The TCU HornFest, established in 2009, is an annual celebration of all things horn and takes place every spring semester under the direction of Heather Test, Professor of Horn. HornFest features world-renown horn pedagogues and performers and highlights the TCU Horn Ensemble while collaborating with the local community of horn students, teachers, and professional musicians.
The event engages the horn player at every level by offering a High School Horn Solo Competition complete with comment sheets from professional horn players and teachers; a Participant Showcase Concert where horn ensembles of any age may perform for their friendly HornFest audience; a master class with the featured guest artist and winner of the solo competition; an exhibit hall full of accessories, new and used horns to test-play, and sheet music for purchase; a mass horn ensemble rehearsal and performance with our own TCU faculty and guest artist; in addition to providing the opportunity to hear a world class recital given by the invited guest artists in PepsiCo Recital Hall.
For the past eleven years, the TCU HornFest has had the great privilege of hosting inspiring and unforgettable performers such as Denise Tryon of the American Horn Quartet and Professor of Horn at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Jeff Nelsen of the Canadian Brass and Professor of Horn at Indiana University, Roger Kaza of the St. Louis Brass, David Cooper, Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony and former Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony, Gail Williams, prolific horn soloist and chamber musician, Principal Horn of the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra and former Associate Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Michelle Reed Baker of the Metropolitan Opera, legendary Hollywood studio and jazz musician Richard Todd and the RT Quartet, The American Horn Quartet, Thomas Bacon of Summit Brass, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, and the horns of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
For its twelfth HornFest on April 4 and 5, 2020 the TCU Horn Studio will feature Alexander Kienle of the Dallas Symphony and Chris Castellanos of the Boston Brass.