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HornFest 2024

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.

TCU HornFest performance

Sunday, April 7, 2024


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The event engages the horn player at every level by offering a High School Horn Solo Competition complete with comment sheets from Professor Test and current TCU horn students; a Participant Showcase Concert where horn ensembles of any age may perform for their friendly HornFest audience; an interactive session with the featured guest artist; a special break-out session for beginners and middle school students with an expert teacher; 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 the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU!

Hornfest EnsembleHornfest Class

For over a decade, the TCU HornFest has had the great privilege of hosting inspiring and unforgettable performers such as Dr. Rusty Holmes, Mental Fitness Coach and Instructor of Horn at Blinn College, Dr. Jacquelyn Adams, creative performer and founding member of Genghis Barbie, Denise Tryon of the American Horn Quartet and Professor of Horn at Indiana University, Jeff Nelsen of the Canadian Brass and Professor of Horn at Indiana University, Roger Kaza of the St. Louis Brass, David Cooper, former 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 16th HornFest on Sunday, April 7, 2024 the TCU Horn Studio will feature Adam Wolf. Adam is a Conn-Selmer Artist and Artist Teacher of Horn at University of Redlands.

Thank you to our sponsors:
TCU School of Music, Conn-Selmer, Houghton Horns, and TrumCor Mutes

Sunday, April 7, 2024

  • Check-in/Registration and Exhibits (12pm)
  • Participant Showcase (1pm)
  • Meet Adam Wolf (2pm)
  • Around the Horn with Adam & Middle School Breakout with The Josh Davis (2:15pm)
  • Super Mass Horn Ensemble rehearsal (3:15pm)
  • Pizza Break and Exhibits (4:15pm)
  • Finale Concert (5pm)

Registration Fee: $40, includes a t-shirt if registered by March 24!

  • Additional t-shirts available to purchase for $20
  • High School Horn Solo Competition: $20

Click to Download Competition Rules and Information

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For more information about TCU HornFest, contact:
Heather Test, Director