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The Western Illinois Horn Festival 2012

February 15, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois Horn Festival 2012, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall on the Western Illinois University campus, will feature three guest clinicians/artists along with Western's horn Professor Randall Faust and horn alumni.

Guest professors who will conduct clinics include Grammy award-winner Andrew Pelletier, Jeffrey Agrell, Gary Reeves and Faust.

Pelletier won the 2005 Grammy award for Best Classical Recording, Small Ensemble. He is an active soloist and he has won first prize in the American Horn competition and has appeared at the International Horn Society Annual Symposia. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Maine and his Master of Music and doctorate from the University of Southern California. He is an associate professor at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts.

Agrell is an associate professor at the University of Iowa. He is principal horn for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the author of "Improvisation Games for Musicians."

Reeves is an associate professor at the University of South Dakota, where The National Music Museum is located.

Faust is hornist for Western's in-residence Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet. He is past president of both the International Horn Society and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. He was host of the 41st International Horn Symposium held on campus in June 2009. Faust's compositions have been discussed in several doctoral dissertations, and his music has been recorded on Crystal Records, Summit Records, ACA Digital Recordings and MSR Classics. His release, "Celebration: The Horn Music of Randall Faust," featuring hornist Pelletier, has received outstanding critical acclaim. Faust earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University, his master's degree in music composition from Minnesota State University-Mankato and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

The festival schedule follows:

8 a.m. Guest artists' rehearsals
8:30 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Clinics by WIU horn alumni
10 a.m. Clinics by Agrell and Reeves
1 p.m. Opening recital by WIU hornists and guests
2 p.m. Panel on horn playing in the 21st century: Pelletier, Agrell and Reeves
3 p.m. Masterclass by Pelletier
4 p.m. Festival Horn Ensemble rehearsal
7:30 p.m. Recital by guest hornists, WIU hornists and Festival Horn Choir

The festival is presented by the Western Illinois Horn Institute in WIU's School of Music. For more information, contact Faust, phone (309) 298-1300, or email

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