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Oklahoma Horn Academy

Wednesday July 10 - Friday July 12, 2019

10:00 am - 4:30 pm daily


Oklahoma Horn Academy is a three-day event for public school horn players of all abilities. This mini-camp will help students understand basic methods of tone production and performance. There will be age/ability Master Classes where students will be assembled in smaller groups to receive more individual attention. There will be ample opportunities to play in a large ensemble. There will be general sessions over intonation, tone production, articulation, and musicianship. Audition material for All-State and District honor groups will be introduced and tips on preparation will be given.

What should I bring?

Shoemaker: Legato Studies for French Horn (Belwin Mills)

Kopprasch: 60 Studies (Kalmus edition)

Brown Bag lunch


Registration fee: $90 (due at time of registration)

Registration is available now through Monday, July 8.


The cost to participate is $90. Payment should be submitted at the time of registration. Register first using the form linked above. After you register, pay via check or credit card.

Pay by credit card

Credit card payments can be made online via American Express, Discover, DinaCard, BCcard, Visa, Mastercard. To pay online, visit our store on the OU marketplace (linked below).

Pay by check

If you would like to pay by check, please let Daryl Nagode know via email at and please mail your check early, so that it arrives by the July 8 deadline. If your check is not going to make it by July 8, please email Daryl so we know the check is on the way. Checks should be made out to University of Oklahoma School of Music. In the Memo/For line, enter OHA followed by the full name of the participant. You may drop the check off in the Catlett main office during business hours, or mail to:

Daryl Nagode, OHA
University of Oklahoma School of Music
500 West Boyd Street
Norman, OK 73019

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, July 10

10:00 amWarm-Ups
10:30 amHorn 101: Basics of tone production & posture (Group playing)
11:45 amLunch Break (brown bag on your own)
1:00 pmUnderstanding Acoustics of Brass Instruments
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pm
Intonation, Tuning the Horn, Fingerings
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
Ensemble Playing
4:30 pmAdjourn

Thursday, July 11

10:00 amWarm-Ups
10:30 amReview of Day 1. Q & A
11:00 amThe Art of Articulation I
 - how articulation happens (fact vs fiction)
 - explanation of common articulation marks
12:00 pmLunch (brown bag)
1:00 pmThe Art of Articulation II
 - putting the first session into practical use
 - demonstrations and group playing
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pmAudition Clinic I
 - Shoemaker Etude no. 20
3:45 pmBreak
4:00 pmEnsemble Playing
4:30 pm

Friday, July 12

10:00 amWarm-Ups
10:30 amReview of Day 2. Q & A
11:00 am
Care and maintenance of your instrument
 - What you can and can't do
 - Making a horn care kit
 - How to restring a rotary valve
12:15 pmLunch (brown bag)
1:15 pmRange development
 - Tips & exercises
 - Demonstrations and group playing
2:15 pm
2:30 pmAudition Clinic II (Kopprasch Etude No. 39)
 - Strategies on preparation
 - Group playing
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
Ensemble playing & wrap-up Q & A
4:30 pm