Prospective Students

Applying to become a member of the UA horn studio is a three-step process:

  1. Apply to the University of Arizona (acceptance is based on academic records and history)
  2. Apply to the Fred Fox School of Music
  3. Schedule a live audition (you will be prompted to do so after applying to the school of music)

More information about the application process can be found here. You are encouraged to email Prof. Lundy at jlundy@email.arizona.edu with any questions or to schedule a preliminary lesson. With the professor’s permission, a video recording may be submitted if you are not able to attend a live audition.

2019 Live Audition Dates

  • Thursday, January 10 (UA Honor Band Day)
  • Saturday, February 9
  • Saturday, February 23
  • Saturday, March 2 (in Phoenix)

Graduate Assistantships

Two assistantships are available for outstanding graduate horn players to participate in our flagship chamber ensembles the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet and the Fred Fox Graduate Brass Quintet. These are two-year TA positions that provide a ½ tuition waiver and a stipend, available to in-state and out-of-state students. TAs are expected to help with all aspects of running the horn studio, including administrative, teaching, and other duties, totaling 5 hours per week. The quintets rehearse 4-6 hours per week and receive weekly coachings from faculty members. Qualifications for TA positions include: an advanced level of playing, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work with younger players, comfort with ear-training, good sight-reading skills, ability to organize and develop programs, and self-directedness.

  • The Wind Quintet TA position is open for a Master’s student applying for fall 2019
  • The Brass Quintet TA position will be open in fall 2020 for either a Master’s or Doctoral student

Specific Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Degrees:

  • Two contrasting etudes or solo movements
  • All major scales (two octaves)
  • Chromatic scale (demonstrate your full range)
  • Sight-reading
  • Basic ear-training skills

Masters:

  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Two contrasting solo movements (from 2-3 different pieces, at least one from the standard horn solo literature)
  • Five standard excerpts from the major orchestral literature
  • Major and minor scales (three octaves)
  • Sight-reading
  • Ear-training skills
  • A high level of playing abilities

Doctorate:

  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Three contrasting solo movements (from 2-3 different pieces, at least one from the standard horn solo literature)
  • Six standard excerpts from the major orchestral literature
  • Major and minor scales (three octaves)
  • Sight-reading
  • Advanced ear-training skills
  • An exceptional level of playing abilities

If you have any further questions about the audition process, please feel free to contact Prof. Lundy: jlundy@email.arizona.edu. For more information regarding auditions, admissions, and scholarships/financial aid, please visit the School of Music Website.

Studio Information

The UA Horn Studio includes 12-15 horn students, ranging from performance and music education majors, to double degree and non-majors. Studio class meets twice weekly and we cover practical, technical, and performance topics (recent examples include freelancing, transposition, confronting performance anxiety, establishing a private teaching studio). Students perform regularly and guest artists visit often to share their expertise. We have a horn warmup class that meets three times per week, where we cover fundamentals and strive to develop our most healthy and efficient playing techniques.

Performance opportunities are numerous. Students can perform on the brass area recitals which take place monthly, or put together shared, solo, or chamber recitals. The school of music has four large ensembles which perform a range of repertoire from standards to contemporary music (this year’s rep includes Mahler’s 4th symphony and a collaborative concert celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival). The university has a state of the art recording studio, where students can make audio and video recordings and take engineering and recording classes.

The atmosphere in the horn studio is positive, hard-working, and supportive. We are all on unique journeys and career paths, but we share a commitment to be our best both as horn players and musicians. We hope you’ll join us in that pursuit!