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thumb HornChoirTennessee Tech University horn students will get a rare experience to listen to and perform for some of the best musicians in the country in March.

TTU is hosting the annual Southeast Horn Workshop March 2-4, and hundreds of horn players will come to Cookeville from as far away as Texas, Michigan and Maryland to listen to presentations, visit exhibits and perform.

The regional workshop is the largest in the U.S. and second only to the International Horn Society’s annual conference, which is in Texas this year.

“It is a nationally renowned workshop that brings great visibility to our university,” said Jeremy Hansen, TTU horn professor and workshop host. “This year’s workshop is especially exciting because of the quality and variety of the guest artists in attendance.”

The event’s featured artists will include Karl Pituch, a winner of the American Horn Competition and principal horn of the Detroit Symphony, and Douglas Hill, one of the instrument’s most respected teachers, authors and composers. The workshop will also feature Bernhard Scully, a recitalist and former performer with the Canadian Brass, and Dan Spencer, a creativity and improvisation expert.

Known to many people as the French horn, the instrument’s performers prefer to call it simply the horn because it is not strictly from France. A versatile brass instrument, it is heard in orchestras, bands and brass and woodwind quintets.

In addition to performances and lectures by some of the instrument’s best-known musicians, students and faculty from dozens of universities will perform. TTU’s horn choir will start the conference with a piece for horn and percussion by TTU composer Greg Danner.

“To celebrate the workshop, I commissioned a piece by Greg Danner for my horn choir,” Hansen said. “It is written for a large horn ensemble with percussion, which is rare. I’m very grateful to have Dr. Danner’s participation in the workshop, and pleased to see the creation of such a great piece for this event.”

Most events will be in the Bryan Fine Arts building, and some performances will be in Derryberry Auditorium.

A limited number of tickets to the evening guest artist recitals and the finale concert Sunday afternoon are available for the public. Contact Hansen at (931) 372-6089 for more information. To view the concert schedule and registration information, visit