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Celebrating 50 years, Atkinson’s are a family of Horn players and Hornsmiths dating back since 1964. Mark Atkinson’s father-Robert Atkinson and brother-Jim Atkinson knew Carl Geyer when he was five years old. Geyer made Jim a high G Waldhorn on his tenth birthday for a gift and his father in his professional Horn playing career worked with Mr. Geyer at every available opportunity. Their love of the instrument compelled them to make better Horns. This practical experience translated into constantly striving to MAKE the BEST HORNS and to improve without altering a time honored design and sound. As a young boy Mark started working at his father’s shop sweeping and constantly cleaning his tools. Later in life he began his full time career as a HORNSMITH. This career began in playing the Horn and progressed through school and apprenticeship instrument building. Many of these skill were learned in college while others were learned through working in instrument factories with some of the best and perhaps the most unknown craftsmen in the industry. Through teachers and associates he learned precision machining, bell spinning, assembly and the ability to produce in small or large volumes. Most of these great artistic craftsmen are now deceased, however, their life, exuberance and skill live on in Atkinson Horns. Without their help success would not be possible. He is forever in their debt, not only for their knowledge, but for their humanity!
Jim Patterson, has been in the brass instrument repair business since 1980. He built his first natural horn in 1995 followed by a double horn in 2000. He began his musical studies at age 9 on the Piano/organ then joined the Middle School Band at age 13 first on the Trumpet then Tuba. He switched to the horn in 1972 at the age of 16.
Jim studied the horn at U.S. C. with Hollywood Studio greats Vince DeRosa and Jim Decker, also with Wally Linder, and prior to that with Ralph Pyle, (LA Phil). He has performed as a freelance and recording musician in the Los Angeles area, and also played Natural Horn with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and Musica Antigua. He currently performs with the El Paso Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, Roswell Symphony, various Chamber Ensembles and some freelance work.
As a horn maker, Jim has studied with Lowell Greer in the development of Natural Horns and their history, and spent 5 years working with custom Trumpet Maker, Bob Malone. He has been keenly interested in the workings of musical instruments from a young age and has been studying and repairing them since 1969, including repadding a flute and baritone sax as the age of 14. He opened his first horn shop in Los Angeles in 1995, then moved to his current location in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2005. Jim also has much experience in metal machining and aerospace manufacturing and prior to opening his own shop, worked in that field for 10 years.
Jim credits all of his teachers for helping to build strong playing fundamentals which have been of tremendous value in understanding how horns work, and how they might be improved.
Randall Faust has been active as a hornist, teacher, and composer-and has served the International Horn Society in a variety of roles including Composition Contest Coordinator, Advisory Council Member, Secretary, President, and as Host of the 41st International Symposium—held at Western Illinois University in 2009. In addition, he hosted the annual Western Illinois Horn Festival from 2002-2018. Over the past four and a half decades, his teaching and performance experiences include service as a Professor of Music at Western Illinois University, and Hornist of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet-as well as The National Music Camp/Interlochen Arts Camp, Auburn University, and The Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.
One of Dr. Faust’s ongoing projects has been the documentation and publication of the teaching materials of the hornist, teacher and mentor-Marvin Howe. 1n 1996, Faust’s biographical article—“Marvin Howe—Singer of Smooth Melodies,” was published in the Horn Call. Subsequently, Randall Faust has compiled, and edited many of Marvin Howe’s manuscripts of horn studies, solos, and ensemble transcriptions. These include the ongoing series of books—The Advancing Hornist, an instructional video—How to Stop a Horn, The Solo Hornist—Solos for Horn and Piano, as well as many works for Horn Ensembles-now published by Randall and Sharon Faust. We look forward to sharing the thoughts and studies of Dr. Howe on “HOWE TO PLAY THE HORN” and are delighted to be a part of the Southwest Horn Conference again this year!
Gebr. Alexander, Rhein. Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH
Seven generations – one passion: music and musical instrument making.
More than 230 years of history fascinate with tradition: in the family history of the company Alexander, it is the passion for music that has been inherited over the centuries from father to son. It was Franz Ambros Alexander who settled in Mainz in 1782 as an instrument maker and laid the foundations for a successful company. Every generation of his descendants does its best – with a constant spirit of innovation in the manufacture of instruments, the highest standards of craftsmanship and comprehensive service.
As Germany’s oldest manufacturer of brass instruments, we are committed to the highest quality: Alexander instruments are among the most recognized top brands worldwide. Constant exchange of experiences with outstanding musicians and regular evaluation of scientific knowledge have influence in the production. As a premium manufacturer of brass instruments we enjoy an outstanding position. The Alexander emblem is regarded as an established seal of quality and guarantor for the legendary, sustainable sound, pure tuning and best intonation – made in German, manufactured in Mainz.
Even Richard Wagner was a customer of Gebr. Alexander when he was looking for a new sound for his “Ring des Nibelungen”. In artistic collaboration with him, the Wagner tuba was created, which opened a new chapter in musical history with perfected expression between horn and baritone.
Alexander horns are of a unique myth and are sought after as a cult object by conservatoires and major orchestras as well as ambitious amateurs all over the world.
Passed down from generation to generation, until today the secret of the legendary Alexander sound is in the masters hands of the instrument dynasty from Mainz. The masters themselves select the best materials and inspect the result after every step with utmost care. Based on our knowledge and expertise, we enjoy a great reputation with solo musicians and top orchestras worldwide. In order to continue to guarantee this high standard in the future, we regularly train young people in our workshop and are considered as recognized training company.
Idyllwild Arts Residential Arts High School
Idyllwild Arts Academy – Changing Lives Through the Transformative Power of Art
The Idyllwild Arts Academy is the country’s premier and internationally-acclaimed residential arts high school (9th-12th; PG) (September through May) which provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists. Idyllwild Arts Academy’s 300 students hail from more than 30 countries and pursue artistic excellence in Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film & Digital Media, InterArts, and Fashion Design. Graduates of Idyllwild Arts Academy currently excel in every professional field of the arts including Broadway theatre, primetime television, classical and jazz music, motion pictures, graphic design, photography and more.
Kurt Snyder, the Idyllwild Arts Acdemy horn teacher, will be available to answer questions regarding the school. If not at the vendor table, you can call or text him at 760-484-3496.
Kurt Snyder has a varied and extensive background in music performance and pedagogy. He has performed on over five hundred movie scores with major film composers including Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Elmer Bernstein, Randy Newman, Alan Sylvestri, Danny Elfman, James Horner, and Michael Giacchino among others. He has also recorded on numerous television shows and jingles. Orchestral performance credits include work with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, CalArts New Century Players and many others. Kurt has also served as principal horn in concert with luminaries including The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavoratti, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Grobin, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini.
While a student at UCLA, SMU and The Juilliard School, Kurt’s horn teachers included the preeminent horn players Vincent DeRosa, Sinclair Lott, James London and James Chambers. Mr. Snyder has served on the music faculties of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the California Institute of the Arts. He is currently the horn instructor for Idyllwild Arts Academy where he joined the faculty as a founding member in 1986.
Many of Kurt’s students have gone on to prestigious music schools including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Yale, Oberlin and Cleveland Institute of Music. Many of those students are now enjoying successful careers in music and some have won top orchestral positions in Europe, Asia and the United States. Since retiring from the Los Angeles music scene, Kurt is continuing his lifelong passions of playing chamber music with his colleagues and friends and teaching.
Edward House Music
Learn to become a more confident performer and musician. My online course Perform with Confidence explores the relationship between anxiety, confidence, and self expression as a musician. Discovery about myself in my personal life led me to realizations about why I was lacking confidence in my performing abilities and always getting anxious onstage. I have taken the lessons learned during that time and turned them into an online course to help other musicians become the best players and performers they can be.
Dr. Edward House is a dynamic horn player and teacher committed to sharing his love of the horn. He is at home with many styles of music having played in chamber, symphonic, studio, and musical theater settings.
Recent engagements include the Schumann Konzertstück with the Stony Brook University Symphony, Gounod’s Petite Symphonie as part of the Staller Center’s Starry Nights series, and Principal Horn for Stony Brook Opera’s production of Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, as well as numerous appearances as a freelance player in New York City.
Edward completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University with David Jolley. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Messiah College studying with Dr. Mike Harcrow, and a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) with David Jolley, where he was a Teaching Assistant for the Horn Studio.