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NSU Horn Day to be held Sunday

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will hold Horn Day Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Annex. Professor of Horn Dr. Kristine Coreil is organizer of NSU Horn Day.

The event is open to horn players of all ages. Registration for Horn Day is $30, which includes a warm-up session with handouts for improving fundamentals, targeted clinics with NSU horn professor and students, a concert by the Natchitoches Northwestern Horn Society in concert and Northwestern State hornists. Those participating will also be able to rehearse and perform horn choir literature. This year’s Horn Day will focus on special techniques for the horn, including stopped horn, lip trills, transposition and reading in bass clef.

The featured artists will be the NSU Faculty Woodwind Quintet, which consists of Doug Bakenhus, Coreil, Leah Forsyth, Dennette McDermott and Malena McLaren.

Coreil has been a member of the Northwestern State faculty since the fall of 1994, teaching horn and music theory, and conducting the Natchitoches-Northwestern Horn Choir.  She has played with numerous orchestras, including the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Beloit-Janesville (Wisc.) Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Longview Symphony, the Texarkana Symphony, the Meridian Symphony and the Rapides Symphony. Coreil is a current member of the Shreveport Symphony, playing in the horn section for the past 14 years.

Members of the NSU Faculty Woodwind Quintet perform internationally every year. McDermott, a professor of flute, and Bakenhus, an associate professor of bassoon, recently recorded a CD for the Crystal label. Forsyth, who teaches oboe, performed at the 2012 International Saxophone Conference. McLaren, an associate professor of clarinet, has been featured at the International Clarinet Conference.

For more information, contact Coreil at (318) 357-5765 or at