Marian Hesse to present horn master class

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Marian Hesse, professor of music at the University of Northern Colorado, will present a master class for Penn State's horn students at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Esber Recital Hall. The master class is open to the public free of charge.

Hesse is a member of the Grammy-winning brass quintet Chestnut Brass Company. She is also a noted performer on the modern horn as well as historic brasses including the natural horn and the quinticlave.

In addition to more than a dozen recordings with the Chestnut Brass Company, she can be heard on the  soundtrack recording of Ken Burns’ "The Civil War," the Mozart Orchestra recording of the nusic of William Herschel and the Philadelphia Virtuosi recordings of music by George Antheil and Howard Hanson, as well as on the Boulder Brass recording of "A Visit from St. Nick." Her latest recording, "Todmorten 513," was digitally released in the fall.

Hesse is the author of the critically acclaimed "Daily Routines for the Horn Player" and "Daily Routines for the Student Horn Player," both published by Mountain Peak Music. In demand as a clinician for hornists and chamber music, she has given presentations at Western Illinois University, Fresno State University, the Chautaqua Institute, Ohio State University and the University of Oregon.

She currently serves as the secretary treasurer of the International Horn Society and on the Board of Directors of the International Horn Competition of America. She is also a jury member for the Jeju, Korea International Brass Competition.

Currently principal horn with Pro Musica Colorado, the Boulder Brass and the Boulder Bach Festival, Hesse has also performed as principal horn with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and recorded and performed as principal with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. A member of the Colorado Ballet and Colorado Opera, she often performs as an extra/substitute hornist with the Colorado Symphony.

A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Hesse studied with Christopher Leuba, Jack Herrick and Paul Ingraham.

Last Updated January 10, 2014