Why Take Horn Intensive

Bold and resonant yet melodious and mysterious, the horn is rich in both tone and history. The Horn Intensive is your opportunity to delve deeper into this complex instrument. You'll master its unique techniques under the guidance of exceptional mentors and forge friendships with the next generation of horn players.

What You'll Learn

In this program, you will explore every aspect of horn technique and playing, preparing you for the rigors of advanced study in high school and beyond. You'll enjoy an accelerated schedule of classes, rehearsals, and master classes, and present a public performance with other passionate horn students.

Topics covered in the intensive include:

  • Chamber and large ensemble performance
  • Etudes by Kopprasch, Maxime-Alphonse, and Concone 
  • Instrument history
  • Music business and ethics
  • Practice techniques
  • Solo literature and performance

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
1 week
Program Dates
  • June 15, 2024 to June 21, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Applications CLOSED

Meet the Faculty

As a student of the Horn Intensive, you'll study with some of the greatest horn players of our generation. Our acclaimed faculty includes musicians from the nation's top orchestras, studio artists, and educators from the country's foremost music programs. Together, they bring decades of experience to their roles as your instructors.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Lauren Hunt

Lauren Hunt, D.M.A.

Linda VanSickle Smith French Horn Chair and Director of Brass Studies

Jeff Garza

Jeff Garza

Instructor of Horn

James Nickel

James Nickel

Instructor of Horn

Rachel Childers

Rachel Childers

Instructor of Horn

Program Highlights

Horn Ensemble

Each day, you'll collaborate with your peers and explore diverse, challenging, and enjoyable repertoire through the Horn Ensemble. The ensemble will present a public performance at the end of the session.

Faculty Recitals

One of the best ways to learn about music is to listen to the masters. That's why our faculty present regular solo and chamber recitals. On nights when your faculty aren't performing, you're welcome to attend recitals by the faculty of other institutes.

Master Classes

In the horn intensive, master classes aren't special events—they're daily occurrences. Each day, you'll enjoy a master class with a member of the faculty or an acclaimed guest artist, giving you one-on-one access to some of the world's greatest horn players.

Additional Opportunities

We also offer a six-week summer Orchestra & Wind Ensemble program, which begins immediately following the Horn Intensive. Interlochen is also home to Interlochen Arts Academy, a college-preparatory boarding high school that offers six music majors for students in grades 9-12, plus a postgraduate option.

The Music Center

The Music Center

The Horn Intensive is based in Interlochen's state-of-the-art Music Center. Completed in 2019, the Music Center features advanced sound isolation technology, twin large ensemble rehearsal rooms, 25 teaching studios, and much more.

Discover the Music Center