Horn and Trombone Festivals

Monday, January 18, 2016

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We are excited to host the WSU Horn and Trombone Festivals again this year. Each year we bring to you world-renowned guest artists and clinicians for a day of music making, master classes and performances. We are excited to announce that this year the workshops will feature Dietrich Hemann and Megumi Kanda of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  There will also be industry vendors on site with instruments to try and supplies to purchase. The cost to attend is FREE, but all participants need to register! The festival is open to high school and college students, amateurs and professionals.  Advanced middle school students are welcome to participate as well. 

The festivals will be host to several performance competitions including Student and Young Artists Divisions for both, Solo Trombone and Solo Horn, as well as a Composition Contest for Trombone. Competition rules, registration, and fees are described in the tabs below. Click for more information.

HOSTS:  Jonas Thoms and Gretchen McNamara

Access to the online registration site will be available in September.

Solo Competition

Entry Fee:  $25

Entry fee payment is online and can be made by using:

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • webCheck

Access to the online payment site will be available in September.

Student Horn and Trombone Solo Competition

Dates:

  • Preliminary Round (Live or unedited video): Sunday, January 17, 2016
  • Selection of Finalists: Sunday, January 17, 2016
  • Final Round (Live): January 18, 2016, 10:00 am

Prizes:

  • 1st Place: $200
  • 2nd Place: $20 Gift Certificate to Mountain Peak Music

The Winner of each division will perform on a Recital Monday, January 18, 2016 at Wright State University’s Horn and Trombone Festivals.

The Runner-up in each division will perform in a master class with Festival Guest Artists:

  • Dietrich Hemann, Second Horn – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

Qualifications for Student Division

- Students must be enrolled in high school or home schooled at the high school level.
  • All competitors must perform a solo movement or movements of their choice not to exceed a total of 8 minutes
  • Tenor and Bass Trombone applicants will be considered with-in the same division
  • The Preliminary round may be recorded with or without piano accompaniment and can occur in one of two ways:
  1. Live audition on Sunday, January 17 (time TBD) at the School of Music in the Creative Arts Center at Wright State University.
  2. Pre-recorded, unedited video received no later than Wednesday, January 13.  Videos can be sent as private YouTube links or DVDs only. YouTube links and DVDs should be sent directly to Dr. Gretchen McNamara for trombonists and Jonas Thoms for hornists. 
  • The Final round will be performed live with piano accompaniment and an accompanist will be provided if needed
  • All applicants must be available to perform in the live round on campus Monday, January 18, 2016
  • No repertoire restrictions exist, however, difficulty of repertoire will be considered when selecting finalists
  • Two or three finalists will be selected from each category to perform in the final round on January 18, 2016
  • Rehearsals with accompanist (if needed) will be scheduled for the morning of January 18, 2016

Young Artists Horn and Trombone Solo Competition

Dates:

  • Preliminary Round (Recorded Round)): Postmarked by December 11, 2015
  • Notification of Finalists: December 22, 2015
  • Final Round (Live Round): January 18, 2016, 10:00 am

Prizes:

  • 1st Place: $250
  • 2nd Place: $20 Gift Certificate to Mountain Peak Music

The Winner of each division will perform on a Recital Monday, January 18, 2016 at Wright State University’s Horn and Trombone Festivals.

The Runner-up in each division will perform in a master class with Festival Guest Artists:

  • Dietrich Hemann, Second Horn – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

- Applicants must be enrolled in college at the Undergraduate Level.

  • All competitors must perform a solo movement or movements of their choice not to exceed a total of 8 minutes
  • Tenor and Bass Trombone applicants will be considered with-in the same division
  • The Preliminary round may be recorded with or without piano accompaniment.
  • The Final round will be performed live with piano accompaniment and an accompanist will be provided if needed
  • No repertoire restrictions exist, however, difficulty of repertoire will be considered when selecting finalists
  • All applicants must be available to perform in the LIVE FINALS FOUND on campus Monday, January 18, 2016
  • Two or three finalists will be selected from each category to perform in the final round on January 18, 2016
  • Rehearsals with accompanist (if needed) will be scheduled for the morning of January 18, 2016

Recordings must be postmarked by December 11, 2015, either by mail or e-mail.  No recording will be considered without submission of the application fee.

Electronic submissions should be in MP3 format. Mailed submissions may be submitted on a CD or flash drive in MP3 format.

Please include the following information with your recording:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email address
  • School
  • Year in School
Electronic Submission
US Mail Submission

Please mail materials postmarked no later than December 11, 2015 to Gretchen McNamara (Tenor and Bass Trombone Only) or Jonas Thoms (Horn Only) at:

Solo Competition for Horn and Trombone
Wright State University
School of Music
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Trombone Composition Contest

Dates:

  • Submission Date: Postmarked by November 1, 2015
  • Notification of Winner: January 1, 2016                                            

The Wright State University School of Music Trombone Festival Composition Contest is open to composers of all ages. Works should be 8 minutes or less and be written for solo trombone or trombone and piano. The winning composition will be published by Potenza Music and be performed by Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as part of her recital at the Wright State University Horn and Trombone Festivals on January 18, 2016 at 6:30pm. Additionally, the winning composer will receive a $250 honorarium. Please direct any questions to Gretchen McNamara at gretchen.mcnamara@wright.edu

Entry Fee: $25

Entry fee payment is online and can be made by using:

  • Mastcard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • webCheck

Access to the online payment site will be available in September

Competition Guidelines

  • All materials and the application fee must be postmarked by November 1, 2015.
  • Compositions for solo trombone or trombone and piano are eligible.
  • Compositions must be eight minutes or less.
  • One winner will be chosen by the competition committee and notified by November 21, 2015.

Submission Guidelines

  • Electronic submissions must include a score in .pdf format.
  • A recording of a live performance or generated through music notation software in .mp3 format should also be included.
  • A $25 non-refundable application fee must be received before any submission will be considered.
  • Email or Dropbox submissions are preferred. However, mailed submissions will be accepted. Mailed recordings may be submitted on a CD or flash drive in .mp3 format.
  • Include the following information with your submission:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone Number
    • Email address
  • Electronic submissions should be sent to Gretchen McNamara at gretchen.mcnamara@wright.edu
  • Mailed materials should be sent to Gretchen McNamara at:

Trombone Composition Contest
Wright State University
School of Music
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Guest Artists & Clinicians

Dietrich Hemann - Second Horn, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Dietrich Hemann has held the Andy Nunemaker French Horn Chair since 2008. He has previously been associate principal horn of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, assistant principal and acting principal horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, acting assistant principal horn of the Grant Park Orchestra, and a member of Burning River Brass. He performed as soloist on multiple occasions with the Rochester Philharmonic and has appeared at numerous festivals including the Skaneateles Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and the Peninsula Music Festival.
 
Dietrich has taught at the MasterWorks Festival, Eastman School of Music, Hochstein Music School, Nazareth College, and as visiting horn instructor at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
 
A native of Albany, CA, Dietrich studied at the Eastman School of Music with Verne Reynolds and Peter Kurau, and at Rice University with William VerMeulen.
 
Dietrich resides in Shorewood, WI with his wife, MSO principal trombonist Megumi Kanda, and their boys Hans, Max, and Lukas.

Megumi Kanda,– Principal Trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Megumi Kanda, principal trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, is a native of Tokyo, Japan. Megumi began to play the trombone at age ten and continued her studies at the prestigious Toho High School of Music, where she studied with Sumio Miwa, trombonist in the NHK Symphony Orchestra. At age fifteen, she became the youngest player ever to be named as one of the top ten trombonists at the Japanese Wind and Percussion Competition. Two years later, she won the Grand Prize in the National Competition for Solo Trombone and won best soloist prize upon graduation from the Toho High School of Music.
 
Megumi came to the United States in 1994, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with James DeSano, former principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Symphony in 2002, she previously served as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, faculty member of the Eastman School of Music Community Education Division, and principal trombonist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
 
In April 2006, Megumi was recognized by the Arion Foundation in Tokyo, Japan as one of the most influential Japanese classical artists. She has also received a Certificate of Commendation from the Consul General of Japan at Chicago in recognition for distinguished service contributing to the friendship betweend the United States and Japan.
 
Megumi has performed in recital and as a soloist across the United States, Europe and Asia, including with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the US Army Field Band, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. As a JVC/Victor Entertainment artist, Megumi has recorded three solo albums: Amazing Grace, Gloria, and Mona Lisa. She also can be heard on Magnifique Live, a live recording with other JVC artists recorded at an August 2005 performance at Takemitsu Hall in Tokyo’s Opera City.
 
Megumi is a Conn/Greenhoe clinician, and she is very proud to perform on a Greenhoe-Conn trombone. In her spare time, Megumi enjoys gardening, going to Milwaukee Brewers games, and taking walks with her husband Dietrich and sons Hans, Max, and Lukas.

Jonas Thoms – Horn

Instructor, horn

Jonas Thoms is Instructor of Horn at Wright State University where he teaches applied horn, brass chamber music, and courses in music theory and music education. He performs in the resident faculty woodwind thoms.jpgand brass quintets and with the WSU Chamber Orchestra. He has presented and performed at colleges throughout the country, including the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory, Ball State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Southern Mississippi, and is a frequent guest artist and clinician at high schools in the region. Thoms has published articles in the Triad, presented at the International Horn Symposium, and reviewed textbooks for W.W. Norton & Co. and Oxford University Press. Prior to WSU, he was on faculty at the University of Evansville and served as Principal Horn of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Currently a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Thoms has previously held positions in the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky-Bowling Green, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. He regularly performs as a substitute or extra player with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra and numerous regional orchestras, often on principal horn. Additionally, he has performed with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, concert:nova, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra/Symphony Syracuse, and Albany Symphony Orchestra. Twice he has been a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and has performed as a soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida.

Thoms is a graduate from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.) and the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (M.M), where he served as the graduate assistant to the horn studio of Randy Gardner. His primary teachers include W. Peter Kurau, Randy Gardner, Elizabeth Freimuth, Kristy Morrell, Tom Sherwood, and Roger Kaza. He is a member of the International Horn Society, National Association for Music Education, and American Federation of Musicians. He plays on horns built by Darin Sorley and Paxman.

Education History: 
  • Eastman School of Music, Bachelor of Music - Horn Performance
  • University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Master of Music - Horn Performance
Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 
  • International Horn Society
  • National Association for Music Education
  • American Federation of Musicians, Local 1 - Cincinnati, OH, Local 101-473 - Dayton, OH, Local 15-286 - Toledo, OH

Find out more about the Wright State University School of Music and Wright State University Horn Studio!

Hear clips of live performances through SoundCloud.

Gretchen McNamara – Trombone

Applied Trombone
Director of the University Trombone Ensemble

Dr. Gretchen McNamara is the trombone instructor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, a position she has held since 2007. In addition to her responsibilities with the trombone studio, she teaches Instrumental Music Education classes. Dr. McNamara has presented clinics (2012 and 2013) and performed as a member of the Wright State University Faculty Brass Quintet (2009) and Wright State University Chamber Orchestra (2012) at the Ohio Music Educator's Association State Conference. She has been a featured artist/clinician at the Big 12 Trombone Conference in Lubbock, Texas (2013) and artist in residence at the BrassChix Festival at the University of St. Thomas (2010, 2011) Recently, she has served as the guest conductor of the OMEA District 12 Honor Symphonic Band (2014) and served as an invited guest clinician/adjudicator for the Weekend of Jazz in Beavercreek, Ohio (2014). She has also been a featured soloist with the Kettering (Ohio) Civic Band, Wright State University Symphonic Band, Xavier University’s Symphonic Winds (Ohio) and the Shoreline Concert Band (Washington). She has also performed with the Lima Symphony Orchestra (OH) and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra (OH).  Outside of her position at Wright State University, Dr. McNamara serves on the Dayton Philharmonic Education Committee and writes CD Recording Reviews for the International Trombone Association. She also maintains a private trombone studio with students from the greater Dayton area. Dr. McNamara has served on the faculty of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. A native of Seattle, Washington Dr. McNamara has earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Washington. Before beginning the DMA, Dr. McNamara was the director of bands at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. Her principle instructors include David Vining, JoDee Davis, Mathew Guilford and Stuart Dempster.

Gretchen McNamara's website

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