New Horn

By: Bruce Brewster

Last week, Dr. Serkin brought a new horn into my lesson and asked me to try it out. I played the entirety of Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3 in front of a small audience. At first, I thought that this was not the horn for me. Other than the new horn needing less air (compared to my Conn 8D) and producing high notes wih more ease, I thought that there weren’t enough pros to go with the numerous cons.I decided to take it to orchestra rehearsal that night anyway, and as the rehearsal went continued, the "cons" seemed to disappear.

Now that I’ve been playing it for a week, my intonation has drastically improved (compared to my old horn), and my low register has become easier to project. My favorite thing about my new horn is the instrument's sound, and how adaptable that sound is to the different ensembles I play in. All in all, I feel very confident playing my new horn and I’m looking forward to using it in the years to come.

June 21, 2017