Horn Day 2019


The School of Music’s annual Horn Day will take place on Saturday, November 9th

in the deLaski Performing Arts Building

Horn Day is a mini horn convention free to enthusiasts of all ages. The DC metropolitan area probably has more hornists than anywhere else in the world due to the SIX military bands based here and the numerous professional and non-professional musical orchestras and ensembles in the region. Capital Horns, an amateur horn ensemble has over 70 members!

This year’s featured guest is National Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Horn, Laurel Ohlson. She will be performing, teaching a masterclass, and leading a gathering of alphorns. Additional performers include James Nickel and Amy Horn as soloists with Capital Horns conducted by noted educator and hornist Jeff Bianchi. Other notable hornists participating include Ken Bell, lexicographer Nielsen Dalley, and Sylvia Alimena, who will conduct attendees and guests in a final thrilling concert.



7:30 Registration Open

7:30 Sign Up – Master Class Auditions

8:00 Auditions for Master Class

8:00 Warm Up for All – James Nickel, GMU Faculty; National Symphony Orchestra

8:30 Alphorns in the House – Laurel Ohlson and Friends

9:15 Massed Horn Choir rehearsal – Sylvia Alimena, Conductor; Brass of Peace Director;
National Symphony Orchestra, Ret.

10:30 The Nine Lives of a Hornist – Ken Bell, Entrepreneur; Gettysburg Faculty; Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra, Assistant Utility

11:15 Recital – Laurel Ohlson, National Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal Horn

12:15 Vendor Visit and Lunch

1:00 Concert – Capital Horns, soloists, Amy Horn & James Nickel – Carl Jeff Bianchi,

2:00 Master Class – Laurel Ohlson with Audition Winners

3:00 The Horn Crew of Mozart – GMU Hornists and Nielsen Dalley, Lexicographer; Chief Arranger,
Capital Horns

4:00 Final Concert – Massed Horn Choir with Alphorns – Sylvia Alimena, Conductor


Parking will be available in the Mason Pond Parking Deck, located right next to the deLaski Performing Arts Building. Lunch will be available for purchase next door in the Johnson Center.