School of Music



Dr. Randall E. Faust
Office Location: 126A Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1300
Title: Professor, Horn
Visit: WIU Hornist

Randall Faust has been a Professor of Music at Western Illinois University since 1997, and has been honored to follow the late Roger Collins as Hornist of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet (now in its fiftieth anniversary year). As a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, he regular performs concerts and gives clinics throughout the country, is regularly heard on WIUM—Tri-States Public Radio, and has recorded quintets by Jacques Hétu, Anthony Iannaccone, and John Steinmentz with The Camerata Woodwind Quintet on Crystal Records. He is also the Hornist of Western Illinois University's LaMoine Brass Quintet—that has hosted an annual BRASSFEST since 1998.

Previous teaching and chamber music performance experiences include over two decades of summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts (These include The National Music Camp (1985-1990), The Interlochen Arts Camp (1991-2006), The Adult Chamber Music Conference (1988-1996), and the Interlochen Horn Institute (2006-2008), as well as teaching and performing as a faculty member at Auburn University (1982-1997), and The Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (1973-1982). Other performance credits include many broadcasts over Peach State Public Radio during twelve years as Principal Hornist of the Columbus, Georgia, Symphony Orchestra and the recording as a member of the Clarion Wind Symphony: Sea Drift — the Wind Music of Anthony Iannaccone on Albany Records.

Randall Faust has been active as a composer for the past five decades — and his catalog includes works for a variety of instrumentations from solo instruments to symphonic band and orchestra. Notably, a substantial core of this catalog is music featuring the horn. His compositions have been performed in concert at several International Brass Symposia — as well as venues such as the National Gallery of Art, and the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. His works have been discussed in several doctoral dissertations, and have been recorded on Albany Records, MSR Classics, Crystal Records, Summit Records, and ACA Digital Recordings.

Another significant project has been the publication of the horn music of I.H.S. Honorary Member and Punto Award Recipient Marvin Howe. At Dr. Howe's request, Randall has compiled, edited, and published many of Marvin Howe's manuscripts of horn studies, solos, and ensemble transcriptions. These include the ongoing series of studies — The Advancing Hornist , an instructional video illustrating the concepts of Dr. Howe's treatise on stopped horn technique — How to Stop a Horn , and a collection of solos for horn and piano — he Solo Hornist T, as well as various works for horn ensembles.

Dr. Faust has served The International Horn Society as a member of the IHS Advisory Council (1984-1990), as Secretary-Treasurer (1986-1987), President (1987–1990), Co-Music Review Editor for The Horn Call (1981-1990), and Composition Contest Coordinator since 2013. He was the Host of the 41st International Symposium—held at Western Illinois University in 2009, and has hosted The Western Illinois Horn Festival every year since 2002. He received the Punto Award in 2009 and was elected an IHS Honorary Member in 2016.