School of Music


Dr. Randall E. Faust Faust

Office Location: 126A Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1300
Title: Professor, Horn

Randall E. Faust is a Professor of Music at Western Illinois University and Hornist of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet. In addition, he has served on the Summer Horn Faculty, Interlochen Center for the Arts for over two decades. The compositions of Randall Faust have been performed at many international venues—including the Symposia of The International Horn Society, The International Trumpet Guild, The International Trombone, Association, The National Gallery of Art, and the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. His compositions have been discussed in several doctoral dissertations—most prominently in The Horn in Mixed Media Compositions Through 1991 by James Alan Criswell--Doctor of Musical Arts Dissertation, The University of Maryland, 1995; and A Performance Guide to the Horn Works of Randall Edward Faust by Alan Franklin Mattingly--Doctor of Music Treatise, The Florida State University, 1998. His music has been recorded on Crystal Records, Summit Records, and ACA Digital Recordings.

As a hornist, he has established a reputation as a performer of the work of contemporary composers—most recently on the Camerata Woodwind Quintet Recording of the works of Hétu, Iannaccone, and Steinmentz (Crystal Records), and his recent recording of horn music of William Presser and Randall Faust (Faust Music). Past 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 (Albany Records Troy 280.)

His articles and reviews have appeared in The Horn Call since 1980. He has chronicled the work of legendary Interlochen horn teacher Marvin Howe in his 1996 Horn Call Article “Marvin Howe Singer of Smooth Melodies” and in his edition of Marvin Howe’s The Singing Hornist (2001).

Dr. Faust's professional and academic studies began at The Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen Honors Musicianship Scholarship, 1966), and continued at Eastern Michigan University (Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, 1972), Minnesota State University, Mankato (Master of Music in Composition, 1973), and The University of Iowa (Doctor of Musical Arts, 1980). He has served on the Faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music of Shenandoah University (1973-1982), Auburn University (1982-1997), and has served as President of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, (1992-1994), and The International Horn Society (1987-1990). During the 2004-2005 Academic year, he served as Interim Chair of the Western Illinois Department of Music.

Since 1990, his work has been recognized as an annual recipient of the prestigious ASCAP AWARD. In 1987, he received the Orpheus Award from The Auburn University Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity for "significant and lasting contributions to music in America." Most recently, he was honored by the Western Illinois University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as the recipient of its Outstanding Artist Award for 2004.