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The Western Illinois Horn Festival - 2006-07

April 30, 2006

On April 30, 2006, The Western Illinois Horn Festival was presented by The Western Illinois Horn Institute of Western Illinois University--Co-sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council and The Western Illinois Visiting Lecture Committee and the Council on Student Activities Funds. The 2006 Festival was a celebration of the horn teaching of Dr. Douglas Campbell—who taught the horn at Michigan State University from 1946—1990, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts from 1981-2005. As a significant teacher of international reputation, and recipient of the Punto Award from the International Horn Society in 1996, Dr. Campbell was not only a featured Artist and Lecturer: he also became the focus of participation by many of his former students: Among the students of Dr. Campbell who performed at the Western Illinois Horn Festival were featured artist Ellen Campbell and Contributing Artists Thomas Jöstlein—Winner of the 2003 American Horn Competition, Willard Zirk—Eastern Michigan University, C. Scott Smith—Ohio University, Stephen Lawson-Marshall University, Julie Schleif—Interlochen Arts Academy, and Denise Root Pierce—Windsor Symphony

The Horn Festival included:

  • A Lecture-Recital on the History of the Horn by Dr. Willard Zirk
  • A Festival Horn Ensemble Rehearsal-Conducted by Douglas Campbell, Randall Faust, and Thomas Jöstlein—who composed a new work— The Campbell Fanfare for the occasion
  • A Contributing Artist Recital with performances by the WIU CORnucopia, Artists Thomas Jöstlein, Willard Zirk, C. Scott Smith, Stephen Lawson, and Denise Root Pierce—Windsor Symphony
  • THE FESTIVAL LECTURE—by Douglas Campbell---who discussed The International Horn influences in his career—including those of the Russian hornist/teacher—Arcady Yegudkin, the British horn-maker Richard Merewether, the English teacher of the Horn Neil Sanders, and the American horn teacher Morris Secon.
  • A Master Class presented by Ellen Campbell –with student hornists—Allison Vandecar from the Quad Cities, Katherine Massa from Woodbridge, and Robert Palmer—WIU Student from the Quad Cities.
  • The Grand Finale Recital including Featured Artists—Douglas Campbell and Ellen Campbell, Contributing Artist Julie Schleif—Interlochen Arts Academy, Alphornists Thomas Jöstlein, Lee Kessinger (Quad Cities), Amber Dean (Quad Cities), and Robert Palmer, The Campbell Alumni Horn Ensemble—who included in addition to the Contributing artists—Phil Hillstrom of Seattle, Washington, Mike Royer of Breckenridge, Colorado, and Margie Gage of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the WIU CORnucopia, and the Festival Horn Ensemble.
  • A Special BONUS event of this year’s Festival was the performance of Randall Faust, Douglas Campbell, Ellen Campbell, and Julie Schleif in Heinrich Hübler’s CONCERTO for Four Horns on the President’s Concert of the Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble on Saturday, April 29th- as well as the performance of the Campbell Alumni Ensemble as antiphonal soloists with the Wind Ensemble in Claude T. Smith’s ETERNAL FATHER STRONG TO SAVE on the same concert.

Randall Faust, Director, Western Illinois Horn Institute, and Host, The Western Illinois Horn Festival

Douglas Campbell: Alumni
Douglas Campbell conducting the Western Illinois University Festival Horn Choir
Douglas Campbell Lecture
Interlochen Horn Quartet