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*Friendship, Learning, Aspirations, Sharing, Horn

UNC Horns

Monday, September 4th, 2017; 8 AM-7 PM


Welcome to UNC's Horn Convergence: FLASH day where hornists from Colorado and surrounding states converge on Greeley, CO to learn from outstanding guest artists Lowell Greer and Andrew Pelletier and participate in a Convergence Ensemble. For beginning to advanced players - we'll have music suitable for all levels of playing ability. 

$35 if registered after August 15 or at the door


Additional Information

  • Address - Frasier Hall, 1710 9th Ave, Greeley, CO 80639
  • Lunch will be provided (please list any dietary restrictions on the registration form). Dinner is on your own
  • If you are interested in participating in yoga, please bring a mat or towel and wear comfortable clothes
  • Free parking on 10th ave, just in-front of Frasier Hall
  • David Smalley of Boomer Music will be onsite repairing horns. If you are interested in having your horn looked-at, please email repairs@boomermusic.com and describe the horn repair/maintenace needed. Cash or checks only. Space is limited. First come, first served. You will receive a confirmation email. 



Guest Artists 



Marian Hesse

Kerrie Pitts

2017 Horn Convergence Guest Artists

Steven Gross

Steven Gross

Steven Gross is Professor of Horn and Head of the Wind, Brass, and Percussion Area at the University of California–Santa Barbara. Dr. Gross is also a former member of the Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and for 24 years Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. His international solo appearances include the Orchester der Stadt Vöcklabruck in Austria, Moscow Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory, L’Abri International Arts Festival in Switzerland, Nairobi Symphony in Kenya, NTUA Wind Ensemble in Taiwan, Windworx in South Africa, and the Camerata Filarmonia Bohemia of Prague. His Carnegie Hall debut was described by the New York Concert Review as, “offering some of the cleanest articulation and purest musicality.”

Steven Gross was featured at the 2015 International Horn Society Symposium in Los Angeles as a soloist with orchestra, performing the Telemann Concerto for Three Horns with Jim Thatcher and Dale Clevenger. During the same concert, he also played the North American premiere of the Jiří Havlík Concerto for Horn, with Dale Clevenger conducting.

In March 2016, he was in residence at the Beijing Central Conservatory, performing in recital, teaching masterclasses, and conducting horn ensembles. In June, he was a featured clinician at the South African National Horn Symposium.

Dr. Gross has released four solo CDs with orchestra on the Summit label. Gramophone Magazine praised his playing for its “subtle flair and vibrant character,” as well as its “suave and poetic conversation.” Reviews from the American Record Guide describe his playing as “outstanding, striking the right balance between thoughtfulness and verve, planning and spontaneity…an excellent tone and the ability and temperament to play heroically.” Horn Call magazine states that he “plays technically flawlessly and highly expressively throughout…Highly recommended.”

In 2008, Steven Gross was awarded the Stich-Punto Commemorative Plaque from the Czech Horn Society for outstanding devotion to Czech horn music. He is only the second American to receive this award.

Dr. Gross has given numerous international masterclasses. European masterclasses include the Moscow Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory, Royal Academy of Music in London, University of Miskolc in Hungary, and in Austria. Swiss masterclasses include those in Zurich, Basel, Lucerne, and Winterthur. Dr. Gross has been a featured artist at Hornclass and the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival in the Czech Republic. In South Africa, he was clinician at the Stellenbosch Conservatory and the University of Cape Town. Dr. Gross was a faculty artist in China at the First International Music Festival at SIAS University, as well as guest Principal horn with the Hunan

Symphony. In the summer of 2014, he was artist faculty at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary. In 2008, the National Taiwan University for Arts appointed Dr. Gross Visiting Professor of Horn.

In the United States, he has presented concerts and masterclasses at the Eastman School, Peabody and Oberlin Conservatories, his alma mater the University of Michigan, and universities including Indiana, Penn State, USC, Florida State, UCLA, Texas, Colorado, Southern Methodist, Baylor, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Miami, and Temple, among others.

At the age of 21, Steven Gross won the First International Heldenleben Horn Competition. He is now Director of the International Horn Competition of America, North America’s leading solo event for horn.

His summers include performing as principal horn of the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, and horn faculty at Horns in the Redwoods.

Steven Gross considers his family his greatest pride and joy—his wife Julie and his children, Mike and wife Lily, as well as Katie. 

Andrew Pelletier

Andrew Pelletier

Andrew Pelletier is a Grammy Award-winning soloist, chamber musician, respected teacher/mentor, and Principal horn of the Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit Opera House). He has appeared as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio. He is the First-prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition and is active internationally as a solo artist. He has appeared at 8 International Horn Society Annual Symposia and has presented solo performances in 30 U.S. States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, and Mexico. As a member of Southwest Chamber Music, he won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording (small ensemble category).  Active in the world of New Music, he has commissioned and premiered over 25 works for the horn as a solo voice. He is an elected member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society, and is a life member of the IHS and the British Horn Society. He is very proud to serve as Professor of Horn at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA, whose faculty he joined in 2004.

Jack Herrick

Jack Herrick taught for 30 years at the University of Northern Colorado (1972-2002) and maintained a full performance schedule during that time. Jack was born in St. Paul in 1946. He started on cornet and switched to horn in 1960 on the advice of his band director, George Regis, at the high school in Stillwater MN. He studied with Christopher Leuba in MN, James Miller and Chuck Kavalovski at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), and an intensive 10-day course with Dale Clevenger in 1973. "All of these men had a great impact on my life and career. I am indebted to each of them for helping to shape my musical life," he says.

Jack joined the US Army and was stationed with the Norad Band in Colorado Springs CO between his undergraduate and graduate studies. During his teaching years, he was a regular sub and extra with the Colorado Symphony, principal with the Denver Chamber Orchestra and Colorado Ballet, and played with the Aries Brass Quintet in Denver and Rocky Mountain Brass Quintet at UNC. He also often participated in clinics and workshops in the Colorado area.

During summers, Jack played in numerous festivals, including the Colorado Festival in Boulder, Central City Opera, Idaho Music Festival in Boise, the Sun Valley Festival, Four Corners Opera in Durango CO, and especially the Peter Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville OR, where he was principal from 1977 until he retired in 2004 and where he appeared as soloist under all three music directors.

While at UNC, Jack recorded the David Amram Concerto for horn and wind orchestra with Gene Corporon conducting. He was a member of Denver Brass, participating in recording numerous CDs and videos, and he recorded Anton Reicha Wind Quintets on Crystal Records with the Westwood Wind Quintet. He was also one of a consortium of hornists (assembled by Thomas Bacon) who commissioned the orchestration and wind ensemble version of Mark Schultz’s Dragons in the Sky.

After retirement in 2004, Jack sold al his instruments and his home and moved with his wife into an RV. "I have discovered there is life after the horn, but I do still miss playing and all the great people I got to work with over the years."

Jack was honored with the Punto Award at the 2008 International Horn Workshop in Denver.


8:00 am- 9:00 am


 Skinner Music Library

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Group warm-up with Steven Gross

Frasier 90

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Opening remarks

Frasier 90

9:15 am - 10:20 am

Master class with Andrew Pelletier

Frasier 90

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Historical Horns lecture with Steven Gross

Frasier 90

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Horn Convergence Ensemble rehearsal - Steven Gross and Jack Herrick conductors

Frasier 90

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch (provided)

Frasier 90

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Horn Master Class with Andrew Pelletier

Kepner Hall: Milne Auditorium

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Horn Master Class with Steven Gross

Kepner Hall: Milne Auditorium

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Horn repair and maintenance with David Smalley

Frasier 90

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Yoga stretch break with Edie Trowbridge - bring your mat or a towel!

Frasier 63

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Horn Convergence Ensemble Dress Rehearsal - Steven Gross and Jack Herrick conductors

Kepner Hall: Milne Auditorium

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Dinner (on your own)


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Closing Recital UNC Horn Convergence Flash

Kepner Hall: Milne Auditorium