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CONGRATULATIONS

to the winners of the
2013 INTERNATIONAL HORN COMPETITION OF AMERICA

held 30 August-1 September at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. This year's event had a great turnout, with 48 competitors in the University Division and 17 in the Professional Division. 6 nations were represented.

Professional Division
First Prize Haley Hoops
Second Prize Mary Beth Orr
Certificate of Honor Dylan Hart

 

University Division
First Prize Lauren Hunt
Second Prize Ryan Little
Certificate of Honor Ernesto Tovar Torres

 

Special Prize
Gretchen Snedeker Award for the best performance of Lament by Tim Martin
First Prize Ryan Little
Certificate of Honor Ali Nizamani

SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO:

THE EXHIBITORS
Hornstuff.com, Rob Cole
Balu Musik
Faust Music

THE COLLABORATIVE PIANTISTS
Krista Wallace-Boaz
Valerie Trujillo
Jessica Dorman
Terri Shires
Grace Baugh-Bennett

THE 2013 IHCA JUDGES
Steve Causey, Louisville Orchestra
Randall Faust, Western Illinois University
Elizabeth Freimuth, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Randy Gardner, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Elliott Higgins, IHCA Director Emeritus
Patrick Hughes, University of Texas-Austin
Nicholas Kenney, University of North Carolina-Pembroke
Jean Martin-Williams, University of Georgia
Eldon Matlick, University of Oklahoma
Alan Mattingly, University of Nebraska
John McGuire, Colorado State University
Joe Neisler, Illinois State University
Jeffrey Powers, Baylor University
Radu Rusu, Nashville Symphony, Belmont University
Brent Shires, University of Central Arkansas
David Thompson, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Gerald Wood, University of Texas-Arlington

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
First Prize: Haley Hoops (Final Round: Othmar Schoeck Concerto)

Haley Hoops, winner of the 2013 International Horn Competition of America, has been second horn player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1999. She’s played nationwide with orchestras that include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, The Grant Park Festival Orchestra, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
She began her career in 1994 with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. In 1996 she won a fellowship with the Tanglewood Music Festival. The following year she performed with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra in Illinois. She subsequently progressed through other regional orchestras on her way to Dallas.
Hoops also performs with the DSO-sponsored children’s educational brass quintet Symphony YES!, and Voices of Change, a Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble. In 2012, she premiered the Sonatafor FrenchHorn and Piano by James M. Stephenson at the International Horn Symposium.
Hoops is also a teacher. She’s been a guest clinician at major universities across the country, and assistant horn instructor at Southern Methodist University since 2001. Hoops received a bachelor’s degree in musical arts from the University of Michigan in 1995 and a master's degree in music from Northwestern University in 1996.

Second Prize: Mary Beth Orr (Final Round: Reinhold Gliere Concerto)

Mary Beth Orr began her musical studies on both piano and French horn in Charleston, SC where she attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.  She continued her studies at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA where she double majored on both instruments pursuing a degree in performance and has studied with such performers as Jerry Folsom, David Wakefield, John Zirbel, Karl Hill, Adam Unsworth, and Karl Pituch. She played briefly with the Charleston Symphony and since 2010 frequently performs with the Detroit Symphony and Grand Rapids Symphony while playing core positions with the Breckenridge Music Festival, Lansing Symphony, Traverse Symphony, and Midland Symphony. During the summer of 2010 she was on the esteemed faculty for the Interlochen Horn Institute with Gene Berger, Karl Pituch, and Kerry Turner of the American Horn Quartet. In 2012 she performed again at the interlochen Horn Institute with Nicole Cash and Eli Epstein.
She has attended such festivals as the world renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has performed with the UANL Orquestra Sinfonica of Monterrey, MX.  After winning 2nd prize at the International Horn Competition of America in 2013 she is now exploring artistic opportunities as a soloist as well as her passion for collaborations in contemporary music. 


Certificate of Honor: Dylan Hart (Final Round: Richard Strauss Concerto No. 2)

Los Angeles native and hornist Dylan Hart is a busy freelance musician. Depending on the day, Dylan can be found recording for video games, film, and television as well as performing a wide variety of music genres including solo, chamber music, pop, jazz, contemporary, and orchestral concerts.   
Dylan is very active in the Los Angeles film music scene and can be heard on over 100 motion pictures including Frozen, Man of SteelThe Lone RangerWarhorse, and Wreck It Ralph. Dylan has also recorded or made television appearances with music legends Michael Buble, Neil Patrick Harris, Stevie Wonder, Wu-Tang Clan, Gladys Night, Yo-Yo Ma, and Quincy Jones. In addition he can be seen as a horn player on an episodes of CSI: New York and The Mentalist.
In the summer of 2013, Dylan toured Europe with The Who doubling on horn, trumpet, trombone, Wagner tuba, and mellophone. He has also toured with John Williams’ Star Wars in Concert and Eden Espinosa of Wicked.
In the orchestral world, Dylan has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Redlands Symphony, and Fresno Philharmonic to name a few. Dylan is also a member of the Los Angeles Horn Quartet and Modern Brass Quintet.
In 2006, Dylan received his Bachelor of Music degree from USC studying under Vincent DeRosa, James Thatcher, and Richard Todd. He earned a Masters of Music degree in 2013 from UCLA while studying with Patrick Sheridan and Chris Cooper.
When not playing horn, Dylan a “foodie” enjoys cooking, yelping restaurants, bowling, golfing, playing video games, teaching, and hanging out with his wife and fellow hornist Annie Bosler.

UNIVERSITY DIVISION
First Prize: Lauren Hunt (Final Round: Richard Strauss Concerto No. 2)

Lauren Hunt is the first prize winner of the 2013 International Horn Competition of America, University Division, and has toured ten countries as principal horn of numerous international youth orchestras.  Previously a fellow of Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, she is a guest teaching artist for NEOJIBA, an “El Sistema” program in Brazil.  Ms. Hunt holds a Bachelor’s of Music from the New England Conservatory, a Master’s of Music from the Yale School of Music, and is currently working towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Georgia.  Her principal teachers include Bill Purvis, Jean Martin-Williams, and Dick Mackey.

Second Prize: Ryan Little (Final Round: Richard Strauss Concerto No. 1)

Ryan Little is a third year undergraduate at Northwestern University, where he studies horn performance with Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen.  In addition to his studies at Northwestern, he is an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Originally from Herndon, Virginia, Ryan studied with James Nickel and Edwin “Ted” Thayer of the National Symphony Orchestra during high school.  During the summers he has participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Castleton Festival, National Orchestral Institute and Festival, and the Orchestre de la Francophonie, where he has studied with noted pedagogues and performers including Jason Snider, Louis-Philippe Marsolais, and William VerMeulen.  In November 2012, Ryan was a member of Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra for performances of Puccini’s La bohème on tour at the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman).  Ryan Little plays a small bore Kortesmaki made by Karl Hill.

Certificate of Honor: Ernesto Tovar Torres (Final Round: Reinhold Gliere Concerto)

Originally from Mexico, Ernesto Tovar Torres started playing the Horn at the age of 10. He is currently a Senior Horn Performance Major at Oklahoma State University studying under Professor Lanette Compton. Ernesto has attended the Texas Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and the Idyllwild Arts Festival. In May 2013, Ernesto performed as Principal Horn with the Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble at the Japan Band Clinic in Hamamatsu City, Japan. Ernesto has also played with the Tulsa Symphony, New Life Symphony Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Ernesto was named first place winner in the Undergraduate Solo Competition at the 2012 Mid-South Horn Workshop in Conway, Arkansas and Brass Division Winner in the 2013 Oklahoma Community Orchestra Concerto Competition. In his free time, Ernesto enjoys the outdoors and playing racquetball. 

GRETCHEN SNEDECKER PRIZE

Ryan Little is a third year undergraduate at Northwestern University, where he studies horn performance with Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen.  In addition to his studies at Northwestern, he is an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Originally from Herndon, Virginia, Ryan studied with James Nickel and Edwin “Ted” Thayer of the National Symphony Orchestra during high school.  During the summers he has participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Castleton Festival, National Orchestral Institute and Festival, and the Orchestre de la Francophonie, where he has studied with noted pedagogues and performers including Jason Snider, Louis-Philippe Marsolais, and William VerMeulen.  In November 2012, Ryan was a member of Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra for performances of Puccini’s La bohème on tour at the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman). Ryan Little plays a small bore Kortesmaki made by Karl Hill.

Ali Nizamani began playing the horn at age eleven in his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. After studying with Steven Denroche during high school, Ali enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study with Bernhard Scully. He is currently in his third year pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. Ali's summer engagements have included the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Kendall Betts Horn Camp, Marrowstone Summer Music Festival, and Courtenay Youth Music Camp. Aside from playing the horn, Ali enjoys singing with his South Asian A Cappella group, Chai - Town, and spending time with his friends and family.  Ali is a student of Bernhard Scully at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Please use the links to the left to learn more about the International Horn Competition of America!