San Francisco State University School of Music and Dance


"Horns By The Bay" - A Horn Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, January 30 & 31st, 2010, 9 am - 5 pm

Two big days of horn activities.

The weekend will be hosted by me, Wendell Rider, the horn instructor at SF State and the author of "Real World Horn Playing" and "Real World Horn Playing- The DVD's." For the last two years we have had one day events. This year, by popular demand, we are expanding to a full weekend with more guests and interesting activities.

I think you will find this workshop to be full of new and interesting things that will take your playing to a new level. It will also be a lot of fun. Bring your horn and play!

Guests include:

James Decker, one of the legends of the recording and movie industry in Los Angeles. He will bring his Ivasi music system. You will be able to play along with a real orchestra while watching a real conductor on pieces like Mahler 1 & 5, Till, Don Juan, Rite of Spring and other "big" pieces you may never have a chance to play in school or amateur orchestras. Much fun!

Brian Fredericksen, the long time assistant to Arnold Jacobs, who will be making two presentations using unique videos of Jacobs working with musicians. This is not just Brian talking about Jacobs, which is great too, but Jacobs himself in action. This is a must see. We will also have a Jacobs panel with people who worked with him. Brian and I will also be doing demonstrations of breathing devices and how to use them to maximize your breathing efficiency. People will find out what their true lung capacity is and how to use it. This is the closest thing to bringing back the late Arnold Jacobs that I can give to you.

William Klingelhoffer, Principal Horn with the San Francisco Opera. Bill is going to present a lecture demonstration of how to produce tone qualities that are appropriate to different styles of music, "from the bel canto to the Cabaret." This subject is going to be an ongoing one for the weekend and Bill is going to kick it off on Saturday.

Dr. Steven Gross. Back by popular demand, Dr. Gross will once again use his experiences as a soloist and teacher to help us be better musicians. He is director of Brass at UC Santa Barbara.

Wendell Rider. I will be making a presentation about purposeful practicing, the subject of my new book and DVD set. Get the most out of your practice time. Part of this is how to play expressively and how that alone will improve all aspects of your playing.

I will also be conducting the horn choir and working with the other guests on things like the special panel about Arnold Jacobs and other surprise activities.


Guided warm-ups. We will all warm up together using the latest in warm up techniques.

Horn Choirs. If you have never played in a horn choir, this is a real treat. Just horns, playing very interesting pieces without all those other instruments getting in our way. I have 4 choir segments planned for the two days, including a final concert for friends on Sunday, in a beautiful hall. Its a wonderful sound and an inspiring activity. I use the horn choir as a learning tool as well as just having fun.

Master classes. You can be a participant or just watch a master teacher work with someone else. This is a form of teaching that goes back to the ancient Greeks. You can sign up if you would like to play for us on the registration form below.

Equipment Exhibits. Horns and mouthpieces to try. Music to see. If you have something to sell or trade, bring it along. Bring a horn to sell if you like.


Click on the link below to get the file (pdf)

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$50 for a whole weekend of horn instruction and group playing!

$30 for single day admission.

Email me for more information.

Directions and Parking

The address of 1600 Holloway is the main street address for SF State, not the CA Building. I tried Mapquest and it suggested an impossible left turn onto Holloway if you are coming from the south. From the north it would be useful but you must turn right on Holloway and go a couple of blocks until you see the Creative Arts Building entrance. Google maps suggested a U-turn on Sloat from the south and didn't go all the way to Holloway. Yahoo Maps did the best job. The map that it gave me will get you near the Creative Arts Entrance but to be more exact, the entrance is near the cross street of Arellano, which is a few blocks west of Sloat.

There is another way to get there from the south which involves taking the Brotherhood way off-ramp from Junipero Serra going back under the freeway (do not go towards SF) towards Lake Merced. Turn right at the dead end at Lake Merced Blvd. and then another right on Font St. Then turn left on Holloway, which I believe is one of those crazy traffic circles, and look for the CA Building entrance.

Parking is on Holloway and the nearby streets in the old Park Merced neighborhood. Check the signs for any special limitations like permit only, but there should be plenty of all day parking on the weekend within a few blocks of the music building. The hours are not checked on the weekend. There may be other people using the building so you may have to look around a bit.








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