Dr. Gene Berger was an Über host and Ball State University itself was a beautiful campus filled with welcoming and eager students.
Our day started at 6am in Chicago, don't worry the early wake up call was worth it as we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise while traveling to the Hoosier state.
Once we arrive we were treated to lunch (prime rib!!!) and got right to business.
Kelly hosted (presented by Hoyer Horns) a class on "Tips, Tricks & Hoyer's". Students were lead thru a group trill lesson among other tips, but the most fun was had when they were encouraged to try the OPPOSITE style horn that they usually play. (Kruspe vs Geyer). Then Dr. Berger volunteered to be the focus of our Über challenge. Were all those in attendance were asked to face away from the stage and see if they could hear the difference in the two prominent styles of horn wraps. The students were very discerning in their listening and some of the descriptions of the different models were spot on.
Next up we all headed back to Sursa Hall where 6 different students played for us. We were impressed with their courage (it's not easy to get up in front of a room of hornists and perform, especially at that age) and their choice in music.
We were delighted that each student was prepared in their musical selection. Lots of great talent there. Watch out folks.
A quick break and the quartet took the stage to perform an hour long recital. Our program included Dennis LeClaire's Quartet, Kerry Turner's Fandango and Eugene Bozza's Suite for Four Horns.
The audience was enthusiast and we were even able to take a photo with all the horn day participants at the end.
We grabbed a bite at Panera and the Übers are now headed back to the Windy City. It's dark, the moon is HUGE and beautiful, and we're still talking about our favorite moments from today (our new shirts were a highlight) and looking thru our pictures. We hope to have some audio clips up soon from our recital.
Until next time!!!
Liz, Anna, Kelly and Mary Jo