I want to take this opportunity to introduce our upcoming digital Symposium, IHS53, which will be August 9-13, 2021. As I mentioned in the October Horn Call message, this Symposium will be all virtual, but with many of the offerings and experiences we have all come to expect and love from our in-person symposia. There will also be some major changes that, I hope, will make this event something quite special and not to be missed!
In our attempt to make this year's Symposium as familiar as possible, there will be live events, as well as pre-recorded and uploaded ones. We will be accepting recorded performances, lectures, presentations, and masterclasses, and these will be offered throughout the week. However, we're earmarking August 9, 11, and 13 as our live-streaming days, and these dates will feature live performances and other presentations. Also, like our traditional symposia, we are working on presenting interactive horn ensemble opportunities, both large and small. Still a work in progress, this will give everyone a chance to make music with other horn players!
What will make this Symposium very different, however, is its purpose, make-up, and registration. I have always been inspired by the IHS's aim of promoting and celebrating the horn and its music, internationally, and wanted to structure IHS53 to mirror that goal of international participation and interaction as much as possible. To this end, IHS53 will be very affordable, with exceptionally low registration fees for members, to encourage as much participation as possible. Also, our desire is to have as many submissions from as many hornists as we can, from all over the globe. Members of the Advisory Council, along with our Representatives, will be encouraging submissions from all of our members. My dream is that this Symposium will have submissions from all of the countries of our membership, in any language, and from a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds: professional performers, professors, music educators, horn enthusiasts...everyone! I would love to see student solo and horn quartet performances all the way to our most celebrated soloists and orchestral performers.
Wishing you all of the very best!
Andrew Pelletier, President
International Horn Society