Author: Guinevere McIntyre

2017 Iowa All-State Preparation Clinic

Monday, October 2, 2017


Check-in & Day of Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Harmon Fine Arts Center Lobby located on NW corner of 25th and Carpenter.
Clinic runs from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Participants should be prepared to play all audition material according to requirements, including chromatic scale, major scales, etudes, and solo.  The horn clinic will be led by Brett Seebeck, principal horn of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.

2017 All State Poster

Iowa All-State Audition Information

2017 Iowa All-State Etudes

Faculty Chamber Music Concert

Coming up March 23rd,  7:30pm in Sheslow Auditorium

Thomas Oboe Lee’s Variations on a Shaker Tune

Leos Janacek’s Mladi

Featuring: Leos Janacek signature

Elizabeth Deutmeyer, voice

Sarah Plum, violin

Zo Manfredi, viola

Ashley Sidon, cello

Patricia Weitzel, bass

Leslie Marrs, flute

Jennifer Bloomberg, oboe

Clarence Padilla, clarinet

Guinevere McIntyre, horn

Timothy Gale, bassoon

Joyce Wheeler, bass clarinet

Septet, opus 77 … “Variations on a Shaker Tune” was commissioned by Mark Ludwig for his educational series in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.  When he approached me about writing a “theme and variations” work for the purpose of illustrating musical form, texture and orchestration to a young audience, I thought what better thing to do than to use as a theme a Shaker hymn from nearby Hancock Shaker Village.    As it turned out Deborah Leath Rentz, a mezzo-soprano who is Mark’s assistant at the Terezin Music Foundation, had been researching and transcribing a Shaker Hymnal, ca. 1850, created and compiled at the Hancock Shaker Village.  (Deborah’s project was sponsored by the Hancock Shaker Village and the Richmond Performing Series.)  So I asked her to put on DAT tape a number of these hymns for me.  I immediately fell in love with the very first one on the tape: “Grateful Remembrance.”  It had a soulful, melancholic core; an almost “bluesy” feeling to it.

  – notes by Thomas Oboe Lee

I. Grateful Remembrance An instrumental version of the hymn.

II. Grateful Chanting Featuring the B-flat clarinet in a pentatonic “chant” setting.

III. Grateful Funk The “bluesiness” of the hymn is transformed into a funk riff.

IV. Tango Remembered A four-note fragment from the hymn is transformed into a sultry tango.

V. Sambinha agradecida The yearning “flat 6th” in the hymn is transformed into a samba Carmen Miranda would’ve loved.

VI. Canonized Remembrance The hymn is treated to a canonic transfiguration.

VII. Grateful Groove The pentatonic nature of the hymn is spun out in an Afro-cuban razzle dazzle finale!!!


It is good to know the striking fact that Leos Janacek (1854-1928), the great Moravian composer, wrote his suite “Youth” in July 1924, when he was eighty.  He was inspired by happy memories of early days passed within the walls of the Royal Clerical College at Brno where as young chorister and student he contributed along with the other boys to a lot of mischief and musical jokes.  The suite “Youth” is full of that wild, boyish, and careless mood, varying from extreme gaiety to melancholic dreaming, as in the second movement.


Great first Bulldog Horn Day!

What fun and thank you to all who participated!

We did plenty of exercises and rehearsing.  Spencer Marsh performed the first movement of Saint-Saens Concertpiece and Bridget Gervais played some of Chabrier’s Larghetto for the master class.

Lunch was on the Drake University Campus and it was a great day for a stroll across the grounds led by students of the Drake horn studio.  Participants tried out beautiful new horns brought by Rieman Music.

The recital included:  Shaw’s Frippery No. 4, Bach chorales, an arrangement of the Finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Sousa’s El Capitan March.  Also through narration and extended horn techniques, students assisted Guinevere McIntyre in a performance of Eric McIntyre’s Jabberwocky from A Visit from the White Rabbit,




Thank you Maria! The Serkin Master Class

Last Monday, Maria Serkin, horn professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, led a master class at Drake University.  Drake horn students as well as area high school hornists participated.  We were lucky to snag Des Moines native Maria while she was in the area!

Maria kicked off the master class  by playing Marin Marais’s La Basque brilliantly, and filling the horn students in on her musical pathway to this point in her life.

Zach Britton, Ellen Judd, and David Tarte performed in the master class.  In working with the students, Maria was a thoughtful and supportive listener, and very engaging in connecting with the students.  Everyone got great tips in using air and making music!  Thank you Maria, we look forward to seeing and working with you again!

Bulldog Horn Day 2016/2017

Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:00 to 5:30

cropped-P8300018-e1475444570839.jpgAn intensive and inspiring all-day clinic for high school horn students.

Horn students will dig into all facets of becoming a better player with exercises and technique tips, an opportunity for solo performance in a master class, new horns to try courtesy of Rieman Music, and horn ensemble rehearsals culminating in the Bulldog Horn Concert in the Turner Jazz Center. Drake University Teaching Artist in Horn Guinevere McIntyre will lead the clinic.


  • 9:30 a.m. – Registration/Sign-In
  • 10:00 a.m. – Warm-ups and Technique
  • 11:00 a.m. – Horn Ensemble Rehearsal
  • Noon – Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 p.m. – Master Class
  • 2:00 p.m. – Horn Ensemble Rehearsal
  • 3:00 p.m. – Tour of Drake Fine Arts Center and Q/A session with Drake horn students, free time with Rieman Music horn display
  • 4:30 p.m. – Final Concert with Bulldog Horn Day Ensemble and Guinevere McIntyre

Bulldog Horn Day is free and open to high school students.

The Final Concert is free and open to the public.


Bulldog Horn Day Registration Form

Preregistration is encouraged to aid us in lunch planning, but not required.

Questions? Contact Guinevere McIntyre at

Bulldog Horn Day Location:

All activities of Bulldog Horn Day will take place in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, located on the Drake University campus.

Master Class: Maria Serkin UNCSA

Monday, October 10, 6:00PM

The Drake horn studio is happy to host Maria Serkin, horn professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in a master class open to high school students.

Maria Serkin is an active performer and pedagogue who began teaching at UNCSA in 2015. Previously, she was the Lecturer of Horn at the University of Virginia and the Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony. An avid educator, Dr. Serkin has taught horn master classes extending from the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, to the Crescendo Summer Institute in Hungary. Her doctoral research established a progressive method of transposition — a first in the advancement of horn methodology.

“Since I am an active performer, I incorporate relevant performance concepts directly into my teaching. I train my students to become problem solvers — an essential skill for emerging young artists. “

The master class will be held in Room 204 of the Harmon Fine Arts Center on the Drake University campus.  Contact Guinevere McIntyre at with any questions.

All-State Audition Prep Clinic

Monday, October 3, 7 to 8:30 PM

Drake hosts woodwind, brass, percussion, and string players for Instrumental All-State audition preparation. Guinevere McIntyre will assist horn students in performing scales, prepared music, and solos for the audition. Students should come prepared to perform the material to enhance the coaching of tone, technique, and musicality. This event is free for all high school students who attend.

Contact Graydon McGrannahan at for more information.  Pre-registration is not necessary – just come a bit before 7:00 PM to check in at the lobby of the Harmon Fine Arts Center on the Drake University campus!

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