SMU faculty member wins 2013 International Horn Competition

Haley HoopsAn SMU faculty member has won the “Olympics of Horn Playing.” Haley Hoops, assistant instructor in the University’s Meadows School of the Arts and second hornist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, took first prize in the 2013 International Horn Competition of America, Professional Division.

The competition, held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the University of Louisville’s School of Music, is the largest of its kind in North America. It drew 70 leading French horn players from 11 countries to perform in two categories — professional and university. They were judged by some of the nation’s eminent hornists, including professors at leading schools of music and top-level symphony orchestra musicians.

“The festival has been called the ‘Olympics of Horn Playing,’” said Dr. Bruce Heim, horn professor and festival host. “Critics have used words like ‘demanding,’ ‘unforgiving’ and ‘recalcitrant’ to describe the instrument. Great hornists make it sound easy, of course. Haley is indeed among the best.”

Hoops has taught horn at SMU since 2001 and has been second horn player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) since 1999. She’s played nationwide with orchestras that include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.

Hoops also performs with the DSO-sponsored children’s educational brass quintet Symphony YES! and with Voices of Change, a Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble. In 2012, she premiered the Sonata for French Horn and Piano by James M. Stephenson at the International Horn Symposium.

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Calendar Highlights: March 30, 2010

alash-ensemble-300.jpgExpanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert: Members of the award-winning group Alash (right) are masters of Tuvan throat-singing, a centuries-old Central Asian musical tradition in which individual vocalists sing multiple pitches at the same time. The group presents its blend of traditional sounds of Tuva and western musical influences at noon March 31 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

Allez cuisine!: Mentors from SMU Dining Services and student culinary teams from the Art Institute, Collin College and El Centro College will vie to determine whose cuisine reigns supreme in the first SMU Iron Chef Competition. Teams will create menus, work on a food and decorating budget, and – of course – create at least one dish using a “mystery ingredient” to be revealed during the contest. Awards will be voted on by students as well as a panel of judges. The 2010 event takes place 5-8 p.m. March 31 at Real Food on Campus (RFoC), Umphrey Lee Center. The competition is open to the public – SMU faculty, staff and students with a meal plan can use a meal swipe or pay $9.25 plus tax at the door. For more information, please call 214-768-1494.

well-tempered-clavier-cover-150.jpgThe Well-Tempered Clavier Project: Internationally acclaimed pianist and Meadows faculty member Alessio Bax presents a two-day festival devoted entirely to one of Western classical music’s most influential works: J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. April 1 is devoted to the complete Book I, and April 5 includes the complete Book II. Both concerts will feature performances by faculty members and graduate students from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The performances begin at 7 p.m. on both nights in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Sponsored by a gift from Jeanne Roach Johnson. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

M.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition: Meadows School of the Arts presents its annual spring exhibition featuring works by Division of Art M.F.A. graduates, featuring a wide range of styles and media. The 2010 show runs April 5-17 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Admission is free. For more information, call the Division of Art at 214-768-4439.

Dallas Chamber Music premieres new work by SMU student

Thomas SchwanDallas Chamber Music will present the world premiere of Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello, a newly commissioned work by SMU student Thomas Schwan (right), at a concert at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Meadows Museum.

Schwan, an award-winning pianist and composer in the Meadows School of the Arts‘ master’s degree program in music, has two other compositions on the concert’s program: Sonata for Cello and Piano and Sonata for Violin and Piano. The works will be performed by Schwan and two internationally acclaimed soloists studying for their Artist Certificate at the Meadows School: violinist Lynda O’Connor and cellist Sebastien Hurtaud. The concert is underwritten by Norma and Don Stone.

Tickets are $20 each. For more information, contact Dallas Chamber Music, 972-392-3267.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 1, 2009

Meadows Opera TheatreHoliday high notes: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents an Opera Free For All “On the Eve of Christmas,” featuring scenes set on Christmas Eve from Massenet’s Werther and Act II of Puccini’s La Bohème. The brown-bag concert begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

Musical rites: Meadows faculty members Emanuel Borok, violin, and Andrés Díaz, cello, will join the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto. The orchestra’s final program of 2009 will open with Dvorak’s Amid Nature overture and conclude with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

The Sharp Show from the SMU Meadows Division of DanceSharp moves: Meadows School of the Arts presents The Sharp Show, an annual showcase of outstanding works choreographed and produced by seniors in the Division of Dance. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Sharp Studio, Room B100, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Dance at 214-768-2718.

Lunch with Friends: George W. Bush Presidential Library Director Alan C. Lowe will present the program at the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon annual holiday luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Royal Oaks Country Club, 7915 Greenville Avenue. The cost is $35 for Friends members, $50 for non-members. Valet parking provided. RSVP by Dec. 3 to Cynthia Ruppi, 214-768-3225.