Associate Professor of Horn Jeffrey Agrell joined the faculty of the University of Iowa in 2000 after a first career as Associate Principal Horn of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. He has degrees from St Olaf College and the University of Madison-Wisconsin, with further study at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales in Montreux and at the Basel Conservatory in Switzerland. At the UI School of Music he currently teaches horn, directs the horn choir, and is a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet. He is the author of the landmark books Horn Technique: A New Approach to an Old Instrument (2017, 447 p.), The Creative Hornist (2017, 238 p.), and a new series (Millennium Kopprasch Series) of re-imagined etudes (from the original 1830 etudes) that (so far) include Rhythm Kopprasch, Harmony Kopprasch, Preparatory Kopprasch and Duet Kopprasch.
Professor Agrell has won awards as both a writer and composer, with well over one hundred published articles and dozens of compositions published, recorded on CD, and performed on concerts stage, competitions, and festivals, and broadcast on radio and TV worldwide. He has completed two terms on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society. He has been on the faculty of the prestigious Kendall Betts Horn Camp since 2005, and has been on the faculty of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong. He frequently gives concerts, workshops, and lectures nationally and internationally. His most recent CD is "Soundings" (horn + electronica + percussion - MSR Classics [www.msrcd.com]); other CDs include "Repercussions" with pianist Evan Mazunik, "Mosaic" with Duende (horn, cello, piano - MSR Classics), and "Side Show Tim" with Cerberus (horn, trumpet, tuba - Dane Records).
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Selected appearances (concert performances, lectures, workshops) by Prof. Agrell:
University concerts and workshops: University of Florida, Texas Tech University, North Carolina School of the Arts, North Dakota State University, Southern Mississippi University, University of Colorado-Ft. Collins, Colorado Mesa University, University of Northern Colorado, University of Denver, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Manitoba, Arizona State University, University of North Dakota, Montreal Conservatory, Michigan State University, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia), University of Texas-Austin, Cincinnati Conservatory, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), Royal Academy of Music (London, England), University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, SUNY-Purchase (Purchase, NY), Indiana University, University of North Texas, University of Dayton, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Western Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Columbus State University, James Madison University, Central Washington University, Western Illinois University, University of Northern Iowa, Fort Hays State University, Luther College, University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh, Grinnell College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Cedarville University, University of Northern Florida, Drake University, Acadia University (Nova Scotia).
Festival appearances as featured guest artist: Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival (Juneau, Alaska), Cottonwood Chamber Music Festival (Hays, Kansas), Schweizer Horn Tage (Sarnen, Switzerland), Horn Day - Montreal Conservatory, Immediate Music Festival - Denver Metro University
Faculty member: Kendall Betts Horn Camp (Lyman, New Hampshire) since 2005, former faculty member - Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong), Shell Lake Arts Center (Shell Lake, Wisconsin)
Performances and/or presentations at International Horn Society Symposia in Memphis (TN), Macomb (Illinois), Denver (CO), La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), Cape Town (South Africa), Tuscaloosa (Alabama), Bloomington (Indiana), and Kalamazoo (Michigan).
Regional workshops: 2013 Midwest Horn Workshop (Oshkosh, WI), 2011 Mid-South Horn Workshop (Lawrence, KS), 2006 Northeast Horn Workshop (Burlington, VT), 2006 Midwest Horn Workshop (Stevens Point, WI), 2002 Midwest Horn Workshop (Oshkosh, WI), 2003 Southeast Horn Workshop (Columbus, GA)
Presentations at conferences and other symposia: 2015 Prince Edward Island (Canada) Music Educator's Conference (keynote speaker), 2014 Manitoba Music Educator’s Conference (Winnipeg), 2014 College Music Society symposium (St. Louis), 2014 New Directions in Music Education Conference (Michigan State University), 2011 Nova Scotia Music Educator’s Conference (keynote speaker), 2008 College Music Society Conference (Atlanta), 2007 ISIM Conference (Northwestern University), 2006 American Music Therapy Association national convention (Kansas City), 2005 College Music Society conference (Quebec, Canada), Second International Conference on Teaching Improvisation and Composition (Michigan State University, 2005), 2003 Minnesota Music Educator's Association Conference (Minneapolis)
Improvisation Workshop for Horn, co-host with John Clarke: 2008 in Heath, MA; 2007 at SUNY-Purchase, NY