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Faculty member offers French horn "sampler"

October 8, 2002

An associate professor of music will perform at a faculty recital sponsored by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

Francis Massinon will present a sampler of audition and solo contest pieces for students of the French horn. The recital takes place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in the concert hall of the music/mass communication building.

The program will include top audition pieces such as selections from Mozart's 2nd and 3rd concertos, movements from Rosetti's concerto, “Romance Without Words” by Davidov, “Villanelle” by Paul Dukas and “Laudatio” by Krol, a piece Massinon will play unaccompanied.

“I'm presenting this to give students of the French horn—high school, college or otherwise—some suitable ideas for auditions or solo contests,” said Massinon. “It's important to build up a repertoire over the years, and this recital will present a few pieces that work well with the French horn.”

Local and regional band directors are encouraged to attend to learn more about the French horn and how they can recruit students to play.

“The French horn is often neglected because of lack of information about it,” said Massinon. He hopes the recital will provide a good background for those interested in playing or in implementing the instrument into their bands.

Massinon, who has taught at APSU since 1991, is the principal horn with Paducah, Ky., and Jackson, Tenn., symphonies. He plays with several regional and local orchestras throughout Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. Massinon holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Indiana State University and a master of music in French horn performance from Indiana University.

The recital is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone 7818.