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Ear Training with Hornist Natalie Douglass-Grana

Friday, April 16, 2021 3:30pm

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Join the entire Pacific's Brass Department for an afternoon of ear training presented by aural skills expert and Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Natalie Douglass-Grana from the theory department at DePaul University in Chicago. This session trains musicians to actively hear the notes on the page and play with a singing approach.  The class develops essential inner hearing skills, including tonal memory, harmonic, and polyphonic exercises.  Singing and buzzing activities are designed to improve accuracy, intonation, and phrasing with standard horn repertoire. Discussion will also include methods for developing aural awareness in studio teaching.

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Dr. Natalie Douglass is a hornist and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her integrative approach to teaching horn through singing and inner hearing has garnered international recognition, and she has worked with hundreds of students to develop fluency as hornists and complete musicians.

Dr. Douglass is currently on faculty at Lake Forest College and DePaul University in Chicago and previously served as Assistant Professor of Horn and head of brass at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT.  Dr. Douglass has become an authority on inner hearing and solfege training, and specializes in transferring these skills to horn performance. Her pedagogy and teaching philosophies are greatly inspired by Zoltan Kodály, and she spent the 2015-2016 academic year on a U.S. Fulbright Grant to the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. She has appeared at numerous International Horn Society Symposia and regional horn workshops, has been a keynote speaker and clinician for NAfME, and has served as a visiting academic at Oxford University in Oxford, UK. Her masterclasses are in demand for hornists, brass players, and music educators alike, and she has been a guest artist at some of the world’s finest musical institutions, including the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (The Hague, Netherlands), the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK), the San Francisco Conservatory (San Francisco, CA), and the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA). She has taught horn and led the musicianship curriculum at the renowned Kendall Betts Horn Camp since 2013.

As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Quad Cities Symphony, Utah Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and Illinois Symphony. While in Utah, she also recorded musical soundtracks, video game music, and film scores for various recording studios in Salt Lake City. She has toured under the batons of Lorin Maazel and Krzysztof Penderecki and performed in venues across Germany, Austria, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Oman.

Dr. Douglass holds a D.M.A. in Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and an MM in Horn Performance and BME in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her principal teachers include Randy Gardner, Bernhard Scully, Thomas Jostlein, and Kazimerz Machala. She studied solfege and voice under Agnes Gerges-Gal and Renata Darazs of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary.

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