Associate Professor of Horn
JEFFREY POWERS, Associate Professor of Horn, Baylor University School of Music, is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where he attended John Marshall High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with "Honors in Music" from Austin College in Sherman, Texas (where he was elected to Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society), and a Master of Music in Horn from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major instructors were James London of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Albert Schmitter and Myron Bloom of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Roy Waas of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Mr. Powers was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda-the national music honor society-by his fellow faculty in 2003.
Mr. Powers brings extensive experience in performing and teaching to his duties at Baylor University. He played fulltime professionally and internationally in symphony orchestras for twenty-three years. Having begun his career as second horn in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Mr. Powers then served as second horn in the New Jersey Symphony, fourth horn in the Philharmonic of Caracas, Venezuela, and fourth horn and Wagner tuba in the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel and Christoph von Dohnanyi.
Then followed sixteen years as principal horn with the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, Antwerp, Belgium (a fulltime, full-size symphony orchestra serving the Flemish community). During his tenure in Belgium, he also performed as guest principal horn with most of the major orchestras of the Benelux (Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg) region, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Brabants Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia.
Presently Mr. Powers is principal horn with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, and a member of the Baylor Woodwind Quintet and the Baylor Brass. Mr. Powers also performs regularly with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.
Before coming to Baylor, Mr. Powers taught students of all ages, from beginners to professionals, and he served on the faculties of the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Belgium, the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department, the Summer Music Experience in Hudson, Ohio, and the Hong Kong Government Music Administrators Office.
Recently graduated performance majors from the Baylor University School of Music Horn Studio have received scholarships and assistantships for graduate study to The Juilliard School, the University of Maryland and the University of Houston, and many of the music education majors are teaching in significant music programs in middle and high schools throughout Texas. His former students are playing in professional ensembles such as The National Orchestra of Belgium and The U.S. Army Field Band.
Mr. Powers is also on the faculty of the MasterWorks Festival, sponsored by the Christian Performing Artists Fellowship, held each summer at Winona Lake in Indiana. Well known for his clinics and master classes, Mr. Powers has given clinics on topics such as the low register of the horn, the essentials of training young horn players, the All State experience, and playing and using the assistant horn, and he has taught master classes to students of all levels (see "Jeffrey Powers Clinics" below). This past fall Mr. Powers toured with Dr. de Vries to China where they played in recital and taught the students at Hong Kong Baptist University, Taipei National University of the Arts and the Shanghai Conservatory. Mr. Powers is also in demand as an adjudicator being asked to regularly judge the Texas State Music Educators (TMEA) All State 5A Horn Placement auditions and the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition (TSSEC).
Mr. Powers has recorded extensively in ensemble and has 3 solo CD's released to date (see "Jeffrey Powers Recordings" below). Let All That Hath Breath Praise the Lord: Music of Praise for Horn is the title of Mr. Power's first solo CD. This recording includes works by Basler, Gryc, Hindemith, Krol, Marc, and the Sonata in One Movement by Hugh Chandler written for Mr. Powers.
Together with Dr. de Vries, Mr. Powers has released 2 CD's on the MSR Classics label. His second solo CD: Into the 21st Century: Music for Horn and Piano by Baldwin, Bentzon, Pilss and Vignery includes the Appalachian Suite written for Mr. Powers by Daniel Baldwin. In a Lyrical Way: Music for Horn and Piano by Flemish Masters was released in the Fall of 2008. They are presently in the process of recording a new CD of major sonatas for horn and piano including those written by Beethoven, Rheinberger and Hindemith.
In addition to Mr. Baldwin's and Mr. Chandler's pieces, Mr. Powers has premiered numerous other works including Thou Holiest of Rivers written specifically for him by David Uber (see "Jeffrey Powers Premieres" below). His own transcription of "5 Psalms" by Dvorak for horn and piano has been published by Imagine Music Publishers.
Mr. Powers is married to Julie, a native of Northern Ireland, and they have four children-Aaron, Hannah, Joshua, and Liesbeth.
Jeffrey Powers Clinics
"Let All That Hath Breath Praise the Lord Music of Praise for Horn". The CD includes the first recordings of the "Sonata in One Movement for Horn and Piano" written for Jeffrey Powers by Hugh Chandler, "Reflections on a Southern Hymn for Horn Alone" by Stephen Gryc, and of the complete set of Paul Basler's "Songs of Faith for Choir, Horn and Piano, as well as pieces by: Edmond Marc, Bernhard Krol and Paul Hindemith.
"Into the 21st Century: Music for Horn and Piano by Baldwin, Bentzon, Pilss and Vignery". Jeffrey Powers, Horn and Vincent DeVries, Piano. The CD includes the first recording of the "Appalachian Suite" by Daniel Baldwin written for Jeffrey Powers, and sonatas by Niels Viggo Bentzon, Karl Pilss and Jane Vignery. Available from MSR Classics.
"In a Lyrical Way: Music for Horn by Flemish Masters". Jeffrey Powers, Horn and Vincent DeVries, Piano. Works by Meulemans, Mortelmans, Ryelandt, Poot, Westerlinck, and Van Eechaute with the first recording of the "5 Preludes" by Paul Gilson. Available from MSR Classics.
In preparation Sonatas by Beethoven, Rheinberger, Hindemith, and a newly commissioned work by Joanna Murphy.
"The Baylor Woodwind Connection: Contemporary Quintets by American Composers" with the Baylor Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Works by Richard Willis "Colloquy" and "Six Miniatures"; Scott McAllister - "Of Growing Wind and Tide"; Charles Rochester Young - "Three Summer Evenings" and Paul Richards - "Ars antiqua"
Principal Horn with the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders:
Music of Peter Benoit Frederic Devreese, cond., Naxos
Principal Horn with the Chamber Orchestra Walter Proost:
Mozart Symphonies No.1, 4, 10 and Odense Walter proost, cond., Trepsichore
Fourth Horn with The Cleveland Orchestra:
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Christoph von Dohnanyi, cond., Telarc
Second Horn with The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra:
Chinese Encores for Orchestra Hans Gunther-Mommer, cond.
Hugh Chandler Sonata in One Movement for Horn and Piano - written for Mr. Powers
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