Robert Ward gives a horn master class on Neuling's Bagatelle, with NWS horn alumnus Matthew Eckenhoff

Master Classes | Robert Ward
Bt_movie_not_in_use The beginning of Mr. Eckenhoff's performance. 00h:00m:00s
Bt_movie_not_in_use On the sustaining nature of long notes, not tapering. 00h:00m:30s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Think about how the phrases go together. 00h:00m:53s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Sensitivity in the piano. 00h:02m:43s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Keep direction in mind. 00h:03m:47s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Be clear in the phrasing, not too flippy. 00h:05m:10s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Phrasing to agree more with the harmony. 00h:11m:30s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Sustaining the phrase without diminuendo. 00h:13m:36s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Not making a diminuendo to continue the line. 00h:15m:34s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Ideally breaths are part of the music. 00h:20m:59s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Neuling's Bagatelle is performed 00h:21m:33s

Robert Ward, principal horn of the San Francisco Symphony, gives a horn master class on Neuling's Bagatelle, with Matthew Eckenhoff

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Robert Ward

Robert Ward has been a part of the Bay Area classical music scene since he joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1980 as associate principal horn. Since September 2007 he has held the position of principal horn, and can be heard on many of the symphony’s CDs, most recently playing solo horn in all of the Mahler symphonies, as well as the symphony’s Emmy-winning television production of Sweeney Todd. He has appeared at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival and the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, and he is a founding member of The Bay Brass. His Quartet for Horns was given its premiere at the International Horn Society Conference in Eugene, Oregon in 1996, and his Sound of the Sea and And All the Sea Sang for chorus and solo horn have been performed with San Francisco Choral Artists. A native of Schenectady, N.Y., he received a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory in 1977.