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ULM music professor to premiere new piece at international conference

Published July 20, 2015

Dr. James Boldin, associate professor of music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, has been invited to perform at the 47th International Horn Symposium, at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Calif.

Boldin will perform the world premiere of “In Arkadia,” a new work for horn and harp by internationally recognized composer Gary Schocker. Boldin will collaborate with Dr. Jaymee Haefner, a member of the faculty at the University of North Texas, for the performance.


“It is always an honor to perform at a major international conference, but this one is particularly exciting for two reasons: first, it will be the first public performance of a brand new work, and second, I commissioned the piece being performed,” Boldin said.

Haefner and Boldin collaborated on a recording project in 2012, and shortly thereafter discussed plans to commission a new work for horn and harp, which was, according to Boldin,  “A versatile but under-recognized medium.”

The symposium’s theme is “Then and Now”—a celebration and reflection of the horn’s role across time. 

“Thanks to generous assistance from the International Horn Society’s Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund, and ULM’s College of Arts, Education, and Sciences Mini-Grant Program, we were able to work with composer Gary Schocker to create a significant addition to the existing repertoire for horn and harp,” continued Boldin.  

For more information about the 47th International Horn Symposium, visit http://www.ihsla2015.com/