Join the world-renowned faculty for a week-long seminar for english horn players of all ages and ability levels on the beautiful campus of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia



Grammy nominee Thomas Stacy, the vaunted solo English hornist of the New York Philharmonic, continues an active performance schedule since leaving the Orchestra. During his 39 seasons there he was soloist more than 70 times, with all recent music directors and several guest conductors, in performances in America, Asia and at numerous European music festivals, including the London Proms.

This year we are excited to welcome Brian Seaton as our repair technician for the seminar.  

Brian Seaton maintains a combination of skills rarely encountered as an oboist.  Brian is a performing symphony musician, chamber musician, oboe maker, master repair technician, lecturer,  and pedagog.  Brian performs regularly with the Savannah Philharmonic and the Great Noise Ensemble in Washington D.C.. Since 2008, he has toured China 4 times as solo oboist with the Mantovani Orchestra. Brian is always searching for unique concert experiences that bring the audience into the performance. Most recently he was featured soloist with the Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony, in Ontario Canada, as he wrote and performed as soloist in his own symphony show centered around embodied listening.  

Brian and his wife, Andrea Pettigrew, are Asheville transplants and greatly enjoy the outdoor life that Western North Carolina has to offer.  He might be looking for hidden trails in Pisgah or he might be carving out a two wheeled adventure on a windy mountain road.

Brian was recently appointed oboe instructor at Western Carolina University and performs in the faculty reed trio.  Brian was awarded the Master of Music from Florida State University in 2001 and the Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998.

Sessions will include

  • Basics of beautiful sound production

  • An opportunity to hear the distinguished faculty perform every day

  • Master classes on orchestral excerpts

  • Reed making:   schedule to allow for attendance to oboe and english horn
    reed making classes

  • Solo coaching with pianist

  • Recital performances (optional)

  • Chamber music-  trios for 2 oboes and english horn

  • Mass double reed band

  • Mock auditions (optional) A chance to receive constructive critique from
    all faculty.