I am delighted to announce that Joshua Michal will be joining the department as Professor of Horn this fall

and I will be enjoying my retirement.   40 years was a nice long turn!    All the best,  Laura Klock

                              Fall 2013   Standing:  Rachel, Rachel, Chelsea, Nick, Aline, Emma, Meghan, James, Richard,

                                             Down front: Michael, Steve, Jocelyn, Chris, Peter (plus Ali and Kelly in spirit)

Located in scenic western Massachusetts, the Department of Music and Dance at the University of  Massachusetts Amherst offers students the advantages of a close-knit community along with the programs and opportunities provided by being at the state’s flagship public university. We have students and faculty from across the country and from around the world who have come together to collaborate and grow as musicians and scholars.

I hope the information provided here will give you a glimpse into what we do. Please be in touch if you need any further information or want to schedule a visit. We’d love to have you come for a concert or a day of classes, or both!

Joshua Michal,
Professor of Horn


For more information, please also visit the web-site for the Department of Music and Dance at UMASS Amherst.



Here are some horn events from last semester.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm Glorious Mozart concert with Avanti and Gilles Vonsattel in the Piano Quintet and Avanti Plus in the Gran Partita  Bezanson Recital Hall

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:00pm Faculty horn recital with the Reinecke Nocturne, the premiere of a trio for horn, soprano saxophone and string bass by Salvatore Macchia, and the R. Strauss Second Horn Concerto. 

Bezanson Recital Hall

Sunday, February 23 at 7:30pm Rachel Cobb's Graduate Recital with Ludmila Krasin and Joon Sang Ko, piano and Christina Volz, violin. Scriabin Romance, Mozart Concerto No. 4 and the Brahms Horn Trio

Bezanson Recital Hall  Free

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:00pm Avanti faculty woodwind quintet.  It will include Ingolf Dahl's Andante Arioso, Fred Lehrdahl's Episodes and Refrains and the premier of Allen Shawn's Wind Quintet No. 3

Bezanson Recital Hall

Thursday, April 3, 2014 8:00pm

Amity Street Brass Quintet Recital

including works by Crespo, Shikele, DiLorenzo, Weatherly, Rodgers & Hart

Fine Arts Center, Room 44 Free

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 2:00pm

Gale Force Five Graduate Wind Quintet
Katherine Amisano, flute
Megan Jones, oboe
Sara Mitchell, clarinet
Francesca Panunto, bassoon,
Chelsea Miller, horn

Featuring works by Pavel Haas, Richard Adams, Bernie Walasavage, and Francis Poulenc

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst

Free and open to the public

Sunday, April 6, 2014 8:00pm

Lynn Klock, Saxophone

Faculty Recital

including two premieres: Eric Sawyer's "Rail Time" for horn and Saxophone and Salvatore Macchia's "Parole Sconsolato" for six instruments  Laura Klock, horn

Bezanson Recital Hall

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 at 2:00 is the ALUMNI HORN CHOIR reading session.

Fine Arts Center, Room 36

Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:00 pm

William Hite, Tenor

Faculty Recital

including Britten's Canticle III

Laura Klock, horn

Bezanson Recital Hall

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:30pm


Nairam Simoes & Allison Cockshaw, trumpet; Rachel Cobb, horn;

Josh Wolf, trombone & Ben Stadelmann, tuba

Bezanson Recital Hall. 

Free and open to the public

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:00pm Brass Fest with Horn Choir, Trombone Choir, Trumpet Ens., Tuba/Euph Ensembles and the Brass Choir.  The Horn Choir will play Wagner, Rubin and Songer.

We raised the roof!

Bowker Auditorium

Free and open to the public

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 4:30 is Peter Guidi's Junior Recital with Annalise Moschella, flute, Jocelyn Haversat, horn, and Sarah Ehle, piano.  To include the Rosetti Concerto in Eb for 2 Horns, the Franz Strauss Nocturne and the Messaien Interstellar Call

Bezanson Recital Hall  Free

Plus Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and Opera concerts

Join us if you can!!! See the department calendar for details and be in touch if you want free tickets!


The fall semester is now long gone and we're preparing for Fall 2014! Here are just a couple of the things we did last fall in the horn studio. See the Calendar page for more.


Friday, November 15, 7:30pm


Canadian fun!

Nairam Simoes & Allison Cockshaw, trumpet; Rachel Cobb, horn;

Josh Wolf, trombone & Ben Stadelmann, tuba

Morley Calvert's Suite from the Monteregian Hills plus Bach, Barber, and Rossini arranged by the Canadian Brass

Bezanson Recital Hall   FREE

Saturday, November 16, 4:30pm


UMass Grad Woodwind Quintet

Katherine Amisano, flute; Megan Jones oboe; Sara Mitchell, clarinet; Francesca Panunto-bassoon; Chelsea Miller, horn

Quintet No. 1, Giuseppe Cambini
Walking Tune, Percy Grainger
Opus Number Zoo, Luciano Berio
Kleine Kammermusik, op. 24, no. 2, Paul Hindemith
Roaring Fork Quintet- Eric Ewazen

Bezanson Recital Hall   FREE




.:: To see what we are up to this year, please visit the CALENDAR page on this site.

In addition, for further details and additional current concert listings,

please refer to the Music Department calendar at http://www.umass.edu/music/event calendar/

"Preparing" for the Fall 2012 Low Brass Concert

Horn Choir in concert Spring 2013

Amity Street Brass Spring 2014

Gale Force Five Spring 2014

Improv and Tech Fun: Masterclass with alumna Angela Haynes (center in white) March 14, 2013






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