News from Aspen

by Kirby Haugland '11, Artist Development Fellow: 2009

A joint concentrator in Music and Mathematics and a Lowell House resident, Kirby Haugland ‘11 was awarded a Fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School in trumpet performance, where he will hear orchestral and chamber music performances and study privately. Haugland

participates in a number of musical ensembles at Harvard, including Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (1st trumpeter), Bach Society Orchestra, and Lowell House Opera Orchestra. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in trumpet performance, with the ultimate hope of a position in a symphony orchestra or opera company.

Hello again from Colorado! The past weeks have been less eventful than the ones before. I had two weeks off, after performing in Respighi's Pines of Rome with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and have since played in a concert with Deborah Voigt, and an all Mozart program. I have one orchestra concert left with the Symphonia, performing works by Dukas, R. Strauss, Gounod, and a world premier by McPhearson. I have also been attending many concerts, including performances by the American Brass Quintet, the winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, and various orchestral programs.

In addition to these, I continued to take trumpet lessons, concluding with Ray Mase this past week. I did end up performing the Kennan Sonata at a spotlight recital, which went well. I'm thinking about doing it at Harvard, since people don't get to here 20th century trumpet music very much. The past three weeks I was also part of an Alexander Technique class, which teaches body awareness, relaxation, and breathing techniques to make performing easier. It's already started helping! I also have taken an interest in early brass instruments, as one of the trumpet teachers here is very knowledgeable about them, and one of the students (from the Yale School of Music, must compete!) had a cornetto and a natural trumpet here that I tried out. I feel that Harvard's music department, with its interest in historical performance, might be able to do something in this realm. I'm going to look into it when I get back to school.

With only a week left in the festival, I'm looking forward to going home, but I will always remember the wonderful time I had here in Aspen. I have grown so much as a musician, and feel like I can bring much more to the community in Cambridge. I am so thankful for the grant that helped me get here, and can't wait to bring back all my experiences to Harvard.