Horn Ensemble

Dr. Thomas Hiebert, Director

Horn Studies at Fresno State

The horn has a long tradition of excellence at Fresno State.  Dr. Tom Hiebert, Professor of Horn at Fresno State, maintains a very active horn studio.  Before beginning his college teaching career Hiebert studied horn at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and freelanced in Boston, performing with the Boston Lyric Opera among other Boston-based orchestras.  In addition to an active career teaching, performing, adjudicating, and writing articles for brass journals, he continues an avid interest in his research on the history of the horn.  His writings can be found in The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments , the newly revised New Grove Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians, The Horn Call, and the Historic Brass Society Journal, among other publications.

Prof. Hiebert's students have gone on to prestigious graduate programs as well as to teaching and performing careers.  Horn students now in attendance at Fresno State can look forward to investigation with Dr. Hiebert of all facets of horn study, including:  a thorough grounding in technique and interpretation, solo performance and ensemble skills, a comprehensive study of standard literature, as well as introduction to playing on the natural horn and the inclusion of jazz in the players' repertory.

Fresno State horn students have opportunities to play in a variety of ensembles and performing groups. They are:

  1. The outstanding Symphony Orchestra and Fresno State Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Thomas Loewenheim and Dr. Gary P. Gilroy respectively.
  2. The Symphonic Band
  3. The President's Quintet – a scholarship ensemble
  4. The Clendenin Brass Quintet – a scholarship ensemble
  5. The Fresno State Horn Ensemble

While pursuing their studies, horn students have often been hired locally to play for the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tulare County Symphony, the Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, and the Merced Symphony, among other organizations.

Fresno State Horn Ensemble

Horn Ensemble

Fresno State Horn Ensemble


Scholarship positions for horn students at California State University, Fresno are:  

  • The President's (Woodwind) Quintet
  • the University Brass Quintet
  • Bulldog Beat
  • Marching Band
  • Horn Studio Scholarships

  In addition, Work-Study positions are available for students who meet the requirements. Contact Dr. Hiebert for further information on scholarships.