Randy C. Gardner is Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds and Percussion Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to this appointment, he was Second Hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for twenty-two years under music directors Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
He has served on the faculties of Indiana and Temple Universities, and his students have gone on to performance and teaching careers throughout the United States and at a variety of international venues.
Before beginning his performance career with the Miami Philharmonic, Gardner earned his Bachelor of Music Degree With Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, where he was a student of Philip Farkas, in whose memory he co-produced, and performed for, the Summit Records CD: Shared Reflections, The Legacy of Philip Farkas. He has performed and presented masterclasses at numerous institutions, as well as at regional and international workshops of the International Horn Society, for which he has served on the Advisory Council. He is an active chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral hornist. The composer of an unaccompanied horn solo, WHY?!, he has also published articles in professional journals.
Outside of music, Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and their three sons. His interests include fishing and camping, sports, reading, church/community activism, and short wave radio listening.
"Mastering the Horn's Low Register" is written for all horn players, whether high or low hornists, students or professionals, who wish to enjoy the many benefits that come with low register proficiency. Its pages comprehensively and systematically examine production and technique, give detailed insights into the preparation of many commonly required audition excerpts, present effective practice techniques that can be transferred to any arena, and list resources of special value to low register performance and audition psychology. Material in this method can benefit any brass players searching for keys to unlock their own superior low register.
Studies on high and low horn excerpts with challenging low horn passages including:
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