Photo by www.CavittProductions.com
September 10, 2017 performance "Celebrating Horn Ensembles"
Prize-winning composers plus current and retired Minnesota Orchestra hornists in the first row;
2016-2017 Artistic Director Herb Winslow in the fourth row far left
40 TCHC members who played this concert!

Our Mission

To share, learn, mentor, create, discuss, and enjoy the art of horn playing while creating community through music.

Our Objectives

  • To create a safe environment for people of all ages and abilities to share their enjoyment of playing the horn. 
  • To encourage and build a warm and friendly sense of community among all horn players in the Twin Cities.
  • To organize educational and professional development activities such as master classes, repertoire ensembles, performance ensembles, concerts, etc., for musicians interested in increasing their horn playing skills.
  • To catalogue and maintain an extensive library of horn music for the use of participants in the club. 
  • To increase the appreciation of the public for music written for horn and performed by horn players in the Twin Cities.

Our Leadership Team
  • Bob Olsen, President (Saint Paul Civic Symphony)
  • Mariellen Jacobson, Secretary-Treasurer (Mississippi Valley Orchestra)
  • Gerry Abraham, Director (Dakota Valley Symphony)
  • Cathy Augustin, Director (Dakota Valley Symphony)
  • Sydney Chandler, Director (Mississippi Valley Orchestra)
  • Ken Lovely, Director (Minnesota Symphonic Winds)
  • Matthew Sanders, Director (Govenaires Performing Arts)
  • Sarah Schmalenberger, Director (University of St. Thomas)
  • Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, Advisor (Minnesota Orchestra)
  • Caroline LemenAdvisor (The Musical Offering)
  • Herbert Winslow, Advisor (Minnesota Orchestra, retired)
  • David Kamminga, Advisor (Minnesota Orchestra, retired)

Our History

The Twin Cities Horn Club (TCHC) was founded in 1963 by Minneapolis businessman, Bill Lind. 
Founder Bill Lind

In those early years, members included musicians from the Minneapolis Symphony (now Minnesota Orchestra), Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and freelancers, including Bob Elworthy, Bruce Rardin, Frank Winsor, Eugene Wade, Dave Kamminga, Bill Melby, Paul Binstock, Elaine Davis, Marv McCoy, Karen McCoy, Curt Blake, Leslie Blake and Chuck Kavalovski. In the 1980’s Charles McDonald expanded the membership to include more musicians from community ensembles. Frequent guests included Chris Leuba and John Barrows, with Barry Tuckwell, Phil Myers and Frøydis Ree Wekre stopping by occasionally.  
(Photo: Minneapolis Symphony all-Geyer section (l-r):  Rob Wirth, Chris Leuba, Paul Binstock, Bob Elworthy, Bruce Rardin)

Today, the TCHC has almost 400 member musicians, from high school students to professionals, and a vast printed music library of over 450 titles! 

(Photo by Joel Larson)


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