THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC - HORN STUDIO

Under the direction of Dr. Kiirsi Maunula Johnson


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Welcome to The University of Akron Horn Studio!

The horn studio is thriving with members majoring in education, performance, and composition. They are an ambitious group of horn players who sound fantastic, work well together, and have fun in the process.

The horn choir is the pride and joy of the horn studio and the ensemble regularly performs national anthems, gives recitals, and attends horn workshops around the country.

Why Choose The University of Akron?

Performance opportunities

Horn majors at UA have the opportunity to play in band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, jazz band, and brass choir.

Career success

Our music education department currently has a 99% job placement rate.

Dedicated faculty

Dr. Maunula Johnson is one of many University of Akron School of Music Professors that offer their time and commitment to each student in their program. Prospective students are invited to have a complimentary lesson with Dr. Maunula Johnson, details below.


Interested in pursuing music at The University of Akron?

Horn Faculty

Dr. Kiirsi Maunula Johnson

University of Akron School of Music Assistant Professor of Horn, Dr. Kiirsi Maunula JohnsonDr. Kiirsi Maunula Johnson is an active performer and teacher. She is a founding member of the Conspiratus Brass Duo, which has received several grants to promote contemporary Canadian and American repertoire for trumpet, horn, and piano through recordings and commissions. In addition, Dr. Maunula Johnson has performed with orchestras across the United States and Canada including the Wichita Grand Opera, Columbus GA Symphony, Orchestra London CA, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

A featured guest clinician and soloist, Dr. Maunula Johnson has presented and performed on the national and international stage. Recently, she was featured as a soloist in the premiere of Michael Conway Baker’s Remembrances for the Memorial University Brass Ensemble in Newfoundland, Canada. Before coming to Akron, Dr. Maunula Johnson served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at the Crane School of Music (SUNY, Potsdam) where she was a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet. She holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and the University of Western Ontario.

Prospective Students

In the School of Music, we offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in music. We are always looking to make new additions to our studio. Prospective students are invited to visit the campus and have a complimentary lesson with Dr. Maunula Johnson.

To arrange a visit or a lesson with Dr. Maunula Johnson, email her directly at: kmaunulajohnson@uakron.edu .

An example tentative schedule:

9 - 10 a.m. | Lesson with Dr. Maunula Johnson
10 - 11 a.m. | Shadow student in class
11 - noon | Lunch at the Student Union with students
Noon - 1 p.m. | Play with Horn Choir
1 - 3 p.m. | Play with Symphonic Band

Horn Audition Requirements

Undergraduate

  1. Audition: Required
  2. Accompanist: Not Needed
  3. Repertoire: Two pieces (solos or etudes) of contrasting style. One should be lyrical and one should be more technical. Major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats.

Graduate

  1. Audition: Required
  2. Accompanist: Not Needed
  3. Repertoire: Two contrasting major solo works and also an etude demonstrating technique. Have prepared a group of 4-5 contrasting orchestral excerpts.

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Student Success

University of Akron School of Music Horn Studio successful students led by Dr. Kiirsi Maunula Johnson.

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Contact Info

The University of Akron Horn Studio is a welcoming community! Please contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.

The School of Music
Guzzetta Hall 374
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-1002

Phone: 330-972-6625

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