World-class English hornist to perform at Marshall University Monday

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, WV – Thomas Stacy, the English hornist of the New York Philharmonic from 1972 to 2010, will present a recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Smith Music Hall on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.Performing with Stacy will be three members of the Marshall Department of Music: Dr.Julio Alves, guitar; Marlayna Maynard, soprano; and Dr. Henning Vauth, piano.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, Stacy also will teach a master class at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, also in Smith Recital Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Ann Marie Bingham, associate professor of clarinet and oboe at Marshall, studied English horn with Stacy and says she has long hoped that he could give a recital and a master class in Huntington. “Mr. Stacy is one of the best English horn players ever,” Bingham said. “Hearing someone of his caliber performing a solo recital is a great opportunity. His concert will be quite diverse and will include music that everyone will find enjoyable.”

Bingham added that she is delighted that her students at Marshall and others from the Tri-state region will be able to interact with Stacy, who not only is a world class performer but an exceptional teacher. “The most important thing I learned from him is to never give up. If you don't accomplish something as soon as you think you should, keep thinking about it and working on it until you master it,” Bingham said.

“I am an optimist as a teacher—an honest but positive pedagogue—and it's not always easy to reconcile the two,” Stacy said. “I seize upon students’ innate strengths and often the weaknesses will follow along with just a little nudge.”

Stacy now teaches exclusively at the Manhattan School of Music, but has also taught at the Juilliard School and Mannes College, all in New York City.

Bingham worked off and on with Stacy for eight years, attending his yearly seminars in California and studying privately with him. 

Bingham said Stacy is responsible for the largest expansion of solo English horn repertory in history and several of the pieces on the Monday evening program were written specifically for him.

Stacy’s residency at Marshall is funded by the Marshall University  Department of Music and the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors of the Arts Endowment of the Marshall University College of Fine Arts.

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