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Just in: Horn of plenty is heading for Bloomington

No sooner was Dale Clevenger’s retirement from the Chicago Symphony announced today after 47 years’ service than the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music appointed him to its faculty. Read more here.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Dale Clevenger, principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the past 47 years, will join its Brass Department faculty full time as professor of practice in the fall of 2013, pending approval by the Trustees of Indiana University.

Clevenger, Dale

At the school, Clevenger will join a department that includes Myron Bloom (former principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra,) Jeff Nelsen (former member of the Canadian Brass) and early music horn specialist Richard Seraphinoff.

“After one of the most remarkable tenures of any symphonic musician of our time, Indiana University is thrilled to welcome Dale Clevenger to its faculty,” said Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School.

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  1. I love LOVE L*O*V*E it.

    IMHO, this absolutely cements the man’s reputation and is one of the finest examples of the unspoken “bugger off!” that’s to be found.

    Take THAT, critics and claque.

    • Malcolm James says:

      Anno domini is one opponent you cannot beat, so I’m delighted that Dale Clevenger is retiring before he really starts to make a fool of himself. Just because you can no longer maintain a top-line playing career, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a lot to offer in other areas – and students will be queuing up to be taught by an absolute legend.

    • “Anon”: Hunh? This has been in the making for some time and, of course, is richly deserved. The two announcements were coordinated in content and timing of release by all concerned. And whatever any critic ever wrote about Dale Clevenger, none ever had or has anything but praise for his past, present, and future importance as a leading teacher.

  2. eitan bezalel says:

    Good luck dear Dale!!!!!

  3. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Speaking of Indiana/Bloomington…this is a story that is, according to legend, actually told by the person mentioned at the end about himself: (believe it or not, Mr. Ripley).

    3 cellists die and appear before St. Peter
    Cellist 1: I have led an exemplary life and studied with Rostropovich.
    St. Peter: Go straight to hell!
    Cellist 2: I have been very pious, still practice Piatti every day, and studied with Aldo Parisot.
    St. Peter: Please go straight to hell.
    Cellist 3: I have nothing to say in my defense except that I studied with Janos Starker.
    St. Peter: Please come right in, you’ve been through hell already.

    • wonderful! deserves wider circulation…

    • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

      Coda: again speaking of Indiana/Jacobs/Bloomington:

      When Myron Bloom was on the Curtis faculty (early 1980s to 2000), Otto Werner Mueller wanted to spend 2 rehearsals on Le Sacre du Printemps. Curtis has always had just 6 horn students over the years and le Sacre calls for 8. I invited Myron to play in the section. When Mason Jones, former solo horn in Phila Orch and also a faculty member for brass ensembles, found out, he insisted on joining Myron. So there at the rear end of the horns sat two legends who did nothing but chat during the rehearsal, probably commenting on the conductor. Mueller took it well and, after a public reading for a small audience, congratulaed them for knowing how to count, lol!

      Dale Clevenger has been a controversial figure recently, but I remember clearly a performance of Mahler 5 in the late 1960s in the Academy of Music in Philadelphia: Chicago Symphony, Solti, Herseth, Clevenger..unforgettable

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