The UofL Horn Ensemble is primarily comprised of UofL music students.
At the discretion of the director, the ensemble has been supplemented
by guest hornists from the area's military bands and by non-majors.
The ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire composed for multiple horns, ranging from the classic trios and quartets of Dauprat, Gallay, and Hindemith, to more recent works by Ewazen, Turner, and Schultz. The group also performs horn choir arrangements ranging from polychoral Renaissance works to motion picture scores.
Important aspects of UofL Horn Ensemble rehearsals are the intensive study of musical intonation, balance, and timing. The "section-building" qualities of the rehearsals has been positively noted by conductors and composers who have been involved with the internationally-recognized UofL major ensembles. Every semester, some orchestral excerpts are studied, and there is usually a "mock orchestral audition." Leadership, arts advocacy, and the evolving demands of being a successful performer in the twenty-first century are other areas that have often been discussed.
In its full configuration as an 8-16 musician ensemble, the UofL Horn Ensemble has been actively performing on the university campus and in the surrounding area for many years. Horn quartets formed from the full ensemble's membership are also frequent performers in the community and have successfully represented the UofL School of Music in chamber music competitions.