Hornswoggle Workshop is a communal education opportunity for Horn players in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico.


Hummingbird Camp circa late 1950's

Hornswoggle History

Hornswoggle premiered in 1980 as the first music workshop in the United States solely dedicated to the study of the French Horn. The event featured hornist Dale Clevenger.  Artists were selected from three groups; winners of the Heldenleiben Horn Competition, the world’s best-known performers and prominent teachers, or unknown young artists whose abilities needed to be brought to light within the Horn community.

The Memorial Weekend 3-day event is located in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico at Hummingbird Music Camp, run by the Higgins family since 1958.  Hummingbird was known within the horn community by Father K.L. Higgins, a horn player of great merit. Hornswoggle would kick off on Friday, utilizing the Hummingbird facilities as participants attended various educational clinics and rehearsals.  On Saturday evening, the regional artists had a recital for all in attendance.  This is an opportunity for regional artists to both display their abilities but also for professors to possibly identify future students.  The event culminated on Sunday in a performance by all participants with an audience comprised of incoming students and parents for the first week’s Hummingbird Music Camp (ages 8-18, all musical instruments).  Hornswoggle served as the kickoff event for the following 9 weeks of Hummingbird Music Camp. 

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