Xin He
Catonsville, MD
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Xin He

Xin H.

Catonsville, MD
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Ear training is an essential skill for instrument learning. From years of playing horn and conservatory theory, I have gained experience in aural recognition. We will work on prepared and sight-singing along with dictation as a fundamental part of the lesson.

About Xin H.

Hello, I'm Xin! I am a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and am based in the Baltimore area. I can't wait to help you with your musical dreams. I am available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons worldwide.

I have been studying classical horn playing for 10 years and can teach beginning trumpet as well. i can also teach natural horn and audition readiness. I enjoy having a varied studio and am inspired every day by my students' love for horn playing.

Message me today with a request! Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.

----Professional Biography----
Xin H. is a freelance horn player based in Baltimore, Maryland. She has recently graduated with her BM in Horn Performance from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Peter Kurau and studied under Adjunct Professor Maura McCune-Corvington as well. In addition, she has studied under Larry Williams, Philip Munds, and Anneka Zuehlke. While at Eastman, she was Principal Horn on pieces such as Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and was invited on the 2020 Eastman Philharmonia China Tour.

Xin has performed with groups such as Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as a substitute musician and the Eastman Philharmonia. She has been a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Festival in 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively and will be returning to TMC in 2021. In Winter 2020, she participated in the 52nd annual New York String Orchestra Seminar. She is also a passionate chamber musician, having performed with groups such as the Eastman Brass Guild, Sarasota Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, and various other small chamber groups. In November 2020, she was invited to perform for the MET Opera Orchestra Horn Masterclass.

Her teaching experience includes maintaining a private studio of students ranging from the ages of 9 to 55 and has taught complete beginners who have never touched a brass instrument in their lives to advanced students to trumpet students. She has experience teaching beginner trumpet players as well. She is also a Substitute Teaching Artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program, a program modeled after El Sistema that brings music education to inner-city students, and has experience teaching and coaching brass groups.

In addition to horn playing, Xin is very passionate about rabbits, and is dedicated to rabbit rescue, fostering, and rehabilitation and is experienced in special-needs animals. She also enjoys cooking and especially baking and has been raising a 200+ year old sourdough starter that originated in San Francisco.

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Ayla
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Our first class was amazing! Xin is bursting with positive energy, kindness, and patience. She’s exactly what my 9 year old hopeful musician needs right now! Can’t wait to continue classes with her!

Posted Mar 11, 2021
Karin
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Xi is VERY knowledgeable of the art of horn playing. I understand what she is saying without difficulty. She knows what she is doing and her skill in teaching is above average. I’m so thankful to have found a teacher who respects where I am at 54 and how to help me get back in the game. The work is up to me of course, but she been very real and encouraging along the way. Well done!

Posted Nov 7, 2020
Rose R.
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Dynamic and effective lessons. Fundamentals of horn playing explained thoroughly through fun, easy to follow drills and video clips from the instructor. Each student gets a designated share drive with lesson notes, assignments, technique videos etc.

Posted Nov 6, 2020
Zayan R.
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She is great with small kids

Posted Nov 3, 2020
Teodor Najdan T.
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An excellent teacher. I enjoyed the lesson a lot and some progress was definitely made :)

Posted Oct 27, 2020
Jade
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The first lesson was great. My daughter is looking forward to more!

Posted Oct 4, 2020
Michael T.
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I enjoyed lessons with Xin so much! She provided great tips for improving my playing range, attack, etc. Good sense of humor and patient with me.

Posted Oct 2, 2020
Sarah
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Xin is an energetic and friendly instructor. I was so glad to see she brings her horn to the lessons as well. My child connected with her right away, and he has a renewed excitement for his instrument.

Posted Jul 6, 2020
Jill D.
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Xin is a superb instructor. She is very patient and has provided me with techniques and tips that have improved my horn skills significantly. She is very knowledgeable and online instruction allows her to provide immediate feedback during the lesson. Though I have a long way to go, the improvements I have experienced have far surpassed my expectations.

Posted Nov 26, 2018
Andrew
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I haven't taken lessons from Xin, but as a colleague of hers at the Eastman School of Music, I can honestly say that she is one of the best and most dedicated horn players I've ever met. I have no doubt that Xin's skills as a musician would transfer well to her teaching. You won't go wrong with her.

Posted Jul 11, 2018
Ryan
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Loved her informative and supportive sessions! Would highly recommend!

Posted Jul 10, 2018
Isaac

I go to school with Xin and she is a very dedicated player with a beautiful sound. She is very knowledgeable of horn playing mechanics and will make an amazing teacher.

Posted May 22, 2018

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Experience

Fellow
Nov 2020 - Present

New York String Orchestra Seminar

Substitute Teaching Artist
Sep 2020 - Present

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids

I am a substitute teaching artist for the BSO's OrchKids program, an El Sistema-based program in Baltimore City providing free music education.

Fellow
Jun 2020 - Present

Tanglewood Music Festival

I was selected to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival for summer 2020. The in-person requirement of this festival needed to be postponed, so I will be attending this festival online! I'm re-invited back for next year, so if you happen to visit the Berkshires in Massachusetts, see you there!

Substitute Horn
May 2017 - Present

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Substitute Horn
Oct 2018 - Nov 2019

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Fellow
Jun 2019 - Jun 2019

Sarasota Music Festival

I attended the Sarasota Music Festival, a chamber music-focused music festival during the summer of 2019. I had an absolutely amazing time going out of my comfort-zone experiencing all there is to offer in the world of chamber music!

Fellow
May 2018 - Jul 2018

National Orchestral Institute + Festival

I was a fellow with the National Orchestra Institute + Festival at the University of Maryland, College Park. I performed in various community outreach during my time here and gained valuable orchestral playing experience and connections.

Brass Intern
Jun 2014 - Jul 2016

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids Summer Program

I supported group Brass class for the upper and lower levels and gave individual lessons for those who wanted them every week. I mostly taught horn players but I also taught trumpet players.

Education

Master of Music (Horn)
Apr 2021 - Present

Yale School of Music

Bachelor of Music, Applied Music (Horn)
Aug 2016 - May 2020

Eastman School of Music

Horn
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016

Peabody Preparatory

Languages

Chinese

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

International Horn Society
Aug 2016
Since 1970, The International Horn Society (IHS) has been an organization of people from around the world drawn together with a mutual interest in the horn. We are dedicated to the performance, teaching, composition, research, preservation, and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument.

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