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Travis Bennett

School of Music
Professor of Horn

Travis Bennett


Phone: 828-227-3957
Office Address: Coulter 154


D. M. A., University of Alabama, 2003
M. M., University of Alabama, 2000
B. M. Florida State University, 1998

Selected Publications and Presentations:

"Don't Waste Your Time Practicing! - How to Practice Efficiently for Better Results." Presentation given at the Southeast Horn Workshop in Cookeville, TN, March 3, 2012.

Camille Saint-Saen's Morceau de Concert for Horn and Piano, Op. 94 . A new critically revised performing edition, edited by Travis Bennett and Andrew Adams. Faust Music, 2012.

“Current Experiences on the Orchestral Audition Circuit.” (Presentation given at the 37th International Horn Society Summer Symposium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, June 2005).

Chariots of Fire arranged for 8 Horns. New York: EMI Music Publishing Ltd., 2005 (Special arrangement created for the 2005 International Horn Symposium in Tuscaloosa, AL).

“A Perfect Performance is a Hole-in-One.” The Horn Call XXXV, No. 1 (October 2004): 107.

“A Horn Player’s Guide: Using Etudes, Solos, and Orchestral Excerpts to Address Specific Technical and Musical Challenges.” DMA document, University of Alabama, 2003.

“The Rise of the Horn Quartet as a Genre from the Symphonic Writing of the 18th and 19th Centuries.” (DMA lecture given at the University of Alabama, November 2003.)

Dr. Travis Bennett, Professor of Horn, joined the faculty of Western Carolina University in 2006, where he teaches lessons in the horn studio, conducts the Horn Choir, and coaches chamber music ensembles.

In addition to his teaching activities, Dr. Bennett maintains an active performing schedule, playing more than 50 concerts a year in orchestral, chamber, and recital settings. He has performed with orchestras throughout the southeast, including the Asheville (NC), Greenville (SC), Macon (GA), Columbus (GA), Tuscaloosa (AL), Huntsville (AL), and Tallahassee (FL) Symphony Orchestras. As a member of the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet (, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2007, and has played concert tours in China, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Jamaica, Mexico, and South Africa. In February of 2010, he was a guest performer and teacher atIsla Verde Bronces, an international brass festival held in Córdoba, Argentina.

Dr. Bennett is an active member of the International Horn Society and his writing has been published in their journal, The Horn Call. He has performed and presented lectures at the Southeast Horn Workshop and the International Horn Symposium. In 2009, he hosted the Southeast Horn Workshop at WCU.

Dr. Bennett earned degrees from Florida State University (BM) and the University of Alabama (MM, DMA). When he's not making music, he enjoys spending time with his wife Julie and their two sons.

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