About the Project

This website has grown out of my doctoral final project, Horn Opera Excerpts: A Suggested Addition to Current American Pedagogy.  Research for this project included acquiring data from a nationwide survey of college and university horn professors, and the compilation of excerpts from recent American horn opera auditions. For further study, please see the Resources page for suggestions of additional opera resources. 

I would like to thank my research director Richard Seraphinoff for his patience and guidance during the course of this entire project. Thank you also to my doctoral advisor Jeff Nelsen for his continual support and inspiration. Finally, I am very grateful to Mariel Stauff in the IU William & Gayle Cook Music Library for her help accessing the horn parts for the operas included on this website. 


About the Author 

Ericka Tyner Grodrian is Assistant Professor of Music at Valparaiso University where she teaches applied horn, chamber music, performance techniques, and musicianship courses. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Dr. Grodrian focused her dissertation research on the role of opera excerpts in recent American horn pedagogy. After presenting her findings at the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference, she launched Beyond the Short Call as an online resource for horn students and professionals preparing opera orchestra auditions. 

An active pedagogue, Dr. Grodrian was previously Lecturer of Horn and Music Theory at Converse College, and Associate Instructor of Horn at Indiana University. She placed first in her division at the 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition in Toronto, Ontario. A past winner of the Southeast Horn Workshop Horn Quartet Competition, she enjoys performing in both traditional and non-traditional chamber groups. Recent collaborations include performances with Bell(e) Collective and the premiere of David DeBoor Canfield’s Five Mangled Expressions for saxophone and horn. As an orchestral hornist, she has performed with multiple groups throughout Indiana and the Southeast.

Her primary teachers include Jeff Nelsen, Richard Seraphinoff, Richard Deane, and Skip Snead. Away from the horn she enjoys cooking, working on her vintage 1900 house, and watching football with her husband, John.