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Jeffrey Agrell

With his broad range of interests and abilities, Jeffrey Agrell is a “hornist for all seasons.” As a performer/educator he has performed and taught the full gamut of horn literature, including the repertoire for symphony orchestra, opera, musicals, ballet, operetta, solo and chamber music, while stretching personal artistic boundaries beyond the orchestra as a composer, writer, clinician, recording artist, and solo performer.

He joined The University of Iowa School of Music faculty as horn professor in 2000 after a first career as a symphony musician, and has been very active as a guest artist and clinician, performing, giving workshops, masterclasses, and presentations at state, regional, national, and international workshops, festivals, and conferences. He is a former two-term member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society, and has been a member of the faculty of the Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong). His CD recordings include “Repercussions” (horn and piano), “Side Show Tim” [Dane Records] with Cerberus (horn, tuba, trumpet), “Mosaic” [MSR Classics] with Duende (horn, cello, piano), and most recently “Soundings” [MSR Classics], featuring compositions and improvisations for horn, percussion, and electronica.

Besides performing, Jeffrey Agrell has won awards as both a writer and composer. He has over one hundred published articles to his credit and maintains a highly-regarded horn blog entitled Horn Insights. As a composer he has written many commissions for professional chamber music ensembles and soloists, and dozens of his works have been published, performed on the concerts stage, radio, TV, and been recorded on CDs.

Prof. Agrell is a also a specialist in classical (nonjazz) improvisation and has authored seven books on the subject (all published by GIA), including Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians, Vol. I & II [2008 and 2016, respectively].

He published two landmark books in 2017: Horn Technique: A New Approach to an Old Instrument (48 chapters, 447 p.), and The Creative Hornist (30 chapters, 238 p.). Both are available from

Jeffrey Agrell

University of Iowa

KBHC Faculty 2005-2018