Lin Foulk

WMU School of Music

Before a Jan 29 recital of works for brass quintet, Western Brass Quintet horn player Lin Foulk Baird and tubist Jacob Cameron sat down to talk about how they choose music for a concert, how their instruments have changed over the centuries, and how they like to play classics, new commissions, and great works that went under the radar, such as George Walker's Music for Brass (1975). 

Baird and Cameron also talked about the Western Brass Quintet's upcoming album of new works, Better Angels. The album title is also the title of a new work written for them by WMU composer David Colson. It will be released in March, 2020. 

Lin Foulk is surprised by the accolades she's received upon the release of a book she wrote for a narrow audience of music educators and horn players, but since its release on Amazon.com, she's pleased that the work of over a decade might be useful to a wider audience. She spoke with Cara Lieurance about her decision to put her best teaching advice in her own words, and how she still follows her own advice as a performer.


C. Lieurance

Classical improvisation, as opposed to jazz improvisation, is a way to create spontaneous music by one or more players using techniques and devices common in classical music. It has not been a part of most college programs, but Western Michigan University horn professor Lin Foulk thinks it should be.

Western Brass Quintet

The Western Brass Quintet premieres two new works Wednesday night, including Brass Quintet by composer Pierre Jalbert.