Welcome to the Heartland Horn Camp

Helping French horn players develop fundamental skills and musicianship through an intensive camp setting with professional musicians/educators guiding lessons, masterclasses, clinics, rehearsals, and performances.

July 31 - August 6

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About Camp

The Heartland Horn Camp is a week-long intensive French horn camp from July 31 to August 6 that takes place in the scenic Pine Lake State Park area next to the charming town of Eldora, Iowa. The camp will feature several horn players and teachers that are leaders in the field. This year's faculty includes Wayne Lu (Founder of HHC, President of Veritas Musica Publishing, Private Horn Teacher, ENP Band Director, Professional Composer), James Naigus (Professor of Horn at U. of Georgia, Professional Composer), and Victoria Knudtson (Assistant Principal Horn of the St. Louis Symphony). (Additional faculty will be announced as available.)


Our Goal

Our goal is to help each student/young musician get better. Through this exclusive French horn camp, students will be able to focus on the intricacies of playing the horn well. For all students, including those students that intend to audition for All-State, this camp will help foster healthy practice habits, increased performance confidence, and stronger ensemble skills. The French horn is a unique and challenging instrument to make beautiful. The faculty will be focussed on helping students learn the necessary fundamentals in great horn playing. Through lessons, students will get individual time with the faculty. Through horn ensemble rehearsals, students will learn to play in a section effectively. Through master classes, students will learn to become a more critical listener and also hear fellow horn players their age. At the end of the week, students will participate in a culminating concert that will feature their hard work at the Heartland Horn Camp.



World-class faculty providing the most comprehensive instruction.


Wayne Lu

Founder of HHC. Composer. President - Veritas Musica Publishing. ENP Band Director.


Victoria Knudtson

Assistant Principal Horn - St. Louis Symphony.


James Naigus

Lecturer of Horn - University of Georgia. Composer.


Jeff Nelsen

Professor of Music - Indiana University. Hornist of Candian Brass. Fearless Performance.

Camp Info


Camp Pine Lake located next to the charming town of Eldora, Iowa.


Sunday, July 31: Move In/Registration Day
Monday, August 1: Day 1 of Instruction
Tuesday, August 2: Day 2 of Instruction
Wednesday, August 3: Day 3 of Instruction
Thursday, August 4: Day 4 of Instruction
Friday, August 5: Day 5 of Instruction, Culminating Concert (open to the public)
Saturday, August 6: Move Out Day

Age Range:

The camp is for serious horn students from ages 14-19. There is no audition requirement to be accepted to the camp. However, there is an audition requirement for students that want to be considered for a scholarship.

To apply:

An application and recommendation form need to be completed accompanied by a signed liability form and $100 deposit (non-refundable). All necessary forms are available as pdf files below.

Application Form

Recommendation Form

Release and Medical Authorization Form

Tuition and Room and Board:




There will be partial scholarships available to students based on their playing and experience. Scholarship application details are available below.

Current Scholarships:
The Gretchen Snedeker Scholarship

Scholarship Repertoire Information

Scholarship Application



For answers to any additional questions, please contact Wayne Lu at wayne@heartlandhorncamp.com or 641-691-5807 (cell).

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