FLUTE Member Of The Week
March 15 to 21, 1999
What an honor it is to be included with all the truly outstanding individuals that have preceded me as "Members of the Week." I feel so privileged to be here! I'd like to tell you why I feel that I'm the most fortunate person in the world! I can honestly say that my dreams have come true.

"Official Bio"

Robin Mason Horne has been an active teacher and performer in the Ft. Walton Beach, FL area for more than 20 years. In addition to her private flute studio, Mrs. Horne has taught Applied Woodwinds at Okaloosa-Walton Community College for 9 years. She also developed and conducts the OWCC flute choir, 'Flutes Furioso'. Mrs. Horne has been the principal flute with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra since its inception 11 years ago, played flute and piccolo with the Okaloosa Symphony Orchestra, fills in when needed with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Choral Society, and performs regularly at weddings and community events in various chamber ensembles. Mrs. Horne is an active member of the National Flute Association, as well as the Florida Flute Association, where she served as tape chairman for various competitions. She is also active on the Internet, where she, along with Dr. Mike MacMahon, conceived and maintains the FLUTE Internet Pronunciation Resource on the Larry Krantz Flute Website. Mrs. Horne graduated Summa cum Laude from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Her teachers include Dr. Donald H. Hartman and Adah Toland Mosello.

"The Real Scoop"

I grew up in Rochester, NY, in a very NON-musical family. I was an only child and excelled at all my subjects in school, particularly Math. It was understood by all parties involved that I would go to college to become a Mathematics teacher, professor, or engineer. I greatly disappointed my parents when, as a Junior in high school, I told them I wanted to be a musician. Many fights ensued, but I was determined. I loved music.

I had been a product of the school band system, and had never had a private lesson with a flute teacher. My parents didn't know that I should have been taking lessons all along, I had no clue, and the band directors never brought up the subject. Needless to say, I was waaaay behind. Looking back, I see what a shame this was. There I was in the same city with the Eastman School of Music!

Ok, I worked very hard with a great flute teacher (thanks Gwen Polowe), for a year and a half and was able to get into the music department at the State University of New York at Fredonia (any other zippies out there?). At first, I wanted to be a performer; I didn't want to teach. I did, however, take the advice of my advisors and parents and got my teaching certificate along with my Bachelor of Music. I owe so much to the music program at Fredonia. I also credit Dr. Hartman for teaching me how to teach. Given my background, I had every bad habit in the book. Dr. Hartman filled my toolbox with exercises to get rid of these, and I believe that is why I am considered a good teacher now. I know how to solve all those problems that *I* myself had.

Along the way, I moved to Ft. Walton Beach, FL. I discovered that I didn't like teaching in the school system, but I did have a great affinity for teaching "one-on-one." I set up my private flute studio in 1977. Only had to put an ad in the newspaper once. Since then, I have been booked solid with students just by word of mouth. I also started to perform in and around our community. I gained a reputation as a performer as well as a teacher. I discovered that I love to teach! In fact, in addition to teaching music, I taught SCUBA diving for several years, and now I am helping new computer users get comfortable with the Internet--"one-on-one" of course!

I am so fortunate to live in a community where I have the opportunity to perform often. In addition to my regular performing schedule, I have been lucky enough to get to solo occasionally with my orchestra. I've done Griffes Poem, Rutter Suite Antique, and most recently, the Poulenc Sonata (orch. by Sir Lennox Berkeley) with the orchestra. I love to perform. So you see, I have the best of both worlds.

I play on a silver Brannen-Cooper flute, fitted with a Robert Bigio crown/stopper, and a Hammig piccolo.

"Other Loves and Lusts"

I also have "fluting" to thank for my wonderful husband, Bob. I met him in 1981, through his daughter, who started taking flute lessons from me when she was in 7th grade. I always admired from afar, the handsome guy out in the car. When I found out he was available, well--the rest is history. Bob and I have always done active things. He and I are both joggers. We've done lots of SCUBA diving, windsurfing, and sailing. We currently own a beautiful 31' sailboat named, Spanish Moss.

I love animals and have always had a soft spot in my heart for them. I have no children of my own. My pets are my children. We have 3 kitties and one white dove (which is another long story). Come visit my web page for pictures! I am a vegetarian, although I must admit falling off the wagon every once in a while. My newest musical passion is New Age Music. Any other devotees out there?

I love and am addicted to computers, as all of us on this list probably are. Larry's FLUTE list is a treasure and a pleasure I'll never give up. I've learned so much from the collective wisdom on the list. It has opened my mind to new ideas and possibilities. It has introduced me to music I would otherwise have never known about. And it has allowed me to address what has always been a pet peeve of mine. I'm irritated when I don't know the correct pronunciation of someone's name. Thanks, Larry, for giving us the opportunity to develop the FLUTE Pronunciation Resource, which will always be a work in progress. So now you can see why all my dreams have come true. I have everything I'd ever wished for; and I have *the flute* to thank for it all! Please allow me to invite you to visit my web page, or email me with comments. I'd love to hear from you! And thank you for taking so much of your time to read about me. I truly appreciate it!

Robin Mason Horne

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