Indiana University

Endowments & Scholarships

Philip Farkas Horn Scholarship

(est. 2000) Philip Farkas, a native of Chicago, began his study of the French horn in junior high school, playing in both band and orchestra until his graduation. He eventually became a world-renowned and respected horn player and musician, having been principal horn of the Kansas City, Chicago, Boston, and Cleveland orchestras over 24 years. He also appeared as a Soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Concurrent with his symphony work in Chicago, Mr. Farkas was horn instructor at Northwestern, DePaul and Roosevelt universities and at the Sherwood School of Music.

In 1960 Mr. Farkas resigned his position with the Chicago Symphony to accept a professorship of music at Indiana University, where he taught for 24 years. He ultimately retired in 1984 as Professor Emeritus, and Distinguished Professor of Music.

Mr. Farkas is the author of four definitive treatises, "The Art of French Horn Playing," published by Summy-Birchard, "The Art of Brass Playing," available from Brass Publications, "A Photographic Study of 40 Virtuoso Horn Players," "Embouchures," and "The Art of Musicianship."

The scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in horn.