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Lydia Lowery Busler

Hornist/composer LYDIA LOWERY BUSLER  performed as a teen with the Boston Symphony and composed for dancers. She continued performing with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Jose Limon Dance Company, and is now a soloist and prominent improvisationalist. Lydia has received awards from the Consortium of Vermont Composers, the International Horn Society Meir Rimon Fund, and by the Massachusetts Arts Council.

“When I was young, an orchestra made up of the top young musical artists in Boston, really youth from all over New England and New York who were currently training in Boston, was chosen to perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the amazing Yo-Yo Ma as soloist for the opening of the new Hynes Convention Center. There were about 6,000 people in attendance at that performance and John Williams was conducting. This was a BIG performance.

If you know the Dvořák at all, you might know that it is a great work for the horn section. About 3.5 minutes into the first movement, the first horn serves as part of a warm-up band for the cellist by way of a huge solo before the cellist ever comes in. It's a gorgeous thing. Now Yo-Yo is the most affable of humans with a glowing personality that is absolutely disarming. Unfortunately, one does not always wish to be disarmed when one is about to play a horn solo in front of an audience of 6,000 individuals.

I was listening to the chords in the strings and was just about to come in with that shining horn solo when Yo-Yo looked right at me and just beamed. Entranced, I smiled back and then looked up at John Williams, who shot me a look to kill. That fraction of a second in time seemed to hang in the air for about 20 seconds by the time I got the mouthpiece back on my lips and started to play, Yo-Yo nodding his approval. After that experience, I think I've been able to jump in and manage on the horn with anything unexpected. Sometimes, you just have to play, even when time stands still.”


Recent Solo Improvisations
Lydia's Catalogue

My Kit

  • Lewis & Duerk LDx5
  • Stork Custom CSW mouthpiece
  • Ion Balu Thunder mute
  • TrumCor practice mute
  • Old Lewis polish cloth
  • Water bottle
  • Lara Bar
  • Ibuprofen
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Migraine medicine :-(
  • Digestive enzyme tablets (yes, really - half a pancreas will do that to you)
  • Clothespins and two large lucite music clips
  • Pencil kit: enough pencils for everyone, sharp and with erasers
  • My pencil : mechanical, 0.9 lead
  • Large eraser
  • Post-its
  • A clean change of crunchable clothes - black, merino wool or silk
  • A complement of Hetman oils
  • A syringe of Hetman slide lube - looks lethal!
  • A couple of fake violets - reminder of my affiliation with the LA chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon


Essential Must Haves

JoyKeys - I have five of them! Solo improv doesn't always allow for plumbing time!
Enough food and drink!
An adaptable spirit

Something Worth Learning

How to grow and prepare your own food or where your food comes from.

Favorite Things

  • My Family
  • Snow
  • Water
  • Garden soil
  • Dogs
  • Turtles
  • Birds
  • Flowers
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit
  • Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Sound
  • Autumn leaves lit from behind and below by a low sun from under a dark cloud mass

Practice Inspiration

Higher, faster, silkier, richer, more articulate, louder, lower, softer, brighter, more come-hither, more gut-wrenching... more

Improvisation in ethnic styles and shifting modes

Verne Reynolds, Kling, and Arban etudes

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