“Ad Astra per Aspera” for Horn Ensemble was written during the Spring of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, just before racial injustice protests. It was originally written for an online virtual horn ensemble that was premiered on June 15, 2020. The work received its title from the motto of the state of Kansas, meaning, “to the stars through difficulties.” The main melody is based on Daniel E. Kelley’s melody for “Home on the Range,” which is considered the unofficial anthem for the state of Kansas.

Virtual Performance

Mockup Demo with Score

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