2019 Advisory Council Candidates

As you review the nominees listed below, consider the duties and responsibilities of the position. The Advisory Council (AC) is responsible for carrying out the aims and purposes of the Society, determines the policies and budget allocations for IHS programs, and elects additional AC members. AC members work via email, phone, and fax throughout the year and attend annual meetings at the international workshop. The following individuals (listed alphabetically) have been nominated to serve a term on the IHS Advisory Council beginning after the 2019 international symposium. Vote for up to three nominees on the postcard found in the February 2019 issue of the Horn Call OR by electronic ballot on this website. Votes submitted by any other means, including email, will not be accepted. Ballots must be received by April 15, 2019.


A proud Australian, Andrew Bain was appointed to the chair of principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Gustavo Dudamel in May 2011. Andrew previous held the positions of principal horn with the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Münchner Symphoniker and the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal horn with the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic. Andrew is privileged to be the horn professor at the Colburn School Conservatory where with Annie Bosler, was grateful to co-host the wonderful 2015 International Horn Symposium. In Australia, Andrew has served on the faculty of the Australian National Academy of Music, University of Melbourne, Tasmanian Conservatorium and Sydney Conservatorium. As a solo artist, Andrew has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and throughout Australia, the US and Europe. Andrew is thrilled to be heard on the soundtracks of several Hollywood movies, including the latest Star Wars Trilogy. (has not previously served on the Advisory Council) 

Gene Berger is the Associate Professor of Horn at Ball State University and member of the Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet and DaCamera Brass Quintet.  In addition to his teaching position, Gene is the Principal Horn with Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, where he has been a featured soloist, and a member of Traverse Symphony.   Prior to his appointment at Ball State University in 2010, Gene was a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra.  He can be heard on numerous recordings with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel and Grammy-winning recordings of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under conductor Paavo Järvi.  Gene has been an IHS Area Representative, has hosted regional horn workshops, and was the host of IHS 50. (has not previously served on the Advisory Council)

Bruce Bonnell was born and raised in Newfoundland. Dr. Bonnell has been professor of horn at Central Michigan University since 2000. His orchestral experiences include Second Horn in the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 1991-1994, Principal Horn in the Malaysian Philharmonic from 1998-2000, has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony, Hull Chamber Orchestra, Bloomington Camerata, and is presently Principal Horn with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist, particularly in premiere performances, at the IHS Symposia in 2001, 2009, 2013 and 2017 His teachers include William Costin, Kjellrun Hestekin, Michael Hatfield, Paul Tervelt, Richard Seraphinoff and Richard Bissill. (has not previously served on the Advisory Council) 

Steven Cohen has been heard internationally as an orchestral, Broadway, and chamber musician. A freelance horn player based in New York, he has soloed in recital through the United States, at numerous regional workshops, and four International Horn Symposia, as well as performed with orchestras throughout the United States. Dedicated to the creation of new music for the horn, Cohen’s debut album, Cruise Control, features the world premieres of five major works for horn, and has been heralded as “a musical and technical tour de force.” His collaborative endeavors with composers have led to recitals at the 2015, 2016, and 2018 International Horn Symposiums of world premieres of new works for horn ensemble. Cohen has presented lectures at numerous International Horn Symposia and various national workshops, and in addition to his scholarship, is sought after as a clinician, presenting masterclasses and recitals at universities across the country. (has not previously served on the Advisory Council)

Steve Flower studied the horn with Tony Halstead and at Trinity College of Music with Gordon Carr. After leaving Trinity in 1990 he worked as a freelance musician based in London, but working throughout the UK and abroad, including a period with the Israel Symphony Orchestra in Tel Aviv. He continues to freelance whilst becoming more involved with Paxman where he was appointed Sales Manager in December 2007. (has not previously served on the Advisory Council) 

Randy Gardner is Professor Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Prior to joining the CCM faculty, he was Second Horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 22 years. An enthusiastic member of the IHS since he was a college student, Randy served on the Advisory Council from 1996-2005 and he would like another opportunity to serve our special society in this capacity. Randy Gardner has been a Featured Artist at numerous IHS Symposia and Regional Workshops and he feels deeply honored to have been awarded a 2018 Punto Award. Gardner is the author of two books – Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players and Mastering the Horn’s Low Register. He presents innovative and popular “Modular Music Masterclasses.” More detailed information about Randy Gardner can be found at randygardnerhorn.com. (has served two previous terms, 1999-2004) 

Leighton Jones was born and raised in Wales, and began his horn playing career in the Carmarthenshire County Youth Orchestra, and within a year of horn study as the solo horn of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. At nineteen, he began to play and broadcast with the BBC Orchestra of Wales. He studied with Keith Whitmore (principal horn of the LPO) and Alan Civil. Due to family commitments, he returned to West Wales and is a freelance hornist with chamber and orchestral groups, including The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, The National Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and The Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. IHS AC member for two previous terms 2010-15 (has served two previous terms, 2010-2015) 

Leslie Norton enjoys a diverse musical life as Principal Horn of the Nashville Symphony, Associate Professor of Horn at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, and frequent chamber music and solo recitalist. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Norton has held the position of Principal Horn in the New Orleans Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, and served on the faculty for the Eastern Music Festival for twenty years.  She is featured on newly released Naxos project, American Wind Concertos, performing Brad Warnaar’s Concerto for horn. Norton has released two chamber music CDs This Road We’re On, a collection of commissioned works for her and husband percussionist Chris Norton, and Horn Trios, for Horn, Violin, and Piano, featuring works by Lowell Liebermann, Gerard Schwarz and Paul Lansky. (has not previously served on the Advisory Council) 

J. Bernardo Silva, was born in Oporto, Portugal, studied with J. Luxton and Ab Koster, in Lisbon and Hamburg and attended classes with R.Vlatkovic and H.Baumann. He’s member of the Oporto Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist, in recital, chamber music, and with all major Portuguese orchestras as well as orchestras in many countries in Europe, Brazil and Mexico. He teaches at Aveiro University and at Espinho's Professional Music School, in Portugal and frequently guides masterclasses in Portugal and abroad. He is regularly invited to serve on juries of national and international competitions, and has participated in competitions in Portugal, Spain and Finland. He was awarded First Prize in the Farkas Competition organized by the IHS, Finland in 2002. His discography includes several solo works, chamber music and as a member of Oporto Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the quartet Trompas Lusas. (has not previously served on the Advisory Council)

Amy Thakurdas, N.D. is the musical director of Oxford Horn choir which she created for local players to have ensemble playing opportunities for work and pleasure. Amy has played French horn for decades in London and Oxford orchestras, as well as in Los Angeles. In 2019 she will complete her series of solo concerts titled Romance your Soul. After retiring as a corporate lawyer, Amy qualified as a Naturopathic doctor in 1999, specialising in pain and stress management using mind/body techniques. For the past three years she has been giving embouchure Dystonia workshops and clinics providing rehabilitation strategies. Next year she is looking forward to heading up the editorial section of the Music, Health and Science in the IHS Horn Call. (has served one previous term, 2017-2019)

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Amendment #3: to Article VII X (renumber all other Articles appropriately) – Publications Editor

Section 1. The Publications Editor shall oversee the preparation, content and publication of all International Horn Society publications, including all print and electronic publications.  The Editor of The Horn Call, Journal of the International Horn Society,  The Publications Editor shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the elected members of the Advisory Council. At the discretion of the Council such editorial assistance as deemed necessary by the Editor may be appointed. The Editor shall have the sole responsibility for the preparation, content, publication, and mailing of The Horn Call.

Section 2. In executing the responsibility for publication of the Journal, the Editor shall procure approval of the Advisory Council on matters pertaining to the costs of publication and mailing. The Executive Director shall be responsible for the handling of such costs.

Section 3. The Editor, together with such assistant editors as are approved by the Advisory Council, shall be designated collectively as the Editorial Board of The Horn Call.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: The title of the position has changed, and the responsibilities now extend beyond just The Horn Call.

Amendment #6: to Article XI - Publications

Section 1. The official print publication of the Society shall be The Horn Call: Journal of the International Horn Society.

Section 4. A Directory of all Directory information of Society members, with their complete addresses, shall be made available to members published annually. Complete lists of all members with their contact information shall be archived annually.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: These changes reflect current realities – The Horn Call is not the only publication we have, but is the official PRINT publication, and the IHS Directory is now available online and updated more frequently, but is still archived on an annual basis.

Amendment #7: to Article XII - Horn Workshops/Symposia

Section 1. A horn workshop/symposium shall be held annually at a host institution. Invitations to sponsor a workshop/symposium shall be submitted in writing for approval by to the Advisory Council and shall include a detailed description of facilities available, a listing of costs to the general participants who might participate, and proposed dates.

Section 3. B. Featured Artists for the Symposium shall be approved by a Standing Committee. No financial negotiations or contracts for the purpose of defraying expenses of specific workshop Featured Artists shall be made before Committee approval of Featured Artist Roster. Financial support for artists, ensembles, and venues may be secured from outside sources as allowed by the contract between the International Horn Society and the host institution. Symposium Guidelines in place at the time the symposium is selected.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: These changes are editorial, to reflect current practices more accurately. The Annual Workshop/Symposium Requirements (formerly Symposium Guidelines) form the basis for any symposium contract.

Amendment #5: to Article X - Dues and Receipt of Gifts

Section 2. Dues are payable at any time of year; the Executive Director renews memberships upon receipt of dues oversees processing of memberships upon receipt of dues.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Processing of memberships now is the responsibility of the Membership Coordinator, but the Executive Director is still ultimately responsible for ensuring the payments are processed. The use of “oversight” also leaves room for changes in processing procedures in the future, if desired.

Amendment #4: to Article VIII - Meetings

Section 6. Necessary Advisory Council business may be conducted by mail or by telephone  any means which allows participation by the full council, when appropriate, in lieu of a formal meeting.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: We are no longer limited to mail and telephone as the means of communication.

Amendment #2: to Article VI – Advisory Council

Section 10. Generally, Mmembers of the Advisory Council and Officers of the Society shall hold office until the end of the international symposium in the final year of their term. In the rare circumstance that an international symposium is not held, members and officers shall hold office until 30 June or until a successor is duly elected and installed in office.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: This change is proposed to reflect current practice.

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