Advisory Council Members

All current and former members of the IHS Advisory Council

Jeffrey Agrell, USA
Paul Anderson, USA
Robert Atkinson, USA
Georges Barboteu, France
John Barrows, USA
Nancy Becknell, USA
David Berry, USA
Kendall Betts, USA
Javier Bonet, Spain
Bonna, Marcus, Brazil
Lisa Bontrager, USA
Annie Bosler, USA
Daniel Bourgue, France
Elaine Braun, USA
Frank Brouk, USA
Gayle Chesebro, USA
Kaoru Chiba, Japan
Alan Civil, UK
Dale Clevenger, USA
Nancy Cochran, USA
William Dieterich, USA
John Q. Ericson, USA
Nancy Jordan Fako, USA
Philip Farkas, USA
Randall Faust, USA
Elizabeth Freimuth, USA
Ádám Friedrich, Hungary
Nobuaki Fukukawa, Japan
Michel Garcin-Marrou, France
Randy Gardner, USA
Alex Grieve, Australia
Michael Hatfield, USA
Marian Hesse, USA
Douglas Hill, USA
Peter Hoefs, Germany
Michael Hoeltzel, Germany
Shirley Hopkins-Civil, UK
Roland Horvath, Austria
Wendell Hoss, USA
Graham Hovey, USA
Marvin Howe, USA
Gregory Hustis, USA
Maria Infiesta, Spain
Paul Ingraham, USA
Yasuyo Ito, Japan
Leighton Jones, Wales
Mason Jones, USA
Nancy Joy, USA
Charles Kavalovski, USA
Kim Young-Yu, South Korea
Marilyn Bone Kloss, USA
Ab Koster, Germany
A. David Krehbiel, USA
W. Peter Kurau, USA
Aimé Lainesse, Canada
Peter Landgren, USA
Walter Lawson, USA
Albert Linder, Sweden
Frank Lloyd, UK
Peter Luff, Australia
Paul Mansur, USA
Robert Marsh, USA
Louis-Phillip Marsolais, Canada
Kristina Mascher-Turner, Luxembourg
Marvin McCoy, USA
Susan McCullough, USA
Harold Meek, USA
Paul Meng, China
Richard Merewether, UK
Edward Murphy, USA
Philip Myers, USA
Jeffrey Nelson, USA
Joseph Ognibene, Iceland
Soichiro Ohno, Japan
Francis Orval, Luxemburg
Robert Osmun, USA
Raimo Palmu, Finland
Robert Paxman, UK
Heather Pettit-Johnson, USA
Johnny Pherigo, USA
Pasi Pihlaja, Finland
Hans Pizka, Germany
Kenneth Pope, USA
Suzanne Riggio, USA
Meir Rimon, Israel
William C. Robinson, USA
Rebecca Root, USA
S. Earl Saxon, USA
William Scharnberg, USA
Bruno Schneider, Switzerland
Siegfried Schwarzl, Austria
Norman Schweikert, USA
Morris Secon, USA
Nozomu Segawa, Japan
Gerd Seifert, Germany
Richard Seraphinoff, USA
Justin Sharp, USA
Lowell Shaw, USA
Arkady Shilkloper, Russia
Calvin Smith, USA
Jeffrey Snedeker, USA
Michelle Stebleton, USA
Peter Steidle, Germany
Jonathan Stoneman, UK
Radegundis Tavares, Brazil
Esa Tapani, Finland
Amy Thakurdas, UK
Kristin Thelander, USA
David Thompson, Spain
Virginia Thompson, USA
Barry Tuckwell, Australia
Basil Tyler, USA
Lydia Van Dreel, USA
William VerMeulen, USA
John Wates, UK
Frøydis Ree Wekre, Norway
Joseph White, USA
Gail Williams, USA
Geoffrey Winter, Germany
James Winter, USA
Milan Yancich, USA
Yao Fu Ming, China
Jose Zarzo, Spain

Administrative Staff

Executive Director

Julia Burtscher
PO Box 5486
Toledo, OH 43613

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Phone: 419-279-5768

Membership Coordinator

Elaine Braun
305 Raywood Ct.
Nashville, TN 37211-6000

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Phone: 615-837-5836

Service Medal of Honor Recipients

medalThis honor, instituted in 2011, is for individuals who have made a major contribution in service to the International Horn Society. Any IHS member can submit a nomination; nominations are considered at the next Advisory Council meetings. The AC normally awards a maximum of one Medal of Honor in any year, and is not obliged to make an award at all.

IHS Service Medal of Honor Recipients

2011 Robert E. Marsh
2012 Nancy Jordan Fako
2013 Marilyn Bone Kloss
2014 Douglas Campbell

2015 Virginia Thompson
2016 Kristin Thelander
2017 William Scharnberg 
2018 Heidi Vogel

The Life of Jon Hawkins

by Neil Hawkins

Jon Erik Hawkins was born in Stockholm on July 14, 1965, when his parents were working and studying in Sweden. He arrived in the United States on his first birthday, and two years later began a nomadic childhood when his father reentered the US Air Force. After moving for the third time, he had his first piano lesson in Montana at age 6. He continued his piano lessons when his family moved to England.

At age 11, while living in Illinois, he was smitten with another passion − orchestral music. After listening to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture for the first time, he said, "Someday I will play in a major orchestra!" He wanted to play any instrument. To Jon it didn't matter, but the school band needed French horns, so a horn it was. Jon immediately fell in love with the instrument which, from the beginning, to him was not a French horn but THE Horn.

In Illinois he studied with Larry Strieby of the St. Louis Symphony and played one year with the St. Louis Philharmonic before his family moved to Burke, Virginia in 1982. In Virginia Jon studied with Ted Thayer of the National Symphony and played with the Northern Virginia Youth Orchestra, American University Orchestra, and the Brass of Peace Ensemble. In 1983 he auditioned for and was accepted to fill an opening with the Air Force Band of the Golden Gate at Travis Air Force Base, California. There he played with the concert band and woodwind quintet and studied with A. David Krehbiel of the San Francisco Symphony.

In 1988, just prior to his reassignment to the Air Force Band in Japan, Jon attended the IHS Workshop in Potsdam, New York, where he purchased a Vienna pumpen horn, the horn he wanted to help him achieve his greatest desire, to play with the Vienna Philharmonic.

On April 5, 1991, Jon left the Air Force to pursue his dream to study and play in Vienna, Austria. On his way home the following day, his dream suddenly ended when he died in a traffic accident.

Jon was a life member of the IHS, just starting his career as a professional musician. To commemorate his life and help preserve his dreams and aspirations, Jon's parents, Neil and Runa Hawkins, decided to support projects related to horn playing as a continuing form of a memorial for their son.

The first step was initiated by Eric Strohecker, Jon's close friend and fellow musician. He developed a plan to commission a concerto for horn and orchestra that would be dedicated to Jon. Eric selected Dr. Werner Pelinka (born 1952) of Vienna, Austria to compose the concerto. Dr. Pelinka is experienced in writing for the Vienna Horn and has written several works for horn in consultation with Roland Horvath of the Vienna Philharmonic. Eric prepared a brochure regarding this concerto. A copy of the concerto is presented to the winner of the Jon Hawkins Memorial Award each year.

The second memorial is an award, funded by Jon’s parents, to a deserving student to attend the IHS symposium each year. The award includes funds for attending the symposium, a lesson at the symposium, an opportunity to perform at the symposium, and a one-year IHS membership.

For details on the Jon Hawkins Memorial Award, see ?

Area Representative Job Description (USA)

(revised and approved by IHS Advisory Council, September, 2009)

The positions of Regional Coordinator and Area Representative were created by the IHS to facilitate recruitment of new members and communication among current and potential members in defined areas. Generally, Regional Coordinators have larger service areas and slightly different roles in recruiting and supporting IHS members. Area Representatives serve smaller areas within regions, and are supported by and report to Regional Coordinators.

Area Representatives provide information and resources about the IHS, its activities, and other horn-related events to IHS members and other interested people in their regions. They should be proactive in promoting musical education as it relates to the horn (according to the IHS By-laws). They should aid the IHS by generating enthusiasm and camaraderie among horn players in their regions, with the aim of recruiting new members and retaining existing members.  Area Representatives must maintain their IHS membership and be proactive in informing Regional Coordinators when they change mailing/email addresses.


  • Facilitate active communication among IHS members and other interested parties in their area. This may be accomplished in many ways, including publishing (or recruiting volunteers to publish) area newsletters. It is expected that a minimum of two newsletters or general communication be published per year, and at least one, to be distributed by email or regular mail. Copies of newsletters or other communications should always be copied to the appropriate Regional Coordinator.
  • Submit an annual report to the Regional Coordinator with a summary of activities and expenses, as outlined in this job description, over the past calendar year. Recommendations to the Advisory Council for any relevant actions for improvement may also be included. Deadlines regarding these reports will be communicated to Area Representatives by the Regional Coordinator and are usually fixed by the need to include Area activity reports in the Coordinator’s Report to the Advisory Council which meets at the annual International Horn Symposium each summer.

Suggested activities for Area Representatives to encourage member participation:

  • Maintain (or recruit a volunteer to maintain) a website of current events in the area and other useful information, linking this to and from the IHS website and other relevant sites such as Facebook.
  • Host, help organize, or support local and regional workshops, horn choirs, holiday performances, and other horn-related events.
  • Involve volunteers and students.
  • Encourage members and others to attend IHS events.
  • Encourage students to participate in the IHS contests and scholarship programs.
  • Share news from the area with the Coordinator and The Horn Call News Editor.
  • Request updated membership lists from the Executive Secretary and follow up with those who have let their membership lapse. Provide a summary of feedback received from lapsed members in the Area Representative’s annual report to the coordinator (while respecting the anonymity of the lapsed member).

Communications from Regional Coordinators:

Once confirmed in the role, Area Representatives should receive from the Coordinator:

  • A copy of the IHS Executive Secretary's explanation of how to submit Expense Reports and the expenses that can be reimbursed.
  • A list of the Area Representatives in the country (US and Canada) or region (Europe and Asia).
  • Information regarding relevant IHS concerns, actions, and events.
  • Directions on how to access member information from the IHS website.

Review of Area Representatives:

Regional Coordinators review the Area Representatives' annual reports. If Area Representatives do not meet their responsibilities, the Coordinator can offer suggestions. If problems continue, Area Representatives can be put on notice that they may be asked to step down. If, after being put on notice, the level of effort and activity does not improve, the Coordinator may ask Area Representatives to resign.