Heidi A. Vogel

vogelHeidi A. Vogel (born 1956) earned a BM degree from SUNY-Fredonia State College, after which, her career took many twists and turns that prepared her for work with the International Horn Society.

Heidi’s first “real” job was selling mule rides at Grand Canyon National Park. She also taught K-12 Music at the National Park School, and worked and trained in the Fred Harvey accounting offices. She moved to Juneau, Alaska, to take a summer job at a river rafting company and stayed on as their bookkeeper. She then worked for the Alaska State Legislature in their Payroll and Personnel Office. After seven years, she took a part-time position with the Secretary of the Alaska State Senate and later became the Senate Secretary, which allowed her to take on part-time work as Executive Secretary with the IHS in 1997.

Heidi has continued to play her horn in many community orchestras in Alaska, Hawaii, and now in New Mexico. She also served on the board and as President of the Juneau Symphony.

Heidi has been the chief administrator of the IHS for the past 22 years. When she began, the job was primarily membership renewals mailed in by check, maintenance of the member database, and a few IHS programs. She has assisted seven society presidents and three editors of The Horn Call in maintaining and expanding the organization, as well as helping other staff and Advisory Councils develop, combine, and achieve their visions for the future of the Society. Under Heidi’s tenure, the Executive Secretary position increased in job duties and time to become a full-time position (re-titled Executive Director in 2015), involving the current variety of scholarship, composition, and commissioning assistance programs, several media outlets, an online system for membership recordkeeping and enrollment, board meeting preparation, contract drafts and reviews, promotion and design work, event assistance, bookkeeping, research, committee and project assistance, fundraising, non-profit compliance, and legal reviews and recommendations.

Heidi has become a source of institutional knowledge for the last two decades of the International Horn Society, and is a proven excellent cat herder. The IHS Advisory Council recognizes her many selfless contributions to the society with the 2018 IHS Service Medal of Honor.

William Scharnberg

William (Bill) Scharnberg is a distinguished teacher, performer, and Editor of The Horn Call (since 2003).  He has served as IHS President (1990-1992), Advisory Council member (1986–1992, 1999–2003), Workshop Coordinator (1986-2004), Music Review Editor (1981-2003), and host for two IHS Horn Symposia (1991 and 2012). As Publication Editor, Bill serves on the Advisory Council ex officio.

Bill joined the faculty of the University of North Texas in 1983, becoming a Regents Professor in 2002. Previously he taught at the University of Oklahoma, Pacific Lutheran University, the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm, and Central Missouri State University.  He has published many journal articles and four editions of 18th and 19th century works for horn.

Bill was principal horn of the Dallas Opera Orchestra for 32 years and continues as principal horn of the Wichita Falls Symphony.  He has been and continues to be involved in chamber music venues.  He has been principal horn of the Tri-City Symphony (Iowa-Illinois), Tacoma Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Ballet, Dallas Bach Society, Royal Opera of Stockholm, East Texas Symphony, Classical Music Seminar (Austria), Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and Flathead Festival Orchestra. He has been a soloist with several regional orchestras and has appeared as an artist at three International Horn Symposia and several regional horn workshops. He was awarded the Service Medal of Honor in 2017.

Virginia Thompson (1956-2015)

thompson virginiaVirginia Thompson is remembered not only as a beloved teacher, but also for her sense of humor, her kindness and caring, and her service to the IHS, including two terms on the Advisory Council (1995-2002) and a term as president (2000-2002).

Virginia was born in Davenport, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa (BM, DMA) and the University of Arizona (MM). She taught horn at Coe, Cornell, and Grinnell Colleges and played in several orchestras, including the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Veracruz, Mexico and as substitute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

For the last 25 years Virginia was Professor of Music at West Virginia University, where she taught horn performance, literature, and pedagogy, was the Director of Graduate Studies (1996-2000), and was a member of the faculty Laureate Wind Quintet. Known affectionately as Dr. T, she earned multiple Outstanding Teaching and Service awards as well as acknowledgements of Continued Academic Achievement.

Virginia had a special interest in new music, commissioning and premiering many new works during her career and collecting some of them on a CD, Music for Horn, in 2008. As soloist, recitalist, and clinician, she performed throughout North America, Europe, and Africa.

See the obituary by Jennifer Presar and Heather Poe Roth in the May 2015 issue of The Horn Call.

Kristin P. Thelander

Thelander KristinKristin Thelander has been active in the IHS in many capacities, with a major effort and lasting legacy as coordinator of the Thesis Lending Library. She has performed on both modern and natural horn at many International Horn Workshops and has been a guest artist at many regional horn workshops. She was particularly known for her natural horn performances and master classes.

Kristin received a BM from St. Olaf College, where she studied with Miles Johnson; an MA in musicology from the University of Minnesota; and a DMA from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied with Douglas Hill. She won First Prize at the American Horn Competition in 1981. She was on the music faculty at the University of New Mexico, and then joined the University of Iowa, where she was horn professor (1989-2000), Director of the School of Music (2000-2009), and Director of Planning until her retirement in 2016.

Kristin has been a member of the Madison (WI) Symphony, the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Iowa Brass Quintet, the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, the Bon Vivant Horn Quartet, and the La Crosse (WI) Symphony. Highlights of her career include international tours to the People's Republic of China, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil.

Kristin has recorded with the New Mexico Brass Quintet (Crystal Records), the Iowa Brass Quintet (Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration), and the University of Iowa Center for New Music; Music of the Early 19th Century for Natural Horn and Fortepiano (Crystal Records); Crosswinds: Music of Margaret Brouwer (CRI); Thoughtful Wanderings: Music of Douglas Hill (UW); and Francis Poulenc: Complete Music for Winds and Piano (MSR).

Kristin served on the IHS Advisory Council (1987-1994), as Secretary-Treasurer (1990-1992), and as Vice President (1992-1994), Commissioning Assistance Program chair (1989-1994), member of the Board of Referees for The Horn Call (1989-1997), Coordinator of the Thesis Lending Library (1994-2016), and an adjudicator for many IHS solo and orchestral horn competitions. She has written several articles for The Horn Call and The Horn Call Annual. She was awarded the Service Medal of Honor in 2016.

Robert E. Marsh (1921-2011)

marshRobert E. Marsh (1929-2011) served on the IHS Advisory Council (1971-1977), hosted the 1974 International Horn Workshop at Ball State University (Muncie IN), and led the creation of the IHS archives (now at Sibley Library at Eastman in Rochester NY). He was the horn instructor at Ball State University (1953-1986) and held Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Ball State and the Chicago Conservatory College.
Bob was from Youngstown, Ohio and earned BM and MM degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied with Max Pottag. He also considered himself a student of Philip Farkas, Erwin Miersch, and Mario Grillo. He was a member of the Houston Symphony, principal horn of the Indianapolis Symphony, and often assistant to Farkas at the Chicago Symphony.
The horn ensemble at Ball State is named for Bob. Max Pottag donated his collection of horns and music to Ball State because, at the time, it had the only active college-level horn ensemble. Bob is remembered fondly by his many students, who appreciate the horn heritage that he passed down to them along with his spirit and energy.
This information is extracted from the obituary by Regina Swanson in the May 2011 issue of The Horn Call.