As you review the nominees below, please 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 symposium.
The following individuals (listed alphabetically) have been nominated to serve a term on the IHS Advisory Council beginning after the 2010 international symposium. Send the postcard found in this journal (stamp required) to vote for up to three nominees. Votes submitted by any other means, including email, will not be accepted. Ballots must be received by April 15, 2010.
Gene Berger is an active educator and performer, Instructor of Horn at Interlochen Arts Academy, and principal horn of the Southwest Florida Symphony in Ft. Myers FL. Previously, he was a member with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and The Florida Orchestra. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Berger holds a BM from Florida State University and an MM from Southern Methodist University. (Berger has not previously served on the Advisory Council.)
John Ericson is Associate Professor of horn at Arizona State University and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society, having also served the IHS as Website Editor for the IHS Online. Prior to joining the ASU faculty, Ericson was Third Horn in the Nashville Symphony, performed as Principal Horn in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and taught at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. Ericson has performed and presented sessions at five international horn symposiums and has performed concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. Author of over 25 published articles and four recent books, Ericson is one of the most visible hornists online today with over 700 articles posted in the websites Horn Matters and Horn Articles Online. A native of Emporia KS, Ericson holds degrees from Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, and Emporia State University. (Ericson has served one term on the Advisory Council: 2007-2010)
Leighton Jones writes: "At Llanelli Boys Grammar School, I was told to play the 'French horn,' and I immediately fell in love with the instrument. Six months later I became first horn of the Carmarthenshire County Youth Orchestra, and within a year 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. "I would deem it a great honour to be elected to the Advisory Council of the IHS. If successful, I will work to further the name, objectives, and successes of this illustrious society." (Jones has not previously served on the Advisory Council.)
Frank Lloyd took up the trombone at the age of 13, and at 15 joined the Royal Marines Band Service, subsequently changing to the horn. He left the services in 1975 to embark on a course at the Royal Academy of Music studying under Ifor James. Within three months however, Frank was appointed principal horn with the Scottish National Orchestra. After four and-a-half years, he took up a post with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. During the next 18 years in London, Frank was a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble, and principal with the English Chamber Orchestra in addition to regularly recording in the film music studios. In 1998 he was appointed Professor for Horn at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, Germany. From 2004-2006 he was President of the International Horn Society. He travels extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. (Lloyd has served two terms on the Advisory Council: 2000-07.)
Joseph Ognibene began his studies in Los Angeles with Ralph Pyle and Vincent DeRosa. Later he went to Germany where he studied with Hermann Baumann and won third Prize at the 1978 Prague Spring Competition. He has been principal horn of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra since 1981 and is also a founding member of the Reykjavik Wind Quintet. With these groups he can be heard in countless CD recordings on Chandos, BIS, and Naxos labels. As a soloist, he has performed and recorded several works with the ISO and attended numerous IHS workshops. Ognibene has taught at the Reykjavik College of Music for over 25 years, where he has produced some of the most recent members to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. As Artistic Director of the Icelandic Horn Club he helped host and organize the 2008 Nordic Horn Workshop. (Ognibene has served one partial term on the Advisory Council: 2008-2010.)
Karl Pituch was named principal horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000. He was the grand prize winner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and appears frequently as a soloist. Before joining the DSO, Pituch was associate prin cipal horn with the Dallas Symphony, principal horn with the Honolulu Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Festival. He served as a guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also served as guest principal horn with the Cincinnati Symphony on their European Tour in 2004 and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Pituch can be heard on many recordings with the Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras. He is a frequent guest artist at horn conferences and serves as a judge in the American Horn Competition. An active chamber musician, Pituch was a member of the Spring Wind Quintet for 11 years. (Pituch has not previously served on the Advisory Council.)
Jennifer Ratchford Sholtis is Associate Professor of Horn at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She earned a BM in Horn Performance at University of Arkansas; BA in German at Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar; and MFA and DMA at University of Iowa. Sholtis is adamant about exposing her students to world-class players and teachers at regional and international symposia. Her students have consistently qualified for the finals of IHS solo and orchestral competitions. Two quartets and the TAMUK Horn Ensemble qualified for the finals of the 2009 Ensemble Com petition. Sholtis regularly presents at international and regional workshops, including at the 2005, 2007, and 2008 IHS symposia plus a performance at the 2009 symposium. Sholtis hosts an annual South Texas Regional Workshop. Performing experience includes Cedar Rapids Symphony, Victoria Symphony, San Antonio Symphony (sub), and Corpus Christi Symphony. Teachers: Kristin Thelander, Michael Höltzel, Frøydis Ree Wekre, and Timothy Thompson. (Sholtis has not previously served on the Advisory Council.)
Geoffrey Winter is a member of the American Horn Quartet as well as principal horn of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. He has won solo prizes at the International Horn Competition in Markneukirchen and at the ARD Music Competition in Munich. As a member of the AHQ, Winter has also won first prizes at chamber music competitions in Japan, Belgium, and Hungary. Winter began playing the horn at the age of seven and studied with such leading hornists as Vince DeRosa, James Decker, and Christopher Leuba. After holding the position of principal horn in the Municipal Symphonic Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela, he moved to Europe upon being engaged as third horn with the Philharmonia Hungarica in Marl, West Germany. (Winter has served one partial term on the Advisory Council: 2008-2010.)