Student Advisory Council

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Emma Brown is currently a horn performance major at Michigan State University, studying under Professor Corbin Wagner. She has also studied with such notable performers and educators as Dr. Caroline Steiger, Dr. Denise Root-Pierce, and Janine Gaboury. While in high school, she participated in many district, state, and national honors ensembles, including the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the NAfME’s All National Honors Band. Since she began her time at Michigan State, Emma has participated in the Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, and the Honors Brass Program. She has also competed in and won several solo competitions over her years of playing. She is passionate about teaching others about the power of music, and is incredibly excited and honored to bring her ideas and creativity to the IHS Student Advisory Council. Her other interests include painting, drawing, and learning Spanish.

Yui Ginther

Yui Ginther

Yui Ginther is a freshman at Northwestern University, pursuing a dual-degree in French Horn Performance and Journalism. He also works as an instructor at Mathnasium, a math learning center. In his free time, Yui enjoys spending time in nature, cooking, and baking.

John Degnan

John Degnan

John Degnan (Jupiter, Florida) is a Junior studying with Leslie Norton at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He is a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar pursuing a degree in Horn with a second major in Political Science.

He is an active member of the Vanderbilt Orchestra and Vanderbilt Wind Symphony. In addition, John serves as a substitute horn for the Nashville Sinfonietta, and is a passionate chamber musician with The West End Brass Quintet. This past semester, John was selected as a finalist for the Vanderbilt Concerto Competition.

This summer, he will be attending the Brevard Institute, and in past summers has been a fellow of the National Music Festival and participated in Invested Musician’s Summer MasterCourse. He is proud to be a member of the Student Advisory Council for the International Horn Society. In his free time, John enjoys good coffee, biking, and spending time outdoors.

Sarah Ismail

Sarah Ismail

Sarah Ismail (Mansfield, Texas) is a music education major at the University of North Texas studying under Dr. Stacie Mickens. She has played in a multitude of ensembles including the Green Brigade Marching Band, Horn Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Wind Orchestra. Sarah also currently officiates the UNT horn studio social media, teaches private lessons, and often works in daycare.

Sarah has also played in various region groups and performed at the TCU Horn Fest multiple times. She has worked as an Intern for a beginner band program in Mansfield ISD while studying under her previous private lesson teacher; Josh Davis.

Sarah has plans to become a middle school band director while also teaching private lessons. Some of Sarah’s other interests include drawing, fashion, and fitness.

Dana Reckard

Dana Reckard

Dana Reckard, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, is a junior studying with Richard Seraphinoff and Dale Clevenger at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is pursuing a degree in horn performance with a minor in French.

Dana has performed with nearly every Jacobs ensemble. Collegiate performance highlights include Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bernstein’s Mass, Nielsen’s 4th Symphony, and the Nutcracker. She is an active member of the natural horn studio. Dana has also studied jazz horn with Wayne Wallace, and she has performed with the Jacobs Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Dana currently serves as the Community Chair for Andrew and Rupal Bain’s Invested Musician program, creating marketing materials and engaging with their virtual musician audience. During quarantine, Dana performed with the Miami Music Virtual Festival. In summer 2019, Dana studied with Jacques Deleplancque and his horn studio at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Paris. She also completed an advanced language immersion seminar while in France. This summer, Dana will attend the Berlin Opera Academy’s Saluzzo program in northern Italy.

In addition to classwork, Dana serves as a Jacobs student ambassador and has worked as a Jacobs assistant orchestral manager. Recent horn instructors include Josh Phillips and Dietrich Hamman. Aside from music, Dana enjoys quilting, collecting refrigerator magnets, and biking.

Inman Hebert

Inman Hebert

Inman Hebert is currently a sophomore at Prattville High School in Alabama studying under Dr. Brenda Luchsinger of Alabama State University. In addition to playing in the Prattville High School Wind Symphony and the Pride of Prattville Marching Band, Inman also plays in the Montgomery Youth Symphony. He has performed with the Alabama Horns and two virtual ensembles, placed third in the Montgomery Artistic Competition for Exceptional Students, and is in the top Alabama All State Band and Alabama All State Orchestra.

Inman has plans to study music performance in college. Besides, music, he enjoys chess, nature, sports, reading, video games, and trivia.

Lauren Antonioli

Lauren Antonioli

Lauren Antoniolli studies horn at Western Illinois University with Dr. Jena Gardner. She is thrilled to serve the International Horn Society on the Student Advisory Committee this year.

Lauren currently performs in the Western Illinois University orchestra and wind ensemble. She has also appeared with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra in Quincy, Illinois. Lauren performed in the opera orchestra for Western Illinois University’s production of Le Nozze de Figaro in 2019. She also recorded a CD of Maslanka’s 10th Symphony with the Western Illinois University wind ensemble in 2019. In 2016, Lauren performed with Doc Severinsen in the Chicago All-Star Band. Lauren spent three summers touring the United States performing through Drum Corps International. She played mellophone in Phantom Regiment, Music City, and Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to performing, Lauren enjoys teaching private lessons to local junior high and high school students.

Outside of horn interests, Lauren volunteers as a licensed Emergency Medical Responder and Crisis Text Line Crisis Counselor. She is affiliated with the Beta Omicron Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. Lauren serves as a School of Music Ambassador at Western Illinois University, mentoring underclassmen students and assisting with recruitment and retention efforts. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, spending time with family and friends, reading, and dance.

Mary Haddix

Mary Haddix

Mary Haddix is a horn player and music educator in the central Kentucky area. She is currently completing her M.M. in Horn Performance at the University of Kentucky, where she studies with Dr. Margaret Tung and assists the horn studio. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.M. in Music Education and Horn Performance from Eastern Kentucky University, where she studied with Dr. Mick Sehmann. At the University of Kentucky, Mary participates the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Symphony, the UK Horn Choir, and is a member of the UK Graduate Brass Quintet. Other ensembles she has appeared with include the EKU Symphony Orchestra, the EKU Wind Ensemble, the Video Games Live Orchestra, the EKU Marching Colonels, the Louisville Philharmonia, the Madison Community Band, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, and the Sacred Winds Ensemble.

Mary is an avid music educator, and has held private and group teaching positions with the Madison Central High School Band, George Rogers Clark High School Band, Bourbon County High School Band, Oldham County Schools, and Scott County Schools. Mary keeps a private studio that includes middle and high school horn students from Madison, Fayette, Clark, Scott, and Bourbon County, as well as a virtual studio that includes students from Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington. She has also served on the KMEA All-State First Round Horn Judge Committee for District 7 for the last four years. Mary served as the State President for the Kentucky chapter of Collegiate National Association for Music Educators in 2017 and 2018. In 2015, Mary won the Mary Hinkle Scholarship Competition, and the following year won the Josephine Walker American Music Competition at EKU. She is a graduate of the EKU Honors Program, the Kentucky Governors School for the Arts, and has attended several chamber music festivals including the Spectrum Brass Institute at BayView Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

This fall, Mary will begin her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas to study with Dr. Stacie Mickens. She cannot wait to bring her love of using music to bring people together to the Student Advisory Council with the IHS, and is deeply honored to serve in this capacity.

Kiersten Gustafson

Kiersten Gustafson

Kiersten Gustafson is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas, where she studied horn with Dr. Stacie Mickens and Dr. William Scharnberg. Memorable undergraduate performances include the 2019 UNT Symphony Orchestra Gala, where she played principal horn on a demanding program of Bruce Broughton's film score music, and the 2019 George Papich Chamber Music Studies Competition, where she placed as a finalist with her brass quintet (coached by Caleb Hudson of Canadian Brass). She particularly enjoyed playing in the pit for UNT's production of Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, and hopes to seek out more opera-playing opportunities soon.

Besides performing, Kiersten also teaches a small studio of high school students and is a member of the International Women's Brass Conference and Mu Phi Epsilon. During the summers, she enjoys mixing horn playing with outdoor adventures at festivals such as Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy. When COVID-19 shut down summer 2020, she participated in and helped promote the online masterclass series Cor Camp by Horns United.

This fall, Kiersten will begin master’s study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Inspired by a love of literature and old things, Kiersten also holds a Medieval and Renaissance Studies Certificate from UNT. Her dream is to be hired at a Renaissance faire to ride around on horseback blasting hunting horn.

Administrative Staff

Julia Burtscher, Executive Director

Julia Burtscher, Executive Director

Julia Burtscher has been playing the horn for over 30 years and lives in Toledo, Ohio. She earned a BA in Music from the University of Cincinnati and later earned her MBA from the same institution. Julia has spent most of her career in the railroad software industry, and is delighted to be the new executive director of the IHS!

Julia Burtscher
PO Box 5486
Toledo, OH 43613
USA

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Phone: 419-279-5768


Elaine Braun, Membership Coordinator

Elaine Braun, Membership Coordinator

Elaine received her BFA in Music Ed. from SUNY at Buffalo and her MM in Music Ed. from the University of Western Ontario. She taught Elementary Vocal, then Elementary and Middle School Instrumental music in the Buffalo area. While at Western she taught Horn, ran the Horn Ensemble and played Harp in the New Music Ensemble. She also taught at the Western Conservatory and was accompanist for the University Chorus. She has continued to play and sing in ensembles throughout her career as an Orchestra Administrator. In addition to being the General Manager of the Maryland Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic, she was Music Director/Conductor of the Fort Erie (Ontario) Legion Band and the Erie Philharmonic Chorus . She joined the Horn Society in 1972 and has served as Secretary-Treasurer, Coordinator for Canada and Coordinator for the US Representatives before becoming the IHS Membership Coordinator in 2017. She now lives in Nashville where she continues to play, sing and teach.

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

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Phone: 615-837-5836

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

Advisory Council

AC Annual Meeting Zoom
Advisory Council, Officers and Staff in their Zoom meetings for IHS 2020

Andrew Pelletier, President

Andrew Pelletier, President

Andrew Pelletier is a Grammy Award-winning soloist and chamber musician, respected teacher/mentor and President of the International Horn Society. Principal horn of the Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit Opera House), he is the former principal horn of the Ann Arbor (MI) Symphony and the Santa Barbara (CA) Symphony, and has appeared as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera, the Windsor (Canada) Symphony, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio. He is the First-prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition, has appeared at 10 International Horn Society Annual Symposia and has presented solo performances in 30 U.S. States, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, and Mexico. As a member of Southwest Chamber Music, he won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording (small ensemble category). Active in the world of New Music, he has commissioned and premiered over 50 works for the horn as a solo voice. He holds a B.M. from the University of Southern Maine and an M.M. and the D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, where he was chosen the Outstanding Graduate of the School of Music for both degrees. He has recorded for MSR Classics, Cambria Master Classics, Koch International and Delos labels He is very proud to serve as the Professor of Horn at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA, whose faculty he joined in 2004. Andrew Pelletier plays exclusively on horns by Paxman of London, England.

Kristina Mascher-Turner, Vice-President

Kristina Mascher-Turner, Vice-President

Kristina Mascher-Turner, former principal horn of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, hails from Albany, Oregon and is based in Luxembourg. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Douglas Hill) and the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin (Kurt Palm,) and also studied privately with Fergus McWilliam. Early in her career, she was engaged in various orchestras, including the Odense Symfoniorkester (Denmark) and three tours as principal horn with the Gustav-Mahler-Jugendorchester under Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, and Kent Nagano. She joined the world-famous American Horn Quartet in 2009, with whom she has toured and recorded extensively. Kristina is also a member of the Ni Ensemble of Luxembourg (First prizewinners at the 9th International Passau Competition) and forms with husband Kerry Turner the Virtuoso Horn Duo. Their critically acclaimed recordings can be found on the Naxos and MSR Classics labels. Ms. Mascher-Turner has given master classes and performed in over 30 countries on six continents. She is currently Vice President of the International Horn Society and is the editor of the IHS digital newsletter, “Horn and More.” Horn aside, Kristina is co-owner of Phoenix Music Publications, sings with a semi-professional vocal octet, has a passion for travel, food, and languages, and is a certified Reiki master.

Annie Bosler, Secretary-Treasurer

Annie Bosler, Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Annie Bosler wears many hats in her career as a Los Angeles freelance horn player. She has toured with John Williams' Star Wars in Concert and with Josh Groban, and performed on Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen Show, and PBS's Live from Lincoln Center. Annie shared the stage with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney on CBS's The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. She performed with Chance the Rapper at The Grammy’s, P-Diddy at The American Music Awards, and Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella. Annie can be heard on many motion pictures, video games, theme park rides, and TV shows as well as seen playing horn on Fox's TV show Glee.

Named a TED Educator in 2017, Dr. Bosler co-wrote How to practice…for just about anything with Peak Performance Psychologist Dr. Don Greene. The video went viral receiving over 25 million views between Facebook and YouTube. In May of 2015, Annie also gave a TEDx talk about facial rehabilitation and brain plasticity entitled Elissa’s Song: The Power of Face Exercises.

Having taught in the Colburn School for Performing Arts for nearly a decade. Annie has a 100% track record of helping students get into a school of their dreams. She recently co-authored College Prep for Musicians a book for high school students, parents, teachers, and counselors. Also Annie produced and directed 1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years, a one of a kind documentary film about the history of Los Angeles studio musicians told through the eyes of the legendary Hollywood horn players.

Currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the International Horn Society, Annie holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University where she played varsity tennis, and a MM and DMA from the University of Southern California. She is married to studio hornist Dylan Skye Hart. She has a love for teaching, writing, producing film projects, Instagram, agriculture, traveling, playing tennis, and watching college football. For more information, visit anniebosler.com, 1M1hollywoodhorns.com and collegeprepformusicians.com

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Andrew Bain

Andrew Bain

Andrew Bain was appointed to the Chair of Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Gustavo Dudamel in May 2011.

Born and raised in Australia, Andrew was first introduced to music at age 8 when he took up the piano. Four years later, he was enrolled at Brighton High School in their special music program and soon after switched to the French horn because he loved the sound. Andrew ultimately received a Bachelor in Music from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide studying with Patrick Brislan. He furthered his studies with Geoff Collinson in Sydney, Hector McDonald in Vienna, and in 2003 completed a Graduate Diploma in Chamber Music under Will Sanders in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Prior to moving to LA Andrew held positions of Principal Horn of the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Münchner Symphoniker and the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, and Associate Principal Horn of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. From 2003-2012 he was the Principal Horn of the Colorado Music Festival. Andrew can be heard on numerous Hollywood films and was overjoyed to fulfill the dream of a lifetime working with John William’s as principal horn for the score of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

In addition to music, Andrew loves traveling, cooking and exploring L.A. with his beautiful wife, Rupal. If he’s not working, you will most likely find him on the golf course trying to improve his handicap.


Benoît de Barsony

Benoît de Barsony

Benoît de Barsony is currently the principal Horn player with the Orchestre de Paris. A graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, he joined the Orchestre National d’ Ile de France in September 2005 and then the Orchestre de Paris in 2006, where he works under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvï and Daniel Harding. He also plays as principal horn with great orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

A chamber music enthusiast, he has participated in many festivals ( Kuhmo festival in finland, festival de la roque d’Anthéron, Festival de l’Empéri, Classic con brio in Osnabrück… ), in the company of musicians such as Maurice Bourgue, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Guy Braunstein, Daishin Kashimoto, Eric Lesage...

Benoît de Barsony appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris at the salle Pleyel, Philharmonie de Paris and NHK Tokyo, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva at the Rheingau Music Festival, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and also with the Orchestre de Besançon.

Renowned professor, he taught for two years at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon and regularly gives masterclasses in Europe and Asia (Japan, China).


Randy Gardner

Randy Gardner

Randy C. Gardner is currently Artist-In-Residence at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Following a distinguished tenure as Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. During his CCM tenure, Professor Gardner received CCM’s Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award and the University of Cincinnati Award for Faculty Excellence. A successful and dedicated teacher, his students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the US and abroad.

Prior to joining the CCM faculty, Gardner was Second Hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 22 years, under the music directorships of Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, and Eugene Ormandy.

Professor Gardner presents innovative and popular Modular Music Masterclasses, is the author of the acclaimed International Opus publication Mastering the Horn’s Low Register and self-published Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players, and composed WHY?! for unaccompanied horn, published by Thompson Edition. Gardner has fostered the composition of new works for horn by commissioning compositions and by serving as Chair of the International Horn Society’s Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund..

Randy Gardner was a Featured Artist at International Symposia of the International Horn Society in Beijing, China (2000), Lahti, Finland (2002) and Denver, CO (2008). In 2012, he had the distinct honor of performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra at IHS Symposium 44 with conductor Barry Tuckwell and fellow hornists Gregory Hustis, Joseph Ognibene, and John Ericson. Gardner also had the great pleasure of performing Kenneth Fuchs’ Canticle to the Sun with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at the 2008 IHS Symposium. He has been a Contributing Artist at many international and regional horn workshops and he serves as an adjudicator at solo and chamber music competitions.

In his free time, Randy enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, reading, sports, and church/community activism. He is an avid Chicago Cubs fan who was thrilled to witness his team win the 2016 World Series after a “drought” of 108 years. Randy believes that Cubs fans model two important personal character traits – optimism and perseverance.

Randy Gardner was honored to receive an IHS Punto Award in 2018. An enthusiastic member of the International Horn Society, Gardner served on the IHS Advisory Council from 1999-2005 before his current term. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.

Website: randygardnerhorn.com


Patrick Hughes

Patrick Hughes

With a tone and musicality described as “pure chocolate”, Patrick Hughes has soloed in recitals throughout the US, at annual regional horn conferences, and at 10 International Horn Symposia. In 2006 he performed the Asian premiere of Kazimierz Machala’s Concerto for Horn, Winds and Percussion in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also been a featured soloist with various ensembles at the University of Texas (most recently performing the Hamburg Concerto by György Ligeti), as well as the Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble, the St. Olaf Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. The Dallas Morning News described Hughes as “…a dream soloist…His tone was warm and honeyed, his virtuosity and legato both apparently effortless.”

He is a much sought-after guest clinician, teaching masterclasses and lecturing at Universities and Conferences across the US and abroad. In May of 2013 he went on a teaching/performing tour in Australia, where he worked with the students and performed solo recitals at the Queensland and Sydney Conservatories. In a recent return to composition and arranging he has produced a number of pieces for the award-winning UT Horn Choir.

He can be heard as a contributing artist on the recordings Thoughtful Wanderings…compositions by Douglas Hill; MidWinter (with Minnesotan singer/songwriter Peter Mayer); New Mexico Winds; Devisadero, works by Christopher Shultis, and Barber: An American Romantic: Conspirare. His new Solo CD, Crossroads (featuring Colette Valentine and the UT Horn Choir), is scheduled to be released in December of 2018.

Mr. Hughes is a current member of the Advisory Council for the International Horn Society, and serves on the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund board.


Susan McCullough

Susan McCullough

Susan has been playing horn with the Denver Brass since the first concert in 1981. In fact, besides founders, Kathy and Chuck Brantigan, Susan is the only other musician in today’s Denver Brass who was there from the very beginning. Her formal training began at Emporia State University after which she served our nation as a member of the U S Air Force Academy Band. Since then, Susan has been the number one free-lance horn player in the region. She’s played with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Inside the Orchestra, Colorado Opera Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and has toured the U.S. and Japan with the Aries Brass Quintet.

She recently retired as the horn instructor at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver and hosted the International Horn Society conference at Lamont in 2008. She has travelled and performed in South Africa seven times! As with so many musicians, Susan was influenced early in life by her junior high band director and high school choral director. Susan has been equally inspirational to her students of all ages during her decades of horn teaching.

When not playing horn (which isn’t often), Susan’s husband, children and grandchildren occupy most of her free time. Her son Jesse is also a professional horn player in the Cleveland Orchestra. He previously performed alongside Susan in the Denver Brass!


Leslie Norton

Leslie Norton

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.

Jeff Snedeker

Jeff Snedeker

Jeffrey Snedeker has been on the music faculty at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, since 1991. His teaching duties have included horn, music history, and directing the Brass Choir and Horn Ensemble. Jeff is a Past President of the International Horn Society, and has received several awards for teaching, research, and service, including the national Artist Award from the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, and the Washington state Timm Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship. In 2018, Jeff was selected for the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. He has also been selected as the Higher Education Music Educator of the Year by the WMEA, and is a Distinguished University Professor for Service at CWU. Jeff has been a featured artist, clinician, lecturer, and host of regional, national, and international conferences on six continents, and is recognized as a leading performer and scholar of the horn, especially solo repertoire, jazz, and historical performance. He has published over 50 articles on a variety of musical topics, including entries in The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, journals of the International Horn Society, Historic Brass Society, American Musical Instrument Society, Music Educators Journal, VOICE Magazine, Composition Today, and the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has released five solo recordings featuring the natural horn and the horn in jazz settings. Jeff has been Principal Horn of the Yakima (WA) Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He lives in Ellensburg with his extremely patient wife and two talented sons.

Michelle Stebleton

Michelle Stebleton

Michelle Stebleton is an Associate Professor of Horn and member of the Florida State Brass Quintet and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Since coming to FSU in 1990, she has been awarded the Teaching Incentive Program Award, an Undergraduate Teaching Award, and several large research grants. Through these grants she recorded two compact discs available on MSR Classics: The Horn Works of Paul Basler and MirrorImage at the Opera, a recording of her horn duo with Lisa Bontrager. The Florida State Brass Quintet’s CD Strophes of the Night and Dawn is available through Crystal Records.

Ms. Stebleton, a Holton-Leblanc Artist Clinician, is a six-time prize winner in various divisions of the American Horn Competition. She has traveled to 26 countries as a chamber artist and clinician and performs regularly as a soloist and clinician in Paraguay, The Czech Republic, and under the baton of Philipe Entremont in the bi-annual Music Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic.

At FSU Professor Stebleton maintains a horn studio of about 30 students. She offers daily Fundamentals Class, weekly Studio Classes, and Horn Choir. In addition, she teaches the Horn component of Solo Brass Literature. Actively performing, she is regularly featured at the International Horn Society Symposiums and Southeast Horn Workshops. She currently serves as on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society.

Professor Stebleton received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Louis J. Stout and Lowell Greer. She holds a diploma from the Prague Mozart Academy.


J. Bernardo Silva

J. Bernardo Silva

Bernardo was born in Oporto, Portugal. Graduated from Lisbon’s Escola Superior, studying with Jonathan Luxton. He also studied at Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg with Prof. Ab Koster. He attended classes and masterclasses with Radovan Vlatkovic, Hermann Baumann, Javier Bonet, Bruno Schneider, Stefan Dohr, Froydis Ree Wekre, Philip Myers, Fergus McWilliam, Hervé Joulain, Will Sanders, Jasper de Waal, Zdenek Tylsar, among others. With Ab Koster he started the study of natural horn. He has received a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Fundation and a scholarship merit award from the Lisbon Polytechnic Institute.

He is a member of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. As a guest musician he performed with all the major Portuguese orchestras and several Spanish too. He is a horn professor at the University of Aveiro and at Espinho’s Professional Music School. He frequently guides masterclasses in Portugal and abroad. He is regularly invited to jury of national and international competitions, has been in conpetitions in Portugal, Spain and Finland.

He has performed as a soloist, in recital, chamber music and orchestra in many countries in Europe, Brazil and Mexico. He has played as a soloist with several Portuguese and Spanish orchestras, performing works of Weber, R.Schumann, W.A.Mozart, Britten, Cherubini, Alex Poelman, Anders Emilsson and Aparicio Barberán. He was awarded the First Prize in the Philip Farkas Competition organized by the International Horn Society in Lahti, Finland in 2002.

His discography includes several solo works, chamber music and as a member of OSP Cdm. His both solo albums ‘Lunar Songs’ and ‘Solo’ have received excellent reviews. He performed the first world recording of the work ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ for solo horn and wind band of the composer Alex Poelman for the Dutch label Molenaar. He has been a very active chamber music musician. He is a founding member of the quartet Trompas Lusas. The group is frequently present in concerts in Portugal and abroad.

Bernardo has maintained a close relationship with several composers to extend the original repertoire for the instrument, having premiered many works. Such composers as Sergio Azevedo, Telmo Marques, Luís Carvalho and Liduino Pitombeira have dedicated works to him.


Radegundis Tavares

Radegundis Tavares

Radegundis Tavares has been developing a career of important accomplishments. He was the first president of the Brazilian Horn Association and has recorded the first CD of a Brazilian brass player playing standard European classical repertoire, entitled “Universal”, as much as the first CD featuring improvisation on the Horn by a Brazilian player, entitled “Radegundis Tavares”. Radegundis hosted the first two Brazilian Horn Meetings and the first International Horn Symposium in Latin America – IHS49.

He has been premiering many works for Horn in a great variety of formations, specially Brazilian Music from distinguished Brazilian composers such as José Ursicino da Silva “Maestro Duda”, J. Orlando Alves, Marcílio Onofre, Liduino Pitombeira and Eli-Eri Moura – many of these Works were dedicated to Radegundis. He has acted as a soloist playing traditional repertoire, virtuosic works and Brazilian popular music.

Radegundis did his under-graduate and graduate courses in the Federal University of Paraiba and had as his Horn professor Cisneiro de Andrade and as his research supervisor Luis Ricardo Silva Queiroz. During his master degree Radegundis started to research about the Horn learning and the performance of Brazilian popular music in this instrument and many publications were made from this project.

Besides his performances as soloist and chamber musician, Radegundis played as a guest with many orchestras. Since 2008 he is full time professor of Horn at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and has released in June of 2019 his third solo CD entitled “Sounds from my home”. Radegundis’ recordings can be found on main streaming platforms.


Amy Thakurdas

Amy Thakurdas

After 28 years as a corporate attorney Amy retired and qualified as a nauturopathic doctor specialising in PTSD and stress management. She uses music therapy as part of her practice which is based both in the UK and USA.

Amy Thakurdas is the music director of Oxford Horns, a horn choir with over 30 student, community and professional players who play mass ensemble repertoire. Her aim is to keep the passion and joy of playing horn alive including players from 12 through 85.

She has played in orchestras in London and Los Angeles. Her current concert series Romance your Soul is in its third year where she performs standard repertoire plus her own compositions and arrangements.


Lydia Van Dreel

Lydia Van Dreel

Lydia Van Dreel, Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Oregon, joined the faculty in 2006. Prior to that appointment, she held a ten-year tenured position as Co-Principal Horn of the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida. Van Dreel earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and the Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School.

Ms. Van Dreel’s performing career has encompassed a wide variety of activities as an orchestral, solo, chamber and recording artist. Currently, Van Dreel is a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, The IRIS Orchestra (Memphis, TN), Quadre—The Voice of Four Horns, the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Next, the Oregon Wind Quintet, and the Oregon Brass Quintet. Additionally, Van Dreel has performed as a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Britt Music Festival Orchestra, The Spoleto Festival Orchestra, The New World Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Wind Quintet, The Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Mozart Players. Van Dreel also performs frequently as an extra musician with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, The Naples Philharmonic, The Portland Opera, The Eugene Opera, and the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra, among others.

A frequent concerto soloist, Ms. Van Dreel has been featured with the Peninsula Symphony, The Sarasota Orchestra, The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Salem Philharmonia, the Willamette Valley Symphony, The University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, the Salem Concert Band, and the San Jose Wind Ensemble, and others.

A tireless advocate for music and musicians, Van Dreel hosted the 2015 and 2010 Northwest Horn Symposium, and will host the International Horn Society annual symposium in August, 2020. She serves as the recording reviews editor for The Horn Call (journal of the International Horn Society) and serves or has served on the board of directors of Chamber Music at Beall, the Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony (formerly Arts Umbrella), and the American Federation of Musicians Local 689 and Local 427-721.

Administrative Staff

Executive Director

Julia Burtscher
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