Editorial Staff

The staff behind The Horn Call and its related publications.

IHS Publications Editor

James Boldin
School of Visual and Performing Arts
University of Louisiana Monroe
Biedenharn Hall
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209
Email: editor@hornsociety.org

Book & Sheet Music Reviews

Dr. Heidi Lucas
Editor, Print Materials Reviews, The Horn Call
135 Crestwood Road
Landenberg, PA 19350
Email: heidiluhorn@gmail.com

Recordings Reviews

Lydia Van Dreel
Assistant Professor of Horn
University of Oregon School of Music and Dance
1225 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403-1225


Allison DeMeulle
Joseph Johnson

Assistant Editor

Marilyn Bone Kloss
1 Concord Greene #8
Concord, MA 01742-3170
Email: mbkloss@comcast.net

News Editor

Brenda Luchsinger
Music Department
Alabama State University

Column Editors

James Naigus and Drew Phillips, The Creative Hornist and Technique Tips
Emails: jamesnaigus@gmail.com and aphillips527@gmail.com

Ellie Jenkins, Cor Values elliejenkinshorn@gmail.com

Matthew C. Haislip, Media Reviews
Email: matthew.haislip@msstate.edu

Lauren Antoniolli, Student Corner
Email: lr-antoniolli@wiu.edu

Erika Loke, Military Matters
Email: ihsmilitarymatters@gmail.com

Michelle Stebleton, Teacher Talk
Email: mstebleton@fsu.edu

Drew Phillips, Horn Tunes
Email: aphillips527@gmail.com

The IHS Online

Website Manager: Dan Phillips
Email: manager@hornsociety.org

Website Editor: Marilyn Bone Kloss
Email: mbkloss@comcast.net

HornZone Editor: Kyle Hayes
Email: hornzone@hornsociety.org

Advertising Agent

Paul Austin
561 Madison Avenue SE
Grand Rapids MI 49503
Email: HornCallAd@gmail.com

Horn and More Newsletter

Mike Harcrow, Editor
email: hornandmore@hornsociety.org

Dan Phillips, Technical Editor
email: manager@hornsociety.org

Austris Apenis, Europe (austrismusic@gmail.com)
Florian Dzierla, Illustrator
Inman Hebert, Student Liaison, (studentliaison@hornsociety.org)
Gabriela Ibarra, Latin America
Heather Thayer, Proofreader
Angela Winter, Interviews

Daniel Grabois, Editor, Pedagogy Column
Caiti Beth McKinney, Composer Spotlight
Jeff Nelsen and Katy Carnaggio, Fearless Performance
Ian Zook, Horn on Record

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.

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.

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

Email: exec-director@hornsociety.org
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

Email: membership-coor@hornsociety.org
Phone: 615-837-5836

Jefferson Montiel, Social Media Coordinator

Jefferson Montiel, Social Media Coordinator

Jefferson Montiel was born in 1997 in San José, Costa Rica. He is a horn player, AV producer and digital artist.

As a horn player he began his studies at the age of 9 at SiNEM (National Music Education System of Costa Rica) with his teacher, Juan Carlos Porras. Later he obtained a professional degree in french horn performance at the University of Costa Rica, with professors Juan Manuel Arana and Mario Mora.
He has been a horn player in the orchestra of the University of Costa Rica, Symphony Orchestra of Heredia, Cartago and the Philharmonic of Costa Rica. He has participated in international orchestras such as the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra. He participated in the Tennessee Valley Music Festival 2014 and British Isle Music Festival 2018. In 2019 he won the young soloist contest of the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra. And since he was 18 years old he has been working professionally with the Concert Band of San José, capital of Costa Rica.

As an AV producer, he has a professional degree from the Véritas University and has worked as a director, cinematographer, assistant director and digital artist in music videos, short films, documentaries and commercials. He is currently studying advertising design and is a digital artist at his own creative studio, Monti studio.

Email: social-media@hornsociety.org

Greg Cohen, Exhibitor Liaison

Greg Cohen, Exhibitor Liaison

IHS Exhibitor Liaison Greg Cohen lives in Santa Fe, NM and has been a familiar face at IHS functions since the early 1990's, attending annual symposia with his wife, former Executive Director, Heidi Vogel.

He brings over 30 years experience in a variety of fields to bear in his role with the IHS, including budgeting, financial management, live event management and administration. He’s worked extensively in technical and promotional writing, editing, proofreading, advertising and graphic design; Greg has created the program books for multiple IHS workshops, as well as designing the recently released IHS commemorative book, The First 50 Years.

Music has been key through most of his career in multiple roles; Artist Relations for Columbia and Warner Brothers music, event manager for the Seattle Paramount Theater, Advertising and Retail Coordinator for a chain of music stores, and director of non-profit arts groups ranging from the Juneau Jazz & Classics music festival to the Lanai Arts Center in Hawaii. Greg is a musician, playing harmonica in bands that range from Bluegrass and Folk to Rock and R&B for over 40 years. He has published 3 novels and a collection of short stories, is an avid photographer as well as painter, using acrylics.

Email: exhibits@hornsociety.org

Advisory Council

Radegundis Feitosa, President

Radegundis Feitosa, President

Radegundis Feitosa 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.

J. Bernardo Silva, vice President

J. Bernardo Silva, vice President

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.

Allison DeMeulle, Secretary

Allison DeMeulle, Secretary

Allison DeMeulle is a recent graduate, receiving an MM in Music Performance, from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). In 2018, Allison graduated from Chapman University, magna cum laude, with a BM in Horn Performance and a self-designed BA in Publishing & Editing. In addition to her studies, she served as the Orchestra Manager for The Chapman Orchestra and the Assistant Manager of the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony.

On international tours and festivals, Allison has performed with the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony in the UK and Spain, International Lyric Academy in Italy, and with the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra in the UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria. She has studied under horn teachers Jenny Kim, Russell Dicey and Dylan Hart, and is currently studying with Rusty Holmes.

Allison was a recipient of the International Horn Society’s Paul Mansur Award in 2014, and Chapman University's Musco Scholar Award in 2018.

In 2020, Allison also started her own business called The Musical Notes, a stationery store for musicians to organize their materials and practicing.

Johanna Lundy, Treasurer

Johanna Lundy, Treasurer

Johanna Lundy is the Principal Horn with the Tucson Symphony, a position she has held since 2006. Hailed by Gramophone as “simply breathtaking,” she released her first solo album Canyon Songs in 2018. As a soloist and recitalist, Ms. Lundy has appeared as a guest artist with the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Canyon Music Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, St. Andrew’s Bach Society, and the Downtown Chamber Series in Phoenix. She has performed with orchestras across the United States, including The Florida Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Albany Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. Lundy has received critical acclaim for her "robust sound" and her "extraordinary" performances.

A dedicated teacher, Lundy is on faculty at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. Her teaching emphasizes physical and mental wellness, orchestral audition preparation, and artist development. Students are encouraged to explore collaborations across disciplines, new methods for concert delivery, and community connections. Former students have gone on to varied careers in music and positions with professional orchestras and other ensembles. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory and principal teachers include Richard Deane, Roland Pandolfi, Richard Sebring, James Sommerville, and John Zirbel.

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

Tommi Hyytinen

Tommi Hyytinen

Tommi Hyytinen is Finnish horn artist and pedagogue. He works at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as a horn player and at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki as a horn and natural horn teacher. Additionally he is also a member of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Hyytinen graduated as Doctor of Music from the Sibelius Academy in 2009. He is an active chamber musician, and is a member of The Golden Horns, Helsinki Brass Quartet and Arctic Hysteria wind quintet. Hyytinen is also active in the contemporary music scene and has premiered several pieces for horn, such as the horn concertos by composers Atso Almila, Tomi Räisänen, Olli Virtaperko, Uljas Pulkkis, Kai Nieminen and Matthew Whittall. He has released three critically-acclaimed solo discs. Northlands album in which he plays Matthew Whittall's horn concerto "Northlands" with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nils Schweckendiek was chosen as the Album of the Year 2017 by Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. In addition to his work as a musician Hyytinen is also a certified Pilates instructor. He specializes in the musicians' use of the body. His horn method "Playing from the Core" was published in 2021.


Benjamin Lieser

Benjamin Lieser

Benjamin Lieser is the Horn Professor in the School of Performing Arts at the University of Central Florida. He is currently principal horn of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra (Melbourne, FL), and second horn of the Bach Festival Society Orchestra. He has performed with the Walt Disney World Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Cincinnati Opera, the Orlando Philharmonic and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is the Florida Area Representative for the International Horn Society and hosts the annual Florida French Horn Festival.

Dr. Lieser has been a featured soloist with the OFUNAM orchestra in Mexico City, and performed as a contributing artist at the International Horn Symposiums, the International Women’s Brass Conference, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the Southeast Horn Workshops, and the Florida French Horn Festival. As a member of the UCF Faculty Woodwind Quintet, he has performed at the International Double Reed Workshop.

Previously, Benjamin taught at Stetson University in Deland, FL, and has served as a secondary music educator in both public and private schools in Jacksonville and Orlando. He holds degrees from Florida State University (BA, DM) and the University of Cincinnati (MM). His teachers include William Capps, Randy Gardner, Michelle Stebleton, Duane Duggar, and Randall Faust.

Peter Luff

Peter Luff

Peter Luff is an Associate Professor at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where he lectures in horn and brass performance.

As a professional Horn player he has performed with many Orchestras and ensembles, including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Australian World Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists and Ensemble Q. He has performed as a solo recitalist in the USA, Japan, China, Korea, Canada and Europe. Peter has conducted ensembles including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland Chorus, Queensland Youth Symphony, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and the Brisbane Philharmonic, and in March 2022 he will debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Peter is in great demand as a Horn teacher, with many of his Horn graduates securing permanent playing positions in national and international professional symphony orchestras. Peter has served as vice president of the International Horn Society(IHS), is a member of the IHS Advisory Council, and a recipient of the society’s prestigious “Punto Award” for his contributions to the Australian horn playing community.

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!

Kenneth Pope

Kenneth Pope

As a hornist Ken has performed throughout the world with a diverse number of ensembles - from the Boston and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras to touring with Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Some of his more curious achievements have been: playing for the opening of the 2007 World Series, playing under the Eiffel Tower for the Millennium Concert (with the combined forces of the Boston Symphony, Paris Conservatory Orchestra, Andrea Boccelli, and a large assortment of choruses). He also has had the unusual experience of performing at Carnegie Hall with 3 different orchestras in under 10 days! (Boston Symphony - Mahler 2, Pittsburgh Symphony - Rite of Spring, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra - Mahler 8). Two of his favorite ensembles were Grammy nominated: Orchestrotica (peforming the music of Juan Garcia Esquivel, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project). In 1983 he started learning horn repair and customization and never stopped.  Pope Horns was started in 1988 and has grown to be the largest (smallest) horn shop in the world.

Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott

A native of Queens, NY, Jeff Scott started the French horn at age 14, receiving an anonymous gift scholarship to begin his private study and formal introduction to music theory with the Brooklyn College Preparatory Division. An even greater gift came from his first private teacher Carolyn Clark, who taught the young Jeff. Scott for free during his high school years, giving him the opportunity to study music when resources were not available.

Since receiving degrees from Manhattan School of Music, class of ’90 and SUNY at Stony Brook, class of ’92, Jeff. Scott has enjoyed a performance career as an orchestral, chamber and studio musician, also performing with Ballet and Opera companies, Broadway shows as well as touring and recording with various artists for film, classical music, pop music and jazz.

Jeff Scott's composing credits include published works for symphonic and chamber orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles and solo works for winds, brass, strings and voice.

In 2021, as a founding member of the internationally acclaimed “Imani Winds”, Jeff retired after 24 groundbreaking years of performing, recording and community. public school, collegiate outreach. The ensemble toured internationally multiple times, and Jeff composed and arranged many works of music for the ensemble. The quintet was honored with a permanent installation at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History in 2017.

After nine years of courtship between the USA and Brazil, the love of his life Joyce Assis finally said “I do” in 2019. They now live in Oberlin, Ohio with their son Davi.

Mr. Scott was recently appointed Associate Professor of Horn at Oberlin College and Conservatory.

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.

Margaret Tung

Margaret Tung

Dr. Margaret Tung is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at University of Kentucky. Hailed as “masterly” in the Chicago Classical Review, she has performed with the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a chamber musician Dr. Tung has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma in a Chicago Symphony Orchestra chamber project, Once Upon a Symphony. Additionally, she currently performs in the UK Faculty Brass Quintet. Dr. Tung has presented at several clinics including The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, OMEA in Cleveland, and KMEA in Louisville. She has also performed at several International and Regional Horn Symposiums throughout the years including the 2016 International Horn Symposium in Muncie, IN where she commissioned and performed the world premiere performance of John Cheetham’s Sonata for Horn and Piano. As a soloist, she can be heard as a featured soloist with Anima on their CD release, An Anima Christmas. Her most recent recording release was Grammy nominated with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra entitled Concertos for Orchestra. Dr. Tung is an education enthusiast and recently published an article in the journal for the International Horn Society, The Horn Call: The Benefits of Adding a Horn Choir to Your Program. Dr. Tung is honored to be serving on the International Horn Society’s Advisory Council and also as the Kentucky Area Representative. She has been on faculty at The University of Akron, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and Olivet Nazarene University. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Ohio State University and holds a Master of Music from Rice University and a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University. Her teachers include world renowned Dale Clevenger, William VerMeulen, Oto Carrillo, Jon Boen, David Griffin, and Bruce Henniss.

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.

Lucca Zambonini

Lucca Zambonini

Appointed in 2010 as Associate Principal Horn of the Campinas Symphony Orchestra - São Paulo, Dr. Lucca Zambonini also served as Horn Professor at FAAM/SP and Cantareira`s College, both in São Paulo, Brazil.

Lucca has served as Horn Solo and invited horn player in major orchestras throughout his career, such Badisches Staatstheater, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Brazilian Symphony Orchestras.

Lucca is Director of Marketing of the Brazilian French Horn Association and teaches and play among several music festivals, competitions and workshops around the world, he also has founded two online music projects called: “Inteligencia Musical” - to teach music appreciation and music basics to families who don't have access to music education with more than 700 students; “Horn Academy” - an on-line horn lessons project with more than 300 students.

In addition to music, Lucca loves reading and studying about technology, sports, theology and education. Together with his beautiful wife, the violist Erica, they have 3 children, Elena, Eduardo and Estevan. If he’s not working, you will most likely find him having fun with his family.

Administrative Staff

Executive Director

Julia Burtscher
PO Box 5486
Toledo, OH 43613

Email: exec-director@hornsociety.org 
Phone: 419-279-5768

Membership Coordinator

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

Email: membership-coor@hornsociety.org
Phone: 615-837-5836

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 ?

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

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