Elaine Braun has been active in the IHS in myriad ways since the early years: contributing to The Horn Call with articles and poems from the 1970s, serving on the Advisory Council (1982-1988 and 2015-2017), as Secretary-Treasurer (1983-1986), as the first IHS Representative for Canada (1981-1998), as US Area Representatives Coordinator (2010-2019), and currently as North America Area Representatives Coordinator (starting in 2019) and Membership Coordinator (since 2017). She is the epitome of a loyal contributing member of the horn community.
Elaine received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Buffalo where she studied horn with Lowell Shaw, and her Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario (London), where she also taught horn and conducted the Horn Ensemble. While in London, she played in Western’s Faculty Chamber Orchestra, sang in the Gerald Fagan Singers, and played harp in Western’s New Music Ensemble. She also taught at the Western Conservatory of Music and was principal horn in the Fanshawe Orchestra.
While still living in Canada she worked for the Buffalo Philharmonic, first in Operations/Education then as Assistant Librarian. She also conducted the Fort Erie Legion Band and the Fort Erie Chorale, and sang in the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Then she became General Manager of the Maryland Symphony in Hagerstown, where she played in the Hagerstown Concert Band, sang in the Hagerstown Chorale, and conducted the New Horizons Band of Hagerstown. She moved to Erie PA to be General Manager of the Erie Philharmonic, and Conductor/Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic Chorus. She also played in the Edinburgh Concert Band and a horn eEnsemble in Westfield NY.
Elaine currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she plays in the Nashville Community Concert Band, sings in the Vanderbilt Community Chorus, and teaches at Croft Middle School – in addition to her continuing responsibilities with the IHS.
Nancy Joy’s infectious enthusiasm has led the IHS since 2005 to symposiums across the US and around the world, including to South Africa, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil, and Belgium. In addition, she has brought her New Mexico State University horn choir, Corno Crew, to participate in many symposiums, in 2000 memorably performing on the Great Wall in China. Nancy served on the Advisory Council for two terms (2003-2009) and has chaired the IHS Scholarship Committee.
Nancy’s career has combined performance and education along with her active service to the horn society. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wittenberg University School of Music in Springfield, Ohio, studying with Richard Chenoweth, and a Master of Music in Horn Performance at New Mexico State University, studying with Warner Hutchison. Nancy is currently horn professor at New Mexico State University. At the same time, she is principal horn of the Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU and second horn of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Opera Company.
Nancy is also a soloist, often performing with educational organizations, and participates in regional and international conferences, including those of the New Mexico Music Educators Association, the International Women's Brass Conference, and the IHS. In her private studio, she teaches beginning horn students through high school level, and she conducts clinics in Breathing Gym and Interactive Video Audition Service International around the US and the world.
William (Bill) Scharnberg is a distinguished teacher, performer, and Editor of The Horn Call (since 2003). He has served as IHS President (1990-1992), Advisory Council member (1986–1992, 1999–2003), Workshop Coordinator (1986-2004), Music Review Editor (1981-2003), and host for two IHS Horn Symposia (1991 and 2012). As Publication Editor, Bill serves on the Advisory Council ex officio.
Bill joined the faculty of the University of North Texas in 1983, becoming a Regents Professor in 2002. Previously he taught at the University of Oklahoma, Pacific Lutheran University, the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm, and Central Missouri State University. He has published many journal articles and four editions of 18th and 19th century works for horn.
Bill was principal horn of the Dallas Opera Orchestra for 32 years and continues as principal horn of the Wichita Falls Symphony. He has been and continues to be involved in chamber music venues. He has been principal horn of the Tri-City Symphony (Iowa-Illinois), Tacoma Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Ballet, Dallas Bach Society, Royal Opera of Stockholm, East Texas Symphony, Classical Music Seminar (Austria), Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and Flathead Festival Orchestra. He has been a soloist with several regional orchestras and has appeared as an artist at three International Horn Symposia and several regional horn workshops. He was awarded the Service Medal of Honor in 2017.
Heidi A. Vogel
Heidi A. Vogel (born 1956) earned a BM degree from SUNY-Fredonia State College, after which, her career took many twists and turns that prepared her for work with the International Horn Society.
Heidi’s first “real” job was selling mule rides at Grand Canyon National Park. She also taught K-12 Music at the National Park School, and worked and trained in the Fred Harvey accounting offices. She moved to Juneau, Alaska, to take a summer job at a river rafting company and stayed on as their bookkeeper. She then worked for the Alaska State Legislature in their Payroll and Personnel Office. After seven years, she took a part-time position with the Secretary of the Alaska State Senate and later became the Senate Secretary, which allowed her to take on part-time work as Executive Secretary with the IHS in 1997.
Heidi has continued to play her horn in many community orchestras in Alaska, Hawaii, and now in New Mexico. She also served on the board and as President of the Juneau Symphony.
Heidi has been the chief administrator of the IHS for the past 22 years. When she began, the job was primarily membership renewals mailed in by check, maintenance of the member database, and a few IHS programs. She has assisted seven society presidents and three editors of The Horn Call in maintaining and expanding the organization, as well as helping other staff and Advisory Councils develop, combine, and achieve their visions for the future of the Society. Under Heidi’s tenure, the Executive Secretary position increased in job duties and time to become a full-time position (re-titled Executive Director in 2015), involving the current variety of scholarship, composition, and commissioning assistance programs, several media outlets, an online system for membership recordkeeping and enrollment, board meeting preparation, contract drafts and reviews, promotion and design work, event assistance, bookkeeping, research, committee and project assistance, fundraising, non-profit compliance, and legal reviews and recommendations.
Heidi has become a source of institutional knowledge for the last two decades of the International Horn Society, and is a proven excellent cat herder. The IHS Advisory Council recognizes her many selfless contributions to the society with the 2018 IHS Service Medal of Honor.
Kristin P. Thelander
Kristin Thelander has been active in the IHS in many capacities, with a major effort and lasting legacy as coordinator of the Thesis Lending Library. She has performed on both modern and natural horn at many International Horn Workshops and has been a guest artist at many regional horn workshops. She was particularly known for her natural horn performances and master classes.
Kristin received a BM from St. Olaf College, where she studied with Miles Johnson; an MA in musicology from the University of Minnesota; and a DMA from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied with Douglas Hill. She won First Prize at the American Horn Competition in 1981. She was on the music faculty at the University of New Mexico, and then joined the University of Iowa, where she was horn professor (1989-2000), Director of the School of Music (2000-2009), and Director of Planning until her retirement in 2016.
Kristin has been a member of the Madison (WI) Symphony, the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Iowa Brass Quintet, the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, the Bon Vivant Horn Quartet, and the La Crosse (WI) Symphony. Highlights of her career include international tours to the People's Republic of China, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil.
Kristin has recorded with the New Mexico Brass Quintet (Crystal Records), the Iowa Brass Quintet (Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration), and the University of Iowa Center for New Music; Music of the Early 19th Century for Natural Horn and Fortepiano (Crystal Records); Crosswinds: Music of Margaret Brouwer (CRI); Thoughtful Wanderings: Music of Douglas Hill (UW); and Francis Poulenc: Complete Music for Winds and Piano (MSR).
Kristin served on the IHS Advisory Council (1987-1994), as Secretary-Treasurer (1990-1992), and as Vice President (1992-1994), Commissioning Assistance Program chair (1989-1994), member of the Board of Referees for The Horn Call (1989-1997), Coordinator of the Thesis Lending Library (1994-2016), and an adjudicator for many IHS solo and orchestral horn competitions. She has written several articles for The Horn Call and The Horn Call Annual. She was awarded the Service Medal of Honor in 2016.