Area Representatives

USA Area Representative Coordinator: Jennifer Sholtis, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它

Interested in becoming an Area Representative for your state? See the job description and apply online (must be logged in current member to access).

The most recent Area Representative annual reports can be folder downloaded here .

NorthEast Team
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CT Jaime Thorne, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
DC Tobi Cisin, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
DE John David Smith, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MA Angela DiBartolomeo Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MD Justin Drew, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
ME MargieLandis, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NH Angela DiBartolomeo Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NJ Erin Paul, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NY Alan Orloff, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
OH Tiffany Damicone, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
PA Rebecca Dodson Webster, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
RI Cathryn Cummings,  Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
WV Jonas Thoms,  Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
SouthEast Team
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AL Brenda Luchsinger, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
DC Tobi Cisin, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
FL Carolyn Blice, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
GA Jean Martin-Williams, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
KY David Elliot, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
LA Centria Brown, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MD Justin Drew, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MS Matthew Haislip, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NC Travis Bennett, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
SC Tonya Propst, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
TN Jeremy Hansen, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
WV Jonas Thoms, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NorthWest Team
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CAn Daniel Wood, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它,
CAs Doug Hall, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
CO Michael Thornton, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它,
ID Jason Johnston, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MT Zachary Cooper Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NV Jonathan Snyder, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
OR Lydia Van Dreel, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
WA Mike Simpson Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MidNorth Team
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IA Joshua Johnson, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
IL Jena Gardner, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
IN Gene Berger, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它, Hoosier Horns
MI Kurt Civilette, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它,
MN Greg Beckwith, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
ND Deanna Carpenter, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NE Jacqueline Mattingly, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
OH Tiffany Damicone, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
SD Gary Reeves, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
WI Andy Moran, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
WV Jonas Thoms, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MidSouth Team
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AL Brenda Luchsinger, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
AR Juli Buxbaum, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
KS Jeb Wallace, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
KY David Elliot, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
LA Centria Brown, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MO Gary Moege, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
MS Matthew Haislip, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NE Jacqueline Mattingly, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
OK Eldon Matlick, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
TN Jeremy Hansen, , Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
TX - North Candace Neal, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
TX - South Caroline Steiger, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
SouthWest Team
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CAs Doug Hall, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
HI Marie Lickwar Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NM Michelle Rimoli, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
NV Jonathan Snyder,
TX - North Candace Neal, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
TX - South Caroline Steiger, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
UT Daniel Omer Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它

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
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Assistant Editor

Marilyn Bone Kloss
1 Concord Greene #8
Concord, MA 01742-3170
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Book & Sheet Music Reviews

Dr. Heidi Lucas
Music Department
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Cogswell Hall, Room 103
422 South Eleventh Street
Indiana, PA 15705-1071
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News Editor

Brenda Luchsinger
Music Department
Alabama State University

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

Column Editors

James Naigus and Drew Phillips, The Creative Hornist and Technique Tips
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Ellie Jenkins, Cor Values Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它

Amy Thakurdas, Music, Health, and Science Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它

Matthew C. Haislip, Media Reviews
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The IHS Online

Website Manager: Dan Phillips
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Website Editor: Marilyn Bone Kloss
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HornZone Editor: Kyle Hayes
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Advertising Agent

Paul Austin
P.O. Box 6371
Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6371 USA
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Country Representatives

Country Representatives must be IHS members and it is preferred that they have passable English language skills. The IHS invites applications for open Country Representative positions. Country Representatives serve the IHS by communicating society activities to IHS members in their country, as well as sharing information about horn activities in their country with the society worldwide. Country Reps also assist in recruiting and welcoming new IHS members and in communication between members in their area.

We are especially interested in hearing from people in regions or countries where we have not had Reps before. If your country's position is vacant, please read the job description and consider filling out an application. (You must be logged in to your IHS member account to access the application)
For more information contact Vice-President Kristina Mascher-Turner at Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它

Regional Coordinators
Asia/Oceana Sindy Wan, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Europe Łukasz Łacny, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Latin America Fernando Chiappero, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
USA/Canada Elaine Braun, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它

 The most recent area and country representative annual reports can be folder downloaded here .

Country Representatives
Argentina Luis Ariel Martino, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Australia Ysolt Clark, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Austria Angelo Nuzzo, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Belgium Jeroen Billiet, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Bolivia Dario Lisperguer Soto, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Brazil Lucca Zambonini, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Canada Canadian Horn Society, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Colombia Jorge Mejia, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Costa Rica Juan Carlos Porros Castro, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Croatia Bruno Grosic, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Czech Republic Zdenek Divoký, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Denmark Frederik Rostrup Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Finland Jukka Harju, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
France Hervé Joulain, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Germany Christoph Ess Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Honduras David Abraham Andino Fuentes Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Hungary VACANT
Iceland Joseph Ognibene, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Ireland Jonathan Luxton, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Israel Aviram Freiberg Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Italy Angelo Bonaccorso, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Japan Mami Abe, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Kenya Sandra Daniel, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Malaysia Chee Ghee Sim, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Mexico Keith Eitzen, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
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Panama Joel Arias, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Poland Tadeusz Tomaszewski, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Portugal Ricardo Matosinhos, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Slovenia VACANT
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Spain Javier Bonet, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Thailand Daren Robbins, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
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U.S.A. Jennifer Sholtis, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它
Venezuela Joel Arias, Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它

IHS Honorary Members

The intent of Honorary Membership in the International Horn Society is to honor living hornists who have made a major contribution at the international level to the art of horn playing. This contribution must be one that will extend beyond the individual's lifetime and should exist in several areas, such as performance, teaching, research, or service to the IHS.

A nominating committee, consisting of past presidents and/or Advisory Council members, shall present to the Advisory Council a minimum of two candidates for this honor every year. Nominations may come from any IHS member. Supporting materials demonstrating why the candidate deserves this honor must be sent to the chair of the nominating committee. Final selection will be made by a two-thirds majority vote of the Advisory Council.

Honorary Members receive Life Membership in the IHS, a congratulatory letter, and a certificate.

The IHS Honorary Membership Nominating Committee invites any current IHS member in good standing to nominate deserving living hornists for the IHS's highest honor. Nominations must include a biography and description of why the nominee is deserving of this honor, based on the qualifications for Honorary Membership. Send nominations to IHS President Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它.

For thumbnail biographies of other selected, significant horn players who passed before the creation of the IHS see also Celebrated Horn Players of the Past.

Honorary Members

Service Medal of Honor Recipients

medalThis honor, instituted in 2011, is for individuals who have made a major contribution in service to the International Horn Society. Any IHS member can submit a nomination; nominations are considered at the next Advisory Council meetings.

IHS Service Medal of Honor Recipients

2011 Robert E. Marsh
2012 Nancy Jordan Fako
2013 Marilyn Bone Kloss
2014 Douglas Campbell
2015 Virginia Thompson

2016 Kristin Thelander
2017 William Scharnberg 
2018 Heidi Vogel
2019 Elaine Braun and Nancy Joy
2020 Jeffrey Snedeker

Punto Award Recipients

Individuals selected for the Punto Award shall have made a major contribution at the regional or national level to the art of horn playing. This contribution can be in any of a variety of areas, such as performance, teaching, research, or service to the IHS. The international workshop host or any Advisory Council member can nominate individuals for this honor, and selection will be by majority vote of the Advisory Council. Punto Award recipients receive a congratulatory letter and a certificate.

The award is named for Giovanni Punto (1746-1803).

IHS Punto Award Recipients (created 1985)

Advisory Council

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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, and


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 was Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) for 22 years, where he was awarded the Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011. 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.

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. Works composed for him include Good to Go for horn, oboe, and piano by Douglas Lowry (premiered at the 2008 IHS Symposium in Denver), Quartet for Horns by Randall E. Faust (in memory of Philip Farkas, recorded on the Summit Records CD Shared Reflections), Sonata for Horn and Violoncello by Marcel Farago, Four Random Movements for horn and piano by Larry Wheelock, and Valor for horn choir by Wayne Lu (dedicated to the CCM Esprit de Cor Horn Choir).

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.

An enthusiastic member of the International Horn Society, Gardner served on the IHS Advisory Council from 1999-2005 before his current term.

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.

Past Presidents of the IHS


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Presidents past and present together at IHS 48 in Ithaca. Standing, l to r: Randy Faust and Bill Scharnberg. Seated: Jeff Nelsen, Jeff Snedeker and Frank Lloyd.

Their dedication to and vision for the IHS has brought us to where we are today. Please note that the years of service below indicate the years that each President was presiding over international horn symposiums; each term actually started mid year the year before that indicated below (at the end of the workshop).


Barry Tuckwell 1971-1977, 1993-1994
Doug Hill 1978-1980
Paul Anderson 1981-1983
James Winter 1984-1985
Mason Jones 1986-1987
Randy Faust 1988-1990
William Scharnberg 1991-1992
Nancy Cochran 1995-1998
Frøydis Ree Wekre 1999-2000
Virginia Thompson 2001-2002
Johnny Pherigo 2003-2004
Frank Lloyd 2005-2006, 2011-2014
Jeffrey Snedeker 2007-2010, 2017-2018
Jeff Nelsen 2015-2016

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