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

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Phone: 419-279-5768

Elaine Braun, Membership Coordinator

Elaine Braun, Membership Coordinator

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

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

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Phone: 615-837-5836

Area Representative Job Description (USA)

(revised and approved by IHS Advisory Council, September, 2009)

The positions of Regional Coordinator and Area Representative were created by the IHS to facilitate recruitment of new members and communication among current and potential members in defined areas. Generally, Regional Coordinators have larger service areas and slightly different roles in recruiting and supporting IHS members. Area Representatives serve smaller areas within regions, and are supported by and report to Regional Coordinators.

Area Representatives provide information and resources about the IHS, its activities, and other horn-related events to IHS members and other interested people in their regions. They should be proactive in promoting musical education as it relates to the horn (according to the IHS By-laws). They should aid the IHS by generating enthusiasm and camaraderie among horn players in their regions, with the aim of recruiting new members and retaining existing members.  Area Representatives must maintain their IHS membership and be proactive in informing Regional Coordinators when they change mailing/email addresses.


  • Facilitate active communication among IHS members and other interested parties in their area. This may be accomplished in many ways, including publishing (or recruiting volunteers to publish) area newsletters. It is expected that a minimum of two newsletters or general communication be published per year, and at least one, to be distributed by email or regular mail. Copies of newsletters or other communications should always be copied to the appropriate Regional Coordinator.
  • Submit an annual report to the Regional Coordinator with a summary of activities and expenses, as outlined in this job description, over the past calendar year. Recommendations to the Advisory Council for any relevant actions for improvement may also be included. Deadlines regarding these reports will be communicated to Area Representatives by the Regional Coordinator and are usually fixed by the need to include Area activity reports in the Coordinator’s Report to the Advisory Council which meets at the annual International Horn Symposium each summer.

Suggested activities for Area Representatives to encourage member participation:

  • Maintain (or recruit a volunteer to maintain) a website of current events in the area and other useful information, linking this to and from the IHS website and other relevant sites such as Facebook.
  • Host, help organize, or support local and regional workshops, horn choirs, holiday performances, and other horn-related events.
  • Involve volunteers and students.
  • Encourage members and others to attend IHS events.
  • Encourage students to participate in the IHS contests and scholarship programs.
  • Share news from the area with the Coordinator and The Horn Call News Editor.
  • Request updated membership lists from the Executive Secretary and follow up with those who have let their membership lapse. Provide a summary of feedback received from lapsed members in the Area Representative’s annual report to the coordinator (while respecting the anonymity of the lapsed member).

Communications from Regional Coordinators:

Once confirmed in the role, Area Representatives should receive from the Coordinator:

  • A copy of the IHS Executive Secretary's explanation of how to submit Expense Reports and the expenses that can be reimbursed.
  • A list of the Area Representatives in the country (US and Canada) or region (Europe and Asia).
  • Information regarding relevant IHS concerns, actions, and events.
  • Directions on how to access member information from the IHS website.

Review of Area Representatives:

Regional Coordinators review the Area Representatives' annual reports. If Area Representatives do not meet their responsibilities, the Coordinator can offer suggestions. If problems continue, Area Representatives can be put on notice that they may be asked to step down. If, after being put on notice, the level of effort and activity does not improve, the Coordinator may ask Area Representatives to resign.

Apply to become an Area Representative

Become an IHS Area Representative

You can help the IHS by becoming an IHS Area Representative.

The IHS invites applications for open Area Representative positions. Area Representatives serve the IHS by communicating society activities to IHS members in their state, province, or country, as well as sharing information about horn activities in their areas with the society worldwide.  Area Reps also assist in recruiting and welcoming new IHS members and in communication between members in their area.

USA members, these are the current vacancies:

New Hampshire

If you live in one of these areas please read the job description and consider filling out an application, either online (you must be logged in to your member account to access this link) or by downloading and mailing the printed form linked below.

Members from outside the USA

Non-USA members, check here to find out if your country has an Area Representative. 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.

Administrative Staff

Executive Director

Julia Burtscher
PO Box 5486
Toledo, OH 43613

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Phone: 419-279-5768

Membership Coordinator

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

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Phone: 615-837-5836

IHS Officers


Andrew Pelletier
1058 Moore Musical Arts Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403 USA

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Kristina Mascher-Turner
43, rue Arthur Herchen
L-1727 Luxembourg

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Annie Bosler
University of California, Irvine
c/o Claire Trevor School of the Arts
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

Email: Annie Bosler
Phone: 213.200.0144

Executive Director

Julia Burtscher
PO Box 5486
Toledo, OH 43613

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Phone: 419-279-5768

Membership Coordinator

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

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Phone: 615-837-5836


Advisory Council

According to the IHS Bylaws, the Advisory Council (AC) is "responsible for carrying out the aims and purposes of the Society and for determining Society policy." It has "ultimate and final charge in management of Society affairs." Most of the members (nine of fifteen) of the AC are nominated and elected by the members of the IHS and, therefore, represent their interests.

The AC determines (through discussion and vote) the policies and budget allocations for IHS programs such as the Composition Contest, the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program, the large IHS commissions, scholarships, workshops, archives, and honorary memberships and other awards. AC members work in sub-committees, prepare for the annual meetings by studying the agenda book, and attend the annual meetings, which start immediately before the annual workshop and continue throughout the entire week.

AC members also nominate and vote for the rest of the AC members not elected by the IHS members (six of fifteen), the AC officers, and any vacancies in unexpired terms. Lastly, AC members must respond to queries, calls for action, and votes throughout the year between workshops.

2018-19 Advisory Council members are:

Annie Bosler, (Secretary-Treasurer), University of California, Irvine
Nobuaki Fukukawa, NHK Symphony, Tokyo
Patrick Hughes, University of Texas Austin
Louis-Philippe Marsolais, University of Montreal, Pentaèdre Wind Quintet - Montreal, Canada
Kristina Mascher, (Vice-President) American Horn Quartet
Susan McCullough, University of Denver
Andrew Pelletier, (President) Bowling Green State University
Justin Sharp, Essen, Germany
Jeff Snedeker, Central Washington University
Michelle Stebleton, Florida State University
Radegundis Tavares, Federal University of Rio Grande de Norte, Brazil
Amy Thakurdas, Secretary of the British Horn Society and musical director of the Oxford Horn Choir
Lydia Van Dreel, University of Oregon
William VerMeulen, Houston Symphony, Rice University
Geoffrey Winter,
Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn

All current and former members of the IHS Advisory Council.

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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