2020 Advisory Council Candidates

As you review the nominees below, please consider the duties and responsibilities of the position. The Advisory Council (AC) is responsible for carrying out the aims and purposes of the Society, determines the policies and budget allocations for IHS programs, and elects additional AC members. AC members work via email, phone, and fax throughout the year and attend annual meetings at the international workshop.

The following individuals (listed alphabetically) have been nominated to serve a term on the IHS Advisory Council beginning after the 2020 international symposium. Vote for up to three nominees on the postcard found in the February, 2020 issue of The Horn Call (stamp required) OR by electronic ballot on this website. Votes submitted by any other means, including email, will not be accepted. Ballots (either card or electronic) must be received by April 15, 2020.


Gene Berger is the Associate Professor of Horn at Ball State University and member of the Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet and DaCamera Brass Quintet.  In addition to his teaching position, Gene is the Principal Horn with Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, where he has been a featured soloist, and a member of Traverse Symphony.   Prior to his appointment at Ball State University in 2010, Gene was a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra.  He can be heard on numerous recordings with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel and Grammy-winning recordings of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under conductor Paavo Järvi.  Gene has been an IHS Area Representative, has hosted regional horn workshops, and was the host of IHS 50.

Bruce Bonnell. A chamber music specialist critically acclaimed for his “unfailing beauty of tone” and “utmost sensitivity”, Dr. Bruce Bonnell has enjoyed a successful career as orchestral performer, soloist, clinician and pedagogue on the horn and natural horn throughout North America and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Dr. Bonnell has been professor of horn at Central Michigan University since 2000.  Former Second Horn in the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 1991-1994, and Principal Horn in the Malaysian Philharmonic from 1998-2000, presently Principal Horn with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. Solo and chamber music highlights include the finals of the 1989 Canadian Music Competition, the 1998 Fischoff Chamber Music competition and recitals throughout North America and Southeast Asia.  His teachers include William Costin, Kjellrun Hestekin, Michael Hatfield, Paul Tervelt, Richard Seraphinoff and Richard Bissill. 

Keith Eitzen has just completed his 35th year as second horn in the Symphony Orchestra of Xalapa Mexico. Raised in Kansas and Colorado, he has a Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Colorado and studied privately with Christopher Leuba. His orchestra has performed with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo and toured Europe, Brazil, and Guatemala.  Named horn professor at the University of Veracruz in 2001, Keith has had eight students win 18 professional auditions throughout Mexico, including Principal Horn in the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.  He performed two Mexican compositions at the IHS Symposium in Natal, Brazil, was an invited artist at the Brazilian Horn Society workshop in 2019 and will perform and teach at the International Horn Festival in Mexico City in 2020.  An IHS member since 1975, Keith is the Mexico representative for IHS and is coordinating a project to translate classic Horn Call articles into Spanish. 

Steve Flower studied the horn with Tony Halstead and at Trinity College of Music with Gordon Carr. After leaving Trinity in 1990 he worked as a freelance musician based in London, working throughout the UK and abroad, including a period with the Israel Symphony Orchestra in Tel Aviv. He continues to freelance whilst becoming more involved with Paxman Horns, where he was appointed Sales Manager in December 2007.

Susan McCullough has been honored to serve the Horn Society during several terms on the Advisory Council. She was Principal Horn with the Air Force Academy Band and spent 22 years with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra. Ms. McCullough has been featured as soloist and clinician of horn throughout the United States and in Japan, Costa Rica, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Susan can be heard on many CDs with The Denver Brass as well as a horn duet CD with her son, Jesse McCormick, 2nd Horn with The Cleveland Orchestra. A founding member of The Denver Brass, she also regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado and Broadway shows.  Ms. McCullough was Instructor of Horn at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music from 1996 to 2018. Susan hosted the 40th International Horn Symposium at Denver University in July of 2008.

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. 

Brent Shires is Associate Professor of Horn at University of Central Arkansas. He also teaches adjunct at Hendrix College and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the summer. He performs as Principal Horn in the Conway Symphony Orchestra and Third Horn in both the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of Pinnacle Brass, the resident quintet at UCA. He regularly performs with national touring shows in Little Rock and gives teaching and performance tours in Asia. Brent earned his B.M. in Education from State University of New York at Potsdam, M.M. in Horn Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University and D.M.A. at the University of Illinois. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the International Horn Competition of America, and as Regional Workshop Coordinator for the International Horn Society. Brent coordinates and directs the Arkansas Horn Club, a community group.

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 with piano, entitled “Universal”, as much as the first CD featuring improvisation on the Horn by a Brazilian player, entitled “Radegundis Tavares”. Radegundis hosted the first International Horn Symposium in Latin America – IHS49. Radegundis did his under-graduate and graduate courses in the Federal University of Paraiba and had as his Horn professor Cisneiro de Andrade. He has been premiering many works for Horn and has acted as a soloist playing traditional repertoire, virtuosic works and Brazilian popular music. 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”.

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Amendment #3: to Article VII X (renumber all other Articles appropriately) – Publications Editor

Section 1. The Publications Editor shall oversee the preparation, content and publication of all International Horn Society publications, including all print and electronic publications.  The Editor of The Horn Call, Journal of the International Horn Society,  The Publications Editor shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the elected members of the Advisory Council. At the discretion of the Council such editorial assistance as deemed necessary by the Editor may be appointed. The Editor shall have the sole responsibility for the preparation, content, publication, and mailing of The Horn Call.

Section 2. In executing the responsibility for publication of the Journal, the Editor shall procure approval of the Advisory Council on matters pertaining to the costs of publication and mailing. The Executive Director shall be responsible for the handling of such costs.

Section 3. The Editor, together with such assistant editors as are approved by the Advisory Council, shall be designated collectively as the Editorial Board of The Horn Call.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: The title of the position has changed, and the responsibilities now extend beyond just The Horn Call.

Amendment #6: to Article XI - Publications

Section 1. The official print publication of the Society shall be The Horn Call: Journal of the International Horn Society.

Section 4. A Directory of all Directory information of Society members, with their complete addresses, shall be made available to members published annually. Complete lists of all members with their contact information shall be archived annually.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: These changes reflect current realities – The Horn Call is not the only publication we have, but is the official PRINT publication, and the IHS Directory is now available online and updated more frequently, but is still archived on an annual basis.

Amendment #7: to Article XII - Horn Workshops/Symposia

Section 1. A horn workshop/symposium shall be held annually at a host institution. Invitations to sponsor a workshop/symposium shall be submitted in writing for approval by to the Advisory Council and shall include a detailed description of facilities available, a listing of costs to the general participants who might participate, and proposed dates.

Section 3. B. Featured Artists for the Symposium shall be approved by a Standing Committee. No financial negotiations or contracts for the purpose of defraying expenses of specific workshop Featured Artists shall be made before Committee approval of Featured Artist Roster. Financial support for artists, ensembles, and venues may be secured from outside sources as allowed by the contract between the International Horn Society and the host institution. Symposium Guidelines in place at the time the symposium is selected.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: These changes are editorial, to reflect current practices more accurately. The Annual Workshop/Symposium Requirements (formerly Symposium Guidelines) form the basis for any symposium contract.

Amendment #5: to Article X - Dues and Receipt of Gifts

Section 2. Dues are payable at any time of year; the Executive Director renews memberships upon receipt of dues oversees processing of memberships upon receipt of dues.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Processing of memberships now is the responsibility of the Membership Coordinator, but the Executive Director is still ultimately responsible for ensuring the payments are processed. The use of “oversight” also leaves room for changes in processing procedures in the future, if desired.

Amendment #4: to Article VIII - Meetings

Section 6. Necessary Advisory Council business may be conducted by mail or by telephone  any means which allows participation by the full council, when appropriate, in lieu of a formal meeting.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: We are no longer limited to mail and telephone as the means of communication.

Amendment #2: to Article VI – Advisory Council

Section 10. Generally, Mmembers of the Advisory Council and Officers of the Society shall hold office until the end of the international symposium in the final year of their term. In the rare circumstance that an international symposium is not held, members and officers shall hold office until 30 June or until a successor is duly elected and installed in office.

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: This change is proposed to reflect current practice.

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