All students below are current students studying horn at the Jacobs School of Music. If you would like to see a student's biography, please either click on their name or scroll down to the bottom of this page.
- Layne Anspach: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Barbara Bright-Read: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Anson Carroll: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Isabel Carton: BM, Studio Bloom
- Michael Digatano: BME, Studio Clevenger
- Andrew Emory: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Walter Everton: BM and BS Recording Arts, Studio Seraphinoff
- David Fenner: BSOF, Studio Nelsen
- Eleni Georgiadis: BM and BSOF, Studio Clevenger
- Michael Harris: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Paige Kibbler: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Emily Kinnunen: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Victoria Knudtson: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Dylan Marshall: BME, Studio Bloom
- Raleigh Mostov: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Chris Neiner: BM Composition, Studio Seraphinoff
- Charlotte O'Connor: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Lauren Patin: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Nicolas Perez: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Chris Poe: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Sara Sutton: BM, Studio Bloom
- Sonia Villanueva: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Alexander Wahl: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Cameron Wray: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Burke Anderson: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Emily Borra: MM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Alyssa Cherson: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Jason Chilson: PD, Studio Clevenger
- I-Ping Chiu: DM, Studio Bloom
- Michael Drennen: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Eric Dumouchelle: MM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Collin Findlay: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Sara Ford: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Kristen Fowler: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Amanda Gomez: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Ben Harris: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Mitchell McCrady: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Caitlin McKinney: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Kevin Miescke: DM, Studio Nelsen
- Steven Munson: MM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Marcus Redden: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Ashley Schmidt: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Adrienne Schroeder: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Nathanael Udell: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Lacey Waggener: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Alex Williams: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Nicholas Wills: MM, Studio Clevenger
Layne Anspach is from Elkhart, Indiana. He has been principal of the Elkhart Central High School Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra all four years of attendance. He has also been privileged to play in the Elkhart County Youth Honors Orchestra for five years. Layne was selected to perform with the Indiana All-State Band in 2009 and 2010, the Indiana All-State Honor Band in 2011 as Principal, and the Indiana All-State Orchestra in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Layne won the Elkhart County Symphony's Concerto Competition in which he performed the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto #1, Allegro. He has been critiqued by Bernhard Scully as a result of winning the 2011 Western Michigan University's Horn Day Solo Competition. Layne has received the John Phillip Sousa award from his high school twice. In his free time, Layne enjoys playing bass guitar and sports. Layne will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Horn Performance and is thrilled to be studying with Professor Seraphinoff.
Barbara Bright-Read is an incoming freshman from the small town of Battle Ground, Indiana where she lived with her devotedly loving parents, Kurk Bright and Margaret Read. Starting horn in the sixth grade Barbara went on to play in the Indiana All-State Band, Purdue Symphony Orchestra, Purdue Philharmonic, Wabash Valley Youth Symphony, IMEA Honor Band, and William Henry Harrison High School’s pit, jazz, pep, marching, and concert bands. For the past seven years she has studied horn with the lovely Andrew King, and is ecstatic to start this year with Richard Seraphinoff. When Barbara is not playing she enjoys reading, experimenting with coffee, visiting with friends and family, baking, but most of all eating.
Anson Carroll is from Holly Springs, NC and is a transfer student from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied with Dr. Abigail Pack. While at UNCG he played in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Opera for both years, while playing in various chamber ensembles. He has recorded with the UNCG Jazz Ensemble and with the Wind Ensemble on their premiered works by John Mackey, Steven Bryant, Joel Puckett, and Scott Lindroth. Outside of school Anson has performed with the Greensboro Symphony, NC Master Chorale, Raleigh Symphony, and Community Theater of Greensboro. He has taught private lessons to students the past two summers, and continues to study with Rachel Niketopoulos and Christopher Caudill of the North Carolina Symphony. In his free time he enjoys playing Frisbee, volleyball and soccer, practicing his Spanish, and reading. He is excited to be starting the third year of his horn performance degree with Richard Seraphinoff.
Isabel Carton is a Junior at IU who grew up in Rockville, Maryland and graduated with the class of 2012 from Walter Johnson High School. Throughout high school Isabel was principal horn of the WJ Symphonic Orchestra, participated in her school’s Wind Ensemble and Pit Orchestra, and was selected for both Maryland All-State Senior Band and All-State Senior Chorus. With her high school orchestra she played at the MENC All-Eastern Convention and competed in the National School Orchestra Championship at Lincoln Center. At IU she is double majoring in Horn Performance and Business, and is very excited to be continuing her horn studies with Professor Bloom. In her free time, Isabel enjoys traveling around the country a member of the Singing Hoosiers and Hooshir A Capella.
Michael Digatono is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Lincoln High School, where he was principal horn both of the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. While in high school, he also enjoyed playing mellophone in the highly regarded LHS Marching Band, chosen to be the lead band in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. Michael performed as principal horn with the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra, and assistant principal with the Dakota Academy for the Performing Arts. He was a member of South Dakota All-State Band for four years, principal horn his senior year, and All-State Orchestra for three years, principal the last two years. In addition, he was a member of two brass quintets and performed with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. Although Michael has studied horn for eight years, he studied violin for nine, and he continues to enjoy playing the violin, especially with his church worship team. He also enjoys biking, softball, and hanging out with friends. Michael will be majoring in music education and looks forward to the privilege of studying with Professor Myron Bloom.
Andrew Emory was raised in Bellevue Nebraska, home of Offutt Air Force Base. He is an alumni of Interlochen Center of the Arts Summer Camp where I was in the 2010 Summer Band program and the 2009 Horn Institute. He graduated from Bellevue West High School where he was in the Wind Ensemble, marching band, musical pit, musical cast member, and West High Singers. He also participated in the Lincoln Winter Winds Festival and was in various brass and woodwind quintets. Most importantly, he is now studying the horn with Myron Bloom at Indiana University's Jacob's School of Music. Alongside with his musical studies he is also pursing deeper knowledge in entrepreneurship and small business, transferring concepts and ideas from the practice room to to the business world.
Current sophomore at Indiana University, David Fenner is actively pursuing his dream to perform as a studio musician for movies, television, and various forms of multimedia. He originally is from Metamora, Illinois where he grew to love music and appreciate the sciences and all forms of art and self expression. He has a passion for creating quality coffee and currently works as a barista as Soma Coffee House in Bloomington Indiana. View his blog and website at www.davidfennercafe.com.
Eleni Georgiadis, who hails from Carmel, Indiana, is a sophomore at Indiana University, pursuing the BM degree in Horn performance and a second degree in Classical Latin. Eleni has studied horn for seven years under the wonderful tutelage of Janet Miller and is excited to continue her studies next year with Professor Clevenger. When she is not practicing, which is a tiny fraction of the time, Eleni enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and knitting, but not concurrently.
Paige Kibbler began playing Horn almost 10 years ago under the influence of her brother and mother. She currently attends the Jacobs School of Music as a music education major and the Vice President of IU’s NAFME chapter. Prior to her IU experience, she had the wonderful opportunity to play around the world with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, and the Illinois All-State Honors Ensembles. As a part of Jacobs, she has been member of the Marching Hundred, Symphonic Band, and the Brass Wait For It Trio. In her free time, she loves to knit/crochet and ballroom dance!
Emily Kinnunen, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a senior at IU and is pursuing a degree in Music Education with focuses in both Instrumental-Band and General Music. She attended Gateway Senior High School and performed as principal horn in the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Orchestra. In 2010 and 2011, Emily won the WYSO Concerto Competition and was a featured soloist with the River City Youth Brass Band. While in Pittsburgh, Emily has performed with the Musicians Concert Band, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, River City Brass, and the Pittsburgh Horn Club. Since coming to IU, Emily has performed with the Symphonic Band, IU’s three Athletic Bands, Chamber Orchestra, International Vocal Ensemble, Brass Choir, Concert Band, the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, and various chamber and Adhoc recital groups. She has also studied voice in addition to her horn studies at the Jacobs School of Music. Emily is also very involved in Music Education. She has spent her past two summers working as a counselor, horn instructor, and dance instructor at Cazadero Performing Arts Camp located Cazadero, California. She also has been involved with the Jamaica Field Service Project where she taught music in schools around the province of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Emily also has a private studio of horn students in Pittsburgh, PA. Besides music, Emily has also danced for the past 18 years and is now involved with the IU Tap Company and IU’s Ballroom Dance Competition Team. Outside of the performing arts, Emily is an avid cupcake baker, an extreme Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers Fan, a lover of all things to do with Disney, and enjoys playing with her puppy, Mickey!
Victoria Knudtson, born and raised in small-town Minnesota, is entering her first year at IUJSoM and is excited to be studying with Professor Nelsen. In high school, Victoria participated in Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Knitting Club, and was the president of the Student Council. In her school’s wind ensemble, she held the position of principle horn for four years and served as a drum major for the LMHS marching band her junior and senior years. She also had a blast participating in drum line, percussion ensembles, brass quintet, and jazz band. She was chosen as an All-State horn player her junior and senior years, and was invited to perform in the Outstanding Soloist Showcase at the 2013 IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Contest for her performance of R. Strauss’ Concerto No. 1 for Horn. Victoria was honored to be this year’s Featured Soloist at the Dorian Music Festival Concert at Luther College, and was a finalist for two years in the Schubert Club Competition held in St. Paul, MN. Aside from horn, Victoria has been an active pianist since the age of four, and won the Iowa Music Teacher’s Association (IMTA) Piano Competition in 2013. Victoria enjoys sushi, bargain shopping, traveling, boating, and spending time with her family and friends!
Dylan Marshall is currently a senior studying with Mr. Bloom, and is a BSOF student majoring in music performance with an outside field in business. In high school Dylan performed in the Rhode Island and Boston areas, playing in the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at New England Conservatory, directed by Benjamin Zander. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Dylan went to the Interlochen summer camp for the arts, playing in the World Youth Wind Ensemble in ’08, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in ’09. Dylan was also the recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Band award. During his senior year, Dylan is looking forward to continuing his studies with Mr. Bloom, playing in chamber groups, and enjoying the beautiful IU campus. In his free time, Dylan enjoys hanging out with friends, playing pool, watching the Patriots and the Bruins, and being outdoors.
Raleigh Mostov, originally from Dublin, Ohio, is a senior Music Education major in Studio Nelsen. She has been a part of numerous university ensembles including Philharmonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Choir, Marching Hundred, the Leave of Brass Quintet, Big Red Basketball Band, Chuck Crabb Soccer Band, and All Campus Band. Throughout her time at Indiana University, she has held positions as Member At Large of Kappa Kappa Psi, Secretary for NAfME, intern for Project Jumpstart, Undergraduate Staff and Social Media Coordinator for Marching Hundred, Jacobs Ambassador for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, and Co-Director and founder of the Virginia Woodwind Workshop. Her other passions include exercising with her family, writing, and cooking.
Chris Neiner is a performer and composer from the Greater Twin Cities of Minnesota. As a performer, Chris Neiner served as principal horn for the 2011 and 2012 Minnesota Music Educators All-State Symphonic Band and as principal for the 2012-2013 Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra. He studied under Ellen Dinwiddie Smith of the Minnesota Orchestra and performed the Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 with the Burnsville High School Concert Band in 2012. At Indiana University, he can be found performing the new music of his composer colleagues.
As a Composer, Chris Neiner has established a diverse catalog of compositions ranging from solo piano to full orchestra. His music has received performances by a variety of ensembles, including the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, the Copper Street Brass Quintet, and Minnesota Symphonic Winds. His recent awards include the James and Paula Nelson Young Composers Competition, and the Olga Klein Nelson Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, and an honorable mention from the National YoungArts Foundation. His commissions include the Cochran Chamber Commissioning Project, a Midwest consortium of fourteen high schools and four colleges.
He is pursuing bachelor of music degree in composition and horn performance at the Jacobs School of Music. He studies composition with Claude Baker and horn performance with Richard Seraphinoff.
Charlotte O’Connor is from Plano, Texas and is a senior this year, graduating in Spring 2015. This past year, she studied abroad in Vienna, Austria with third horn of the Vienna Philharmonic and State Opera, Wolfgang Vladar. Upon her return, she served as Principal horn in the Symphony orchestra at Jacobs in Spring 2014. She has received the nationally recognized John Phillip Sousa Award and Festival Disney Outstanding Concert Soloist Award, and was recently nominated for a Fulbright Grant by Indiana. Charlotte has attended summer programs at the Interlochen School of the Arts,Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Marrowstone Music Festival. She is honored to have been named a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar and be a member of Studio Nelson as she fearlessly pursues a Horn Performance major.
In her free time, Charlotte enjoys cupcakes, being an IES Abroad program ambassador, working out, and concerts - especially when they are shared with friends. View her website at www.charlotte-horn.com
Lauren Patin is an incoming freshman horn performance major in Studio Nelsen. Born and raised in Texas, Lauren served as principal horn for the Sherman High School Wind Ensemble her freshman year; however, in 2010 she moved to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois where she graduated from Normal Community West High School. While studying under Danielle Fisher, Lauren was the principal horn in the Normal West Wind Ensemble where she was a part of the world premier of Roy Magnuson's piece "...and we all go together" in 2011. In addition to playing in her school's wind ensemble, Lauren also performed in the Normal West chamber winds and participated in the Twin City Honor Band. When not playing horn, Lauren also enjoys swimming, playing piano, and hanging out with her friends and family.
Nicolas Perez is a freshman horn performance major this year from Atlanta, Georgia.He began the horn at the age of 12 and ever since then, he has been a devoted member to the music community all throughout Georgia. He has consistently made GMEA All State Band and Orchestra as well as having been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. He has also participated in the Georgia Governor Honors Program for brass in 2012 as well as the Boston University Tanglewood Institution in 2013. In his free time, he enjoys studying botany, cooking, and traveling.
Chris Poe is from Kingsport, Tennessee and attended Dobyns Bennett High School. He was a member of the Wind Ensemble for 4 years, playing Principal Horn from 2012-2014. Chris also played with the Dobyns Bennett Chamber Orchestra and the Brass Quintet. During his sophomore year, he marched with the Dobyns Bennett Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Away from school, Chris played with the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra for 4 years and was Principal Horn during the 2013-2014 season. He also had the privilege to play in the Tennessee All-State Band in 2013 and the Tennessee All-State Orchestra in 2014. Chris had the honor of playing with the United States Navy Band in the spring of 2014, which is one of the highlights of his time in high school. Chris has also attended Kendall Betts Horn Camp for 3 years. In his free time, Chris loves to play golf and is an avid sports fan. He is very excited to study with Professor Nelsen at IU and begin a new chapter in his life.
Sara Sutton is excited to begin her sophomore year at IU as a Horn Performance major. Since both of her parents and most of her extended family are from Indiana, she is happy to become a real Hoosier. She is a native of the small town Tipp City, Ohio where she attended Tippecanoe High School. She was a four year member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, in which she was principal for two years. In the Spring of 2009, Sara was a winner of the Dayton Public Radio Young Talent Search. She was a member of the 2009 OMEA All-State Band and principal of the 2010 OMEA All-State Orchestra. She loves to play in musicals and has participated in several pit orchestras through both her high school and Muse Machine of Dayton. Aside from horn, Sara is a self taught acoustic guitarist and has an eclectic taste in music. Just a few of her favorite artists include Ben Folds, The Decemberists, and Regina Spektor. She loves to analyze books and movies in depth and is a huge fan of Redbox as well as the independent movie theatre, The Neon, in Dayton, Ohio.
Sonia Villanueva, originally from Fort Worth, Texas, is a Junior at Indiana University studying horn performance with Professor Nelsen. She graduated from Keller Central High School, where she was principal of the Wind Ensemble and a member of the TMEA region/area ensembles. She was also an active member of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra where she performed a six-concert tour across Germany in the summer of 2012. Prior to studying horn, she studied piano for four years and continues to play for fun. Aside from music she enjoys travelling, spending time with friends, working out, and aspires to run a half marathon.
Alex Wahl is excited to continue his music education studies as part of Studio Nelsen this year. Although born in Norway, Alex grew up in League City, Texas, and began playing the horn at age 11. He graduated from Clear Creek High School in 2013, where he was principal horn of the Wind Ensemble, which was selected to perform at the 2013 Midwest Clinic/Convention in Chicago. Alex was a member of the TMEA All-State Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra as well as the Virtuosi of Houston youth orchestra. In 2011, Alex received a superior rating at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble competition. He looks forward to emphasizing performance while also focusing on his degree. In addition to his musical endeavors, Alex enjoys traveling, cycling, kayaking, hiking, and just spending time in the great outdoors.
Cameron Wray was born in Ventura, CA. He began playing the piano at the age of eight, but by high school, he knew that playing the horn was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Since coming to IU, Cameron has performed with many of the university's ensembles and was a part of Cardinal Stage's production of Les Miserables and BHSS's production of Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Cameron's quartet, Cor 4, won the International Horn Society's Quartet Competition at the 45th IHS Symposium in 2013. In his spare time, Cameron loves to spend time with his friends and family - especially his wonderful fiancee, Alicia.
Emily Borra is a second year Masters student in Studio Seraphinoff. She is dual degree seeking student for a Masters of Music in Horn and Masters of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She holds a Jacobs General Fellowship and a Graduate Assistantship as the Graduate Supervisor of Ashton Residence Center.
Emily grew up in Side Lake, a small town in northern Minnesota. In 2012, she graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Superior with a BM in horn performance. While there, she served as principal horn of the school’s Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Chamber Wind Ensemble. In 2012, she won the UWS Concerto Competition with the performance of Gliere’s Horn Concerto. Emily has worked for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Duluth Playhouse, and Renegade Theatre Company, in addition to maintaining her active freelancing schedule. In the summer, Emily regularly attends the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. Since coming to IU, she has performed with the University Orchestra, Concert Band, and Brass Choir.
Being interested in student development and leadership, Emily is excited to ignite a connection between Music and Higher Education. Apart from IU, Emily loves exploring the great outdoors and enjoying life.
Alyssa Cherson is from the Long Island area of New York and has been playing the horn for 14 years. In the Fall of 2014, Alyssa will begin her second year as a Masters student in performance in Dale Clevenger’s studio. Alyssa is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she studied with Kelly Drifmeyer. In the past, Alyssa has studied with Ann Ellsworth and Julia Pilant. She has done master classes with Julie Landsman, Phil Myers, and Gunther Schuller. Alyssa had the honor of being in the prestigious Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet, founded and funded by composer Arthur Frackenpohl. She has also been fortunate to be a member and principal of the Indiana University Wind Ensemble this past year. She has also been a section member in the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, Indiana University Brass Choir, Northern Symphonic Winds, and the Orchestra of Northern New York, upstate NY’s premiere ensemble. Outside of the horn, Alyssa enjoys obsessing over her extensive nailpolish collection, baking, and hanging out with friends.
I-Ping Chiu, a native of Taichung, Taiwan, is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University under the instruction of Myron Bloom and Richard Seraphinoff. She completed her MM at Indiana University and holds a BM from Taipei National University of the Arts studying with Szu-Yuan Chuang. I-Ping has performed with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. While at Indiana University, she was a semi-finalist in the International Horn Competition of America (2013) and performed the Gliere Horn Concerto with the IU Adhoc Symphony Orchestra. I-Ping has also attended many international music festivals such as the Kirishima International Music Festival in Kagoshima, Japan where she studied with Takato Saijo (Principal Horn of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra) and the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival in Shizuoka, Japan where she studied with Jeff Nelson (former Canadian Brass member and IU faculty). She has also studied with Takeshi Hidaka (former Principal Horn of NHK Symphony Orchestra) and Nagahisa Kasamatsu (former Principal Horn of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra).
Mike Drennan is from Buffalo, NY and graduated from Ithaca College in 2010. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Education, studying with Alex Shuhan. While at Ithaca, he performed as principal horn in the Wind Ensemble and the Chamber Orchestra, as well as the student brass quintet, Five Cents Sharp. Since graduating, Mike has had various teaching positions in Buffalo, NY and in Annapolis, MD. He has also performed with groups such as Opera Sacra, and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, both in Buffalo, NY.
Eric Dumouchelle, from Dublin, Ohio, is the Associate Instructor for the IU Horn Department, and is pursuing his MM studying with Professor Seraphinoff. Eric has been the Third Horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic since 2011. In the summer of 2011, Eric was a part of the National Music Festival in Floyd, VA, and the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, WA. In 2012, he was a member of the Interlochen Ensemble. Eric was a member of the Videnia Quintet, which was a quarterfinalist at the 2014 Fischoff Competition.
Outside of music, Eric enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with his closest friends.
Collin Findlay, born in Beaumont, Texas, is a first-year Master of Music student under the instruction of Jeff Nelsen. Collin graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma with his degree in Instrumental Music Education and taught 5th grade special education shortly thereafter. While studying under Dr. Eldon Matlick at the University of Oklahoma, Collin played principal horn in the University of Oklahoma Wind Symphony, played 2nd horn in the Norman Philharmonic, subbed in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, performed in the University of Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, and worked as a freelance musician in the Oklahoma City metroplex. Collin also composes in his spare time and feels right at home playing flute. He hopes to eventually bridge his loves of music and special education together.
Sara Ford, a native of Manhattan Beach, California, has been playing the French horn for 11 years. During this time, she has played with many groups in the Los Angeles area including the American Youth Symphony, Debut Orchestra, and several regional orchestras. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with Dr. Kristy Morrell. While there, she was a Renaissance and Presidential Scholar, a USC Helene, a member of the Order of Troy, and participated in several community service projects involving music, including the Harmony Project and Remedy through Music. At Indiana University, she is a Jacobs Scholar and a member of the Ossian Horn Quartet. She also attended the Chautauqua Music Festival in the summer of 2014. When not playing the horn, Sara enjoys Crossfit, watching USC football (FIGHT ON!), and traveling the world.
Kristen Fowler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education and her Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech in 2013 and 2014, respectively. She is from small town Poquoson, Virginia, but she got to experience life in the city in Portland, Oregon when her parents moved there for a few years during her time in undergrad. Kristen loves chamber music, and she has been a founding member of several chamber ensembles at Virginia Tech, including the Elemental Winds woodwind quintet and Horn Fourths horn quartet. She has performed as a fellow in the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, Bar Harbor Brass Week, and the Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival, and she has experienced great growth through other professional development opportunities such as Jeff Nelsen’s Fearless Performance Seminar, the Southeast Horn Workshop, and the Virginia Music Educators’ Association Conference. Aside from performing, Kristen is passionate about music education and spent her fifth year at Virginia Tech student teaching band and general music at a local middle school. These experiences have all contributed to her belief in the power of musical outreach in communities and schools. Kristen is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Horn Performance in Studio Nelsen.
Amanda Gomez is beginning an MM at the Jacobs School of Music, having recently acquired herBachelors of Music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While in Miami, Amanda played with both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in addition to various smaller chamber groups, including Cors d’Amore an all-female horn quartet. In the past 4 years, Amanda also worked with Arts for Learning, a national non-profit organization, teaching both private lessons and group classes to underpriviledged children in the Miami area. She also worked as a sectional couch with the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. For her playing ability she has been awarded both the Ann Kellog Award through Sigma Alpha Iota, and the University of Miami’s Dickinson Award. Ms. Gomez’s most influential teachers include Richard Todd, Andrew McAffee, and Kevin Reid.
Ben Harris a native of Seattle, WA, is currently a PD student under the instruction of Dale Clevenger. Ben completed his MM at Indiana University with Dale Clevenger and Jeff Nelsen and holds a BA from Seattle Pacific University. For the past two years, Ben has played extra horn with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for their production of the Nutcracker. Ben was principal horn of the Thalia Symphony from 2009-2011 and played principal in the SPU Wind Symphony for four years. During his time at IU, Ben was a member of the Dirty Slurs horn quartet and the Funky Textures brass quintet. Previous teachers include Jeff Fair (principal horn, Seattle Symphony) and Rodger Burnett (principal horn, Pacific Northwest Ballet). When Ben is not playing the horn, he is acquiring and adding to his extensive knowledge of beer and wine. Other interests include soccer (Seattle Sounders), basketball, and coffee.
Mitchell McCrady is a second year MM student at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. There, he studies horn with Jeff Nelsen as a member of Studio Nelsen. Mitchell has also been privileged to receive coaching from former Chicago Symphony principal hornist, Dale Clevenger. He is a member of the Ossian Horn Quartet founded in 2013 and recently performed with the group in a masterclass presented by the American Horn Quartet. Mitchell is a native of rural Ohio and studied horn with Dr. Richard Chenoweth at the University of Dayton during his undergraduate degree. Mitchell will graduate from IU in May 2015, and his future goals include winning a horn position with a well-known symphony or orchestra.
Kevin Miescke joined the Jacobs School of Music in in 2012 to pursue of a Doctor of Music degree in horn performance. Kevin, along with three other members from Studio Nelsen, belongs to the Indiana-based horn quartet Cor 4. This ensemble was awarded first place at the International Horn Society Quartet Competition in Memphis, TN in the summer of 2013. Kevin is also studying natural horn at Indiana University with Richard Seraphinoff, and is a founding member of the Austin Baroque Orchestra. He performs with this ensemble on Baroque and Classical horns several concerts each year, including a performance of a Vivaldi double horn concerto in August of 2014. Kevin is very passionate about teaching and maintains a small, but active horn studio of local students.
Before his time in Bloomington, IN Kevin completed a Master of Music degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. In between trips to local Bar-B-Q restaurants, Kevin was awarded the second horn position with the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, and subbed with nearby orchestras such as the San Antonio Symphony and the Brazos Valley Symphony.
For Kevin, home will always be Lake Tahoe, CA in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He feels extremely lucky to have grown up in such an amazing place that instilled in him a love for the outdoors that continues today with hiking, biking, running, fishing, skiing, camping, and a general love of being outside!
Steven Munson, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is a first year MM candidate under the instruction of Richard Seraphinoff. Prior to coming to Indiana, he earned his BA in Music at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, studying with Jennifer Scriggins-Brummett. He had the joy of performing with many of Whitworth’s music ensembles, including its symphony orchestra, wind symphony, chamber winds, brass quintet, Whitworth Choir, and a jazz combo. In the Inland Northwest, he performed with the Spokane Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Spokane Brass Quintet, Opera Coeur d’Alene, and Allegro: Baroque and Beyond. He also enjoyed teaching horn privately, going to Spokane Horn Club meetings, and spending time in local middle school and high school band classrooms. He anticipes that his passion to share the wonderful gift of music with others will grow as he studies at IU.
Marcus Redden, originally from Winchester, VA, completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Horn performance at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA, where he studied with Dr. Patrick Smith. While at VCU, Marcus was an active freelancer performing with Opera on the James and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, played five seasons at Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, VA, and can be heard on the albums of Nashville, TN native, Natalie Prass, and Richmond local, Bryce McCormick. Marcus also recently recorded Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with the National Music Festival Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label. As a VCU student, Marcus traveled with school ensembles to give performances at various conferences including those sponsored by the Virginia Music Educators Association, the American Bandmasters Association, and the International Horn Society. Outside of performing, Marcus has published two compositions with R.M. Williams Publishing, and taught horn and saxophone lessons to young students at The Music Academy at Salisbury Presbyterian Church. Marcus will begin his Masters degree in Horn performance at Indiana this fall, studying with Dale Clevenger. In his free time, Marcus likes to hike the Blue Ridge Mountains, cook, paint, and is a Reiki Master.
Ashley Schmidt is a second year masters student at Indiana University studying with Mr. Dale Clevenger. Born and raised in Southern California, she completed her bachelors degree at the University of Redlands, studying with Laura Brenes. Additionally, Ashley has studied with Dr. Annie Bosler, Franz Söllner, Jeff Nelsen, and Richard Seraphinoff for natural horn. She has performed in numerous ensembles under the batons of Maestros Jon Robertson, Maxim Eshkenazy, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Joseph Rescigno, Andrea Quinn, and in masterclass for Andrew Bain, Luca Benucci, Roger Kaza, and Jeff Nelsen. In her free time, Ashley loves to read science fiction novels, swim, and trying new, tasty food and coffee.
Adrienne Schroeder is currently a Master of Music student in Dale Clevenger's studio. She is from Kalamazoo, MI and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University with Bruce Bonnell. Adrienne has attended and performed at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Jeff Nelsen's Fearless Performance Seminar, the International Women's Brass Conference, and the Michigan Music Conference. Other than playing horn, Adrienne enjoys running, swimming, and quality time with friends and family.
Nathanael Udell, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in horn performance at Indiana University under the tutelage of Dale Clevenger. Nathanael received his Bachelors from The Juilliard School studying with former American Brass Quintet member, David Wakefield, and he received his Master’s degree from Rice University studying with the principal horn of the Houston Symphony, William VerMeulen. Nathanael has performed under many renowned conductors including Alan Gilbert, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, Matthias Pintcher, John Adams, and Ton Koopman. He held the principal horn position of the award-winning New York Youth Symphony under the baton of Ryan McAdams and has also appeared with the Rockland Symphony, the American Ballet Theatre, the Mendelssohn Hungarian Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphonie, on Broadway for Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” as well as the Mimesis Ensemble to name a few. Aside from playing modern horn, Nathanael also studied Natural Horn with R.J. Kelley and is a member of Houston’s Mercury Baroque Orchestra. Aside from orchestral playing, Nathanael is also an avid Chamber Musician. He was a member of The Quo Vadis brass quintet, which has premiered works by rising composers Stefan Cwik and Simon Frisch. Quo Vadis was selected as the fellowship brass quintet for the 2012 Aspen Music Festival. In his rare free time, Nathanael likes to read, sleep, and brew delicious beer.
Lacey Waggener is a native Californian who did her undergraduate work in the San Francisco Bay Area's Cal State Hayward where she studied with Douglas Hull. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in horn performance at IU, studying with Jeff Nelsen.
Alex Williams is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where she studied with Dr. Mary Burroughs. During her time at East Carolina, she had the opportunity to play principal in both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as well as participate in various chamber ensembles. Alex is excited to attend Indiana University this fall to begin her Master of Music in Horn Performance with Mr. Dale Clevenger.
Nicholas Wills is currently a first year Masters student in Dale Clevenger's studio at Indiana University. A native of Kansas City, he grew up in Iowa and received a BA in Music Performance from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Nick has been playing the horn for twelve years and in that time has studied with Bruce Atwell, Guinevere and Eric McIntyre, and Yu-Ting Su. He was the principal horn of the UNI Wind Symphony (2012-2014) and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra (2011-2014) and was selected as the winner of the UNI Wind Symphony Concerto Competition in 2013. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, cooking, reading, and watching movies.