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.
- Barbara Bright-Read: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Anson Carroll: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Isabel Carton: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Elizabeth Cooksey: BM, Studio Nelsen
- 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
- Alyssa Manske: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Olivia Martinez: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Chris Neiner: BM Composition, Studio Seraphinoff
- Cameron Page: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Lauren Patin: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Nicolas Perez: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Chris Poe: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Annie Steenson: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Sonia Villanueva: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Alexander Wahl: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Cameron Wray: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Burke Anderson: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Alyssa Cherson: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Eric Dumouchelle: MM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Collin Findlay: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Kristen Fowler: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Amanda Gomez: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Ben Harris: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Kurtis Henderson: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Breanne Jamieson: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Caitlin McKinney: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Orlando Medrano: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Kevin Miescke: DM, Studio Nelsen
- Steven Munson: MM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Marcus Redden: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Nathanael Udell: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Thomas Vienna: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Lacey Waggener: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Katherine Webb: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Nicholas Wills: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Drew Wright: PD, Studio Nelsen
Barbara Bright-Read an Indiana native, is diving into her sophomore year at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the pedagogy of Richard Seraphinoff. Previously, Barbara has had the joy of performing with the IMEA Honor Band, Indiana All-State Honor Band, Purdue Symphony Orchestra, Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra, various William Henry Harrison High School Bands, and the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony. During her time at Wm. H. Harrison High School Barbara enjoyed many unique privileges such as, but not limited to: participation in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble (both as a soloist and in collaboration with chamber groups), Jazz Studies, a variety of leadership roles within an array of bands, and being awarded the Gladys Wright Conductor’s Scholarship. By pursuing her bachelor of music performance with a minor in Spanish Barbara hopes to achieve a varied career with plenty of chamber, ensemble, solo, and studio playing—in conjunction with lots of traveling. When Barbara is not practicing she relishes the time she spends with close friends and family, working, frolicking outdoors, reading, cooking, and baking.
Anson Carroll is a senior from Holly Springs, NC and is a transfer student from the University of NorthCarolina 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, Winston Salem Symphony, NC Master Chorale, Raleigh Symphony, and Community Theater of Greensboro. He has taught private lessons to students the past three 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 last 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.
Elizabeth Cooksey: My musical career began at age 5, when my grandmother began teaching me piano lessons. At age 3 I started singing in my church choir programs, and chose to learn the French horn in fifth grade. I have studied privately for 6 years. I have been a member of the orchestra for five years. In 2012, I won the LYO Concerto Competition, and had the opportunity to perform Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3. I have had the opportunity to attend All-State Band and play principle horn in All-State Orchestra. I was also invited to perform as assistant principle horn in the Honors Orchestra of America 2014. I have participated in Idyllwild Summer Orchestra Programs for the summers of 2014 and 2015. My goal is to perform in a major orchestra. People always say to find a job you love. Playing with an orchestra brings fulfillment and enjoyment to my life.
Walter Everton is from Nashville Tennessee, and a 2nd year Horn BM major. Initially admitted to Jacobs as a Recording Arts Major, he wished to continue pursuing the performance aspect of music as well. After his freshman year he was admitted as a BM performance major in Horn in addition to continuing his initial program of study. Walter is currently a Junior in both his Recording Arts and Performance degree.
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 junior at Indiana University, pursuing the BM degree in Horn performance and a second degree in Classical Latin. Eleni studied horn for seven years under Janet Miller and currently receives instruction from Dale Clevenger. Eleni enjoys fencing, running, hiking, cooking, and knitting, but not concurrently.
Current senior in Rick Seraphinoff’s studio, Michael Harris hails from Indian Wells California. After starting study of the trumpet in fifth grade, he quickly picked up the horn where he began studies with Laura Griffiths-Brenes at the University of Redlands. Soon after he moved to The Colburn School where he studied with Dr. Annie Bosler and Dylan Hart. He is actively pursuing his dream of performing in symphonies, soundtracks, and chamber ensembles while at IU and plans to take this passion with him wherever he goes. He has a love for all things outdoors and can often be found rock climbing, backpacking, and camping.
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 Indiana University and is pursuing a degree in Music Education focusing in Instrumental-Band and General Music. Since coming to IU, Emily has performed with the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Summer Band, IU’s three Athletic Bands, Chamber Orchestra, International Vocal Ensemble, Brass Choir, the Singing Hoosiers, and various chamber and Adhoc recital groups. She has studied horn with Myron Bloom, Rick Seraphinoff, and Dale Clevenger and has also studied voice with Rachel Evans. As a teacher, Emily has taught music and dance all across the country. She has been involved with the Jamaica Field Service Project, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic, Indiana University's Young Winds Program, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp located in the heart of the redwoods (Cazadero, CA), and at Indiana University's Summer Music Clinic. 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, originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, is in her second year atJSoM continuing her horn studies with Professor Nelsen. She’s been humbled by her experiences thus far and is thrilled and grateful to be pursuing what she loves at IU. Aside from music, she enjoys bargain shopping, trying new foods, reading, and being outdoors!
Alyssa Manske, from Spring, Texas, is entering her first year at Jacobs School of Music and is excited to begin her studies with Professor Clevenger as she pursues a BM degree in Horn Performance. Alyssa graduated from Klein Oak High School where she was principal horn of the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra which performed at Midwest her senior year. Alyssa was an active member of the Houston Youth Symphony as well, participating in both the HYS Chamber Music program and Symphony Orchestra where she had the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony in a side-by-side concert. Alyssa was a member of the TMEA Region Band and Orchestra all four years, and was chosen as a TMEA All-State horn player her junior and senior years. Alyssa has performed in a variety of ensembles including the Spring-Cypress Presbyterian Church Brass Quintet and the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Alyssa is a recipient of the internationally-recognized John Philip Sousa award for excellence in musicianship. As a lover of classical music, Alyssa was also a member of the recognized Klein Oak High School Choir for four years. Alyssa also loves reading, writing, taking care of animals, and spending time in nature.
Olivia Martinez is a Freshman from Lowell in Northwest Indiana and will be studying Horn Performance and Business. She graduated from Culver Academies just outside Plymouth and was a four year varsity athlete in cross-country and track. Olivia enjoys serving her community and co-founded a program that visits and entertains senior citizens in nursing homes. She helped create an amaranth protein bar whose profits support the Education Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) in Fort Myers, Florida. Olivia is the oldest of five children and spends free time traveling and being outdoors with her family. She is thrilled to learn from Professor Seraphinoff and the rest of the IU music community!
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.
Cameron Page: Though I have been intrigued and enamored by music since birth, my journey into the world of music began in the second grade. It was then I began piano lessons with Donald Hageman, a student of a Matthay student. I entered the National Federation of Music piano contest in the first year of lessons, and continued to compete each year until high school. I continue to take lessons with him whenever possible. In the fifth grade, I began my brass-playing career with trumpet only because it was necessary in order to play horn. I picked up horn in sixth grade and taught myself until the end of my freshman year when I began lessons with Aaron Brant, the principal horn of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. My sophomore year of high school, I auditioned for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and performed with them for the rest of my high school experience. This same year was my first of three IU Summer Music Clinics. It was then that I knew I had to come here. Senior year, I performed with the Ohio All-State Honors Orchestra as assistant principal. In early 2015 I won the Wright State horn contest in the high school division, with the opportunity to perform the Franz Strauss horn concerto. It has been my dream to come to Jacobs for a long time, to get a degree in what I love most. I am forever grateful that my dream is becoming a reality.
In her third year at the Jacobs School of Music, Lauren Patin is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance with a minor in Music Theory, and is a student of Mr. Dale Clevenger. Her focus being Horn, Lauren also is professionally proficient in classical piano as well as natural horn. Additionally, Lauren is the full time horn for the Atomic Dog Brass Band, a contemporary ensemble that branches out into pop, funk and jazz music. At Indiana University, Ms. Patin has performed with the Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Band. In addition to these ensembles, Ms. Patin has also performed in various chamber ensembles including a woodwind quintet, horn quartet and the Indiana University Brass Choir.
Nicolas Perez is a sophomore 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 as a brass major in 2012 as well as the Boston University Tanglewood Institution in 2013. During his first year at IU, he has held positions in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. In his free time, he enjoys studying botany, baking, and traveling.
Chris Poe is a sophomore from Kingsport, Tennessee, where he 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. During the summer of 2015, Chris had the opportunity to attend Eastern Music Festival, where he studied with Joy Branagan (second horn of the National Symphony). The highlight of the festival for him was getting to play principal horn on Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony and playing off-stage horn on Mahler 2 with the Faculty Orchestra. In his free time, Chris loves to play golf and is an avid sports fan. He is very excited to continue his studies with Professor Jeff Nelsen during his sophomore year.
Annie Steenson is from Danville, New Hampshire and is a graduate of TimberlaneRegional High School. There, she was the principal horn of the TRHS Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She was also the drum major of the Marching Band and was a member of the Select Choir. She studied horn with Kristen Sienkiewicz and Lee Wadenpfuhl and studied voice with Susan Consoli Turner. Annie was a member of the NHMEA All-State Orchestra, Band, and Jazz Choir, and was the highest scoring hornist and soprano. She was also a recipient of the National School Choral Award. She is very excited to start her freshman year in the fall of 2015, and pursue a degree in Music Education while studying with Jeff Nelsen. Outside of music, Annie enjoys baking and running.
Sonia Villanueva, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is currently a senior working on her Bachelor’s degree in Horn performance. During her time at IU she has performed with many ensembles including the IU Philharmonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and numerous freelance gigs throughout the years. She has recently been appointed as the hornist for local artist The Good Shepherd Band. Sonia also performs on a wide collection of electronic pianos and synths for groups around the area. She enjoys traveling, yoga, and enjoys watching soccer (especially when a Houston Dash match is on #DashOn). Her recent travel adventures have taken her to Germany, Australia, and Peru where she interacted with the locals in the area of music and fun! View her latest adventures on her website at www.sonia-villanueva.com
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. This past summer, Alex had the privilege of performing across the country with the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps. 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 grew up 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. Cameron has also studied natural horn for about two years. In his spare time, Cameron loves to spend time with his friends and family - especially his wonderful fiancee, Alicia.
Alyssa Cherson is from the Long Island area of New York and has been playing the horn for 15 years. In May 2015, Alyssa received her Masters in Music Performance from IU, studying with Dale Clevenger. In the Fall of 2015, Alyssa will excitedly join Studio Nelsen to work towards a Performer’s Diploma. Alyssa obtained her Bachelor in Music Performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, studying with Kelly Drifmeyer. Alyssa has experience in both orchestral and band settings, and has also played in various gigs ranging from wedding music to pit orchestras. This coming fall, Alyssa will begin her job as a Graduate Supervisor for Residential Programs and Services in the Wright Quadrangle on campus. Outside of the horn and work, Alyssa enjoys baking, binge watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends.
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. This past summer, Eric served as Second Horn at Opera in the Ozarks. 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 second-year Master of Music student under the instruction of Jeff Nelsen. He graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma with his degree in Instrumental Music Education and taught 5th grade special education shortly thereafter. Collin has performed with the University of Oklahoma Wind Symphony, the Norman Philharmonic, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the University of Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, and the Columbus Philharmonic, to name a few. Collin currently plays horn in the IU-based wind quintet 3rd Street Winds and has worked as a freelance musician in the Oklahoma City and Houston metroplexes. 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.
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 a small town called Poquoson, Virginia, but she considers Richmond, Virginia her current home with her fiance. Kristen loves chamber music, and she has been a member of several chamber ensembles at Virginia Tech and Indiana University. 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 beliefs in the power of musical outreach in communities and schools and to her actions in arranging and performing outreach concerts in her communities. Kristen is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Horn Performance in Studio Nelsen. When not practicing and performing, Kristen enjoys drinking coffee and checking out local restaurants and breweries!
Amanda Gomez is completing her second year of a MM at the Jacobs School of Music, studying with Dale Clevenger, having recently acquired a Bachelors 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 Miami, Amanda also worked with Arts for Learning, a national non-profit organization, teaching both private lessons and group classes to underpriviledged children in the area. She also worked as a sectional couch with both the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. 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.
Kurtis Henderson is a first year Master of Music student in Mr. Clevenger’s studio, returning to Indiana University where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in French horn performance in 2007. His six and a half years of service in the US Navy Fleet Band Program included assignments in both Navy Band Southwest in San Diego, CA, and Navy Band Great Lakes in North Chicago, IL. While in the Navy, Kurtis had the privilege of performing in over 1,200 engagements, including retirement ceremonies, change-of-command ceremonies, Navy boot camp graduations, and televised public concerts and parades, most often performing in brass and woodwind quintets. His military service reached highest distinction when he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for intervening in the attempted murder of a child near his home. Kurtis is passionate about chamber music and orchestral performance, and is looking forward to the performing opportunities IU will afford.
Breanne Jamieson grew up in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. When she began playing horn in her school music program at the age of twelve she was quickly fascinated by the instrument. This May, Breanne graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Performance. While at UBC she studied under horn professors Richard Mingus and Benjamin Kinsman. As a horn player, Breanne was a member University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble throughout her degree. She has also performed with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Vancouver Brass Project and the Vancouver Oratorio Society. Breanne is passionate about music education and has volunteered with the Greater Vancouver Youth Music Association and the St. James Music Academy.This past summer Breanne was a member of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada as part of the Brott Music Festival. She is excited to be continuing her music education at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Caitlin Beth McKinney is entering her second year of graduate studies at Jacobs School of Music. She holds a B.M. in Music Performance and a B.A. in History with Honors from Texas Christian University. Caitlin performed in many ensembles while attending TCU, including the TCU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and various chamber ensembles, such as the Graduate Student Brass Quintet and the TCUnique Horn Quartet. Her primary teachers included Heather Test and Alton Adkins.
Orlando Medrano, native of Roma, TX, is a first year Master's student of Dale Clevenger, and is seeking a degree in Masters of Music in Horn. He is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University - Kingsville where he received a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Summa Cum Laude). While there, Orlando was principal of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, TAMUK Wind Symphony, and was a founding member of the TAMUK student woodwind quintet, Valledo Winds, who were featured emerging artists for the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. In 2013, Orlando won the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia concerto competition and had the opportunity to perform as featured soloist with the TAMUK Wind Symphony. His horn quartet, Javelina Horn Quartet, were winners of the 46th annual International Horn Symposium quartet competition in London. His teachers include Dr. Jennifer Ratchford-Sholtis, Philip Stanton, and Dena Laurel.
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 second year MM student studying modern horn and natural horn with Professor 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 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 playing his horn in church, teaching, going to Spokane Horn Club gatherings, and spending time in local middle school and high school band classrooms. Aside from music, he loves being outdoors, playing games, having conversations, learning new things, and spending time with his wonderful bride, Katie.
Apparently he also likes writing lists.
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 Orchestras, 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 was a horn apprentice at the National Music Festival for three summer seasons, where he recorded Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the Festival Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label in 2013. Marcus completed his MM in 2015 at IU and is currently pursuing a DM with Dale Clevenger. An active composer, Marcus has published two works with R.M. Williams Publishing, which received their international debuts this past year in Columbia and Brazil, respectively. In his free time, Marcus likes to hike, cook, and is a certified Reiki Master.
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.
Thomas Vienna is pursuing his Masters degree at Indiana University in the studio of Dale Clevenger. Raised in Northwest Indiana, Tom graduated from Valparaiso University for Horn in the Spring of 2015, studying under John Schreckengost. Before his enrollment at Indiana University, he played with a number of professional orchestras in Chicago and the surrounding area, such as the Wheaton Municipal Band. Tom was also involved in freelance work and teaches horn lessons. In the summer, he would attend camps and events such as the Madeline Island Music Camp for winds while working with Tod Bowermaster, the Philedelphia International Music Festival, the 2013 International Horn Symposium, and the 2015 International Horn Competition. Tom also applies his interest in Natural Horn in ensembles like the Chicago Arts Orchestra, and takes lessons with Richard Seraphinoff.
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.
Katherine Webb is a doctoral student studying with Dale Clevenger. She began her performance career in the Chicagoland area with the Wheaton Municipal Band, Salt Creek Sinfonietta, and Classical Symphony. Katherine earned her BM degree from Western Illinois University. Under the instruction of Randall Faust, she won state representative in the MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition. She completed her MM degree with a graduate assistantship at Baylor University. While studying with Jeffrey Powers, Katherine published her research and gained additional professional performance experience with the Abilene Philharmonic, Waco Symphony, and Brazos Valley Symphony. Katherine moved with her husband to southern California where she was contracted to perform in orchestras throughout the region and as a recording artist for PCPA. Katherine draws inspiration from successful businesses and engages in multidisciplinary research. She enjoys performing in a professional horn duo with her husband, practicing ballet, baking, hiking, and cuddling with her kitties.
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.
Drew Wright is Performer Diploma student studying with Jeffrey Nelsen at IU. Having grown up in Columbus, IN, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education at Butler University and his Master's degree in Horn Performance at IU. While at Butler, Drew played with the Butler Symphony and Ballet Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, and various chamber groups. With the Butler Wind Ensemble, he performed in the premier of the Wind Ensemble version of James Beckel's In the Mind's Eye for 5 horns and wind ensemble. Since coming to IU, Drew has performed with the IU Philharmonic Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, wind quintets, and the Cor 4 horn quartet. When not playing the horn, Drew enjoys baking, cooking, and spending time with friends.