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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.

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Barbara Bright-Read an Indiana native, is diving into her senior 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.

bebright@umail.iu.edu 

Lisa Cary is a freshmen student from Columbus, Ohio pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance and Music Education. She hopes to pursue her passion for teaching as well as performing. Throughout high school, she greatly enjoyed being a part of the OMEA All State Band, NAfME All National Band, and Interlochen Horn Institute. In the past few years she has been involved in many different ensembles in which she has grown to love teaching music. As a drum major in the Thomas Worthington High School Marching Band, Lisa greatly enjoyed leading and mentoring her fellow band members. She also served as president for the NAfME Modern Music Masters Honors Society chapter in her high school. Lisa also became a member of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, and performed in Carnegie Hall with this group. Apart from her participation in high school ensembles, she has also greatly enjoyed teaching horn privately. Music has played a large role in her life and she hopes to share her love for music with her future students. Outside of her musical studies, she enjoys reading, baking, running, and hanging out with friends. Throughout middle and high school Lisa studied with Barbara Nokes, Columbus area teacher, and is very much anticipating continuing her studies with Jeff Nelsen.

lcary@umail.iu.edu

Elizabeth Cooksey was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently a junior working on her horn performance degree under the study of Richard Seraphinoff. She began her musical career at age five, when her grandmother began giving her piano lessons. Elizabeth began the horn 10 years ago, and has been in love ever since. She was a member of the Louisville Youth Orchestra for five years, and in 2012 won the LYO Concerto Competition for her orchestra. She was a member of All-State Band and Orchestra throughout her high school career. Elizabeth attended the Honors Orchestra of America in 2014 and 2015, as well as the Idyllwild Summer Orchestra Program in the summers of 2014 and 2015. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys painting, writing, and dancing with friends. She is excited to make her dream of playing in an orchestra become a reality.

http://lizzieforte9.wix.com/elizabethcooksey?fb_ref=Default

emcookse@iu.edu

Karli Farrell, from Mason, Ohio, is an upcoming freshman at Indiana University. Karli graduated from William Mason High School, where she was a member of the marching band and was principal horn in the Wind Symphony, which attended the Midwest Band Clinic in 2016. Karli was chosen to participate in Ohio’s All State Orchestra her junior and senior years, and she also participated in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra from sophomore year through senior year. Karli is studying finance in the Kelley School of Business as well as French horn performance in the Jacobs School of Music, where she will be studying horn with Professor Clevenger. Outside of her academics and musicality, Karli enjoys reading realistic fiction novels and hiking. She is very excited to learn from Professor Clevenger and the other horn students and faculty here at IU!

farrelka@iu.edu

Robert Fox, a native Floridian (but Chicagoan at heart), is in his first year of studies in with Professor Nelsen. He is thrilled with the opportunity to study with and under the many greats at the Jacobs School. Outside of music, he enjoys the outdoors, moonlighting as a chef, and playing with his cat, Alfie.

robcfox@iu.edu

Elliott Fus is a freshman studying Music Education from Munster, Indiana and is a graduate from Munster High School. While at Munster, he was involved in ISSMA State Finalist Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, and theatre. He was principal horn in band and orchestra for 4 years, as well as drum major in marching band his senior year. Elliott has played with the Indiana All State Band for 4 years, his last 2 years making the honor band. He also has had the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Elliott enjoys traveling abroad, spending time with his family, and playing with his 2 golden retrievers on Lake Michigan. He is beyond excited to start his musical journey at the Jacobs School of Music! 

efus@iu.edu

Growing up in Libertyville, Illinois, Nathan Goldin began playing the horn at age 9. After an unusual obsession with France from a very young age, he chose the instrument under the false impression that it was indeed French. After countless lessons and involvement in the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, he realized that he could not imagine pursuing anything else. Nathan is an avid participant in chamber music, having participated in the prestigious Fischoff competition, as well as winning the Discover competition. He has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Eastern Music Festival. Aside from music, Nathan enjoys vintage film, design, and "The Golden Girls."

ngoldin@iu.edu

Victoria Knudtson is in her fourth year under the great tutelage of Jeff Nelsen.  Thanks to the horn department at the Jacobs School of Music, she also benefits from the occasional pedagogy of Dale Clevenger and studies early music performance on the natural horn with Richard Seraphinoff.  Additionally, she was taught by Wolfgang Vladar of the Vienna Philharmonic while she studied abroad in Vienna, Austria during the fall 2016 semester.  Knudtson currently holds the position of Principal horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.  Previously, Knudtson won the IU Concerto Competition in her sophomore year for her performance of R. Strauss' 1st Horn Concerto, and was rewarded with a performance with orchestra under the direction of Daniel Boico.  Some of her favorite IU musical experiences include performing Mahler's 6th Symphony with the Philharmonic Orchestra under Giancarlo Guerrero, recording the Brahms horn trio in the summer of 2017, and performing the Poulenc Sextet, for which she studied under the renowned pianist, Emile Naumoff, and esteemed flutist, Thomas Robertello.  In addition to her endeavors as a hornist, Victoria also works as a hostess at Finch's Brasserie on Kirkwood, and enjoys keeping plants, practicing yoga, and spending time in nature. 

vknudtso@indiana.edu

Emma Lumsden, from Murrieta, California, is going into her first year at the Jacobs School of Music where she will be pursuing a Bachelors of Science in an Outside Field in Environmental Science and Horn Performance. She began her music career at the age of 5 when she starting taking piano lessons and chose to begin playing French horn in 5th grade. She graduated from Vista Murrieta High School as the principal French horn in Wind Ensemble 1 for all 4 years. In high school she was a part of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to play at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. She was also a member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. She participated in various honor bands throughout the state of California, including the SCSBOA All-Southern Honor Band and the CBDA All-State honor band. In her free time, Emma enjoys cooking, hanging out with her friends and family, and spending time with animals. She is excited to begin her studies with Jeff Nelsen.

elumsden@iu.edu

Alyssa Manske, from Spring, Texas, is entering her third year at Jacobs School of Music and is excited to continue 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.

asmanske@indiana.edu

Olivia Martinez is a junior from Lowell in Northwest Indiana who studies Horn Performance and minors in Marketing. She graduated from Culver Academies and enjoys serving the Bloomington community with Classical Connections, a student organization that performs at nursing homes, homeless shelters, and Collaborating for Kids. She is also involved in Toastmasters, a public speaking organization on-campus. Olivia is one of five siblings and is passionate about traveling, running, and being outdoors. She always enjoys a good pun. She is thrilled to continue learning from Professor Seraphinoff and the rest of the IU music community!

ojmartin@iu.edu

Jenna Montes is a freshman from Mason, Ohio and is a graduate of William Mason High School. During high school, Jenna played in the Wind Symphony, which performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2016. Jenna has also played in other honor groups such as District 13 Honor Band, Ohio All-State Orchestra, and the Honor Band of America. Throughout high school she participated in Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, Spanish National Honor Society, and Student Government. As a member of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, Jenna was able to perform in the Australian International Music Festival in the Sydney Opera House. In addition to concert band, Jenna was a 4-year member of the Mason Marching Band, which performed in the 2016 Rose Parade and has reached 3rd place at Grand National BOA Championships. Aside from playing horn, Jenna loves to write, sing, play with her cat, travel the world, and dedicate her summer to working for the iBelieve Foundation as a camp counselor.

jlmontes@iu.edu

Detrich Morrison-Jones is originally from New Hill, North Carolina.  He is currently a freshman Music Education major.  He began playing the trumpet at the age of 11, and switched to horn at the age of 13.  Switching to play horn was the best decision he could have made musically.  He has had the honor of being chosen for multiple ensembles such as the North Carolina Bandmasters Association All District and All State Honors Bands, the Eastern Regional Orchestra, and others.  From a very young age, Detrich has enjoyed singing as well.  Although he listens to all genres of music, Gospel music has been the most influential.  He has sung in a choir or chorus since the age of 10, including his church, middle and high school, and a family singing group.  There is no doubt music is his life and music is his passion.

Some of his other interests include public speaking, politics, and art.  Detrich has participated in the James F. Wertz/Mildred Goode District and State level oratorical competitions for the past 4 years.  This year Detrich placed 3rd when he represented the state of North Carolina at the National Baptist Convention Oratorical Contest in St. Louis, MO.  

demorr@iu.edu

Grant Parker is a senior at Indiana University studying French Horn Performance. He primarily studies with Dale Clevenger, and has also studied with Jeff Nelsen and Richard Seraphinoff. Grant is a transfer student from the University of Kansas, where he studied both Computer Engineering and Horn Performance before deciding to exclusively pursue his passion at IU. He has immensely enjoyed his experiences at the Jacobs School of Music, and is excited for the learning that lies ahead. In his free time, Grant likes to spend time with friends, go outside, or try his hand at baking.

graparke@indiana.edu

Nicolas Perez is a senior 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 years at IU, he has held positions in the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble. He has also spent the fall semester of 2016 studying in Vienna through the IES program. During the summer of 2017, he was a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute. In his free time, he enjoys studying botany, baking, and traveling.

nicopere@indiana.edu

Chris Poe is a senior 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. In his first two years at IU, Chris has played with the IU Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Orchestra and the University Orchestra. Away from music, Chris is very involved with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at IU and enjoys hanging out with friends and watching sports. Chris is excited to continue his studies with Jeff Nelsen.

cdpoe@indiana.edu

Joel Rodeback is a sophomore at Indiana University, where he studies with Dale Clevenger. Joel is from American Fork, Utah, where he graduated from American Fork High School and studied with Sonja Reynolds and Brian Blanchard. While in high school, Joel played for four years in the award-winning American Fork High School Marching Band, which appeared in the 2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships and the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and he was featured as a soloist with the American Fork High School Wind Symphony and the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band. He is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Band Award. He also played with the award-winning American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic and Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras. Joel is a three-time member of the Utah All-State ensembles, and in 2016 was the Principal Horn of the Utah All-State Orchestra. He has received private instruction from members of reputable ensembles such as the Utah Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Mnozil Brass. Outside the horn, Joel enjoys hiking and learning about history.

jrodebac@indiana.edu

Adam Ruble is a sophomore from Columbus, Indiana and a graduate of Columbus North High School. While at Columbus North, he was the principal horn of the wind ensemble and orchestra and was the president of the jazz choir. He has performed as a member of the INASTA All-State Orchestra, the IBA All-State Honor Band, and Music for All's Honor Band of America, and was honored as a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Band Award. Adam is thrilled to continue his studies this year as a member of Studio Nelsen. He is pursuing a degree in music education with hopes of eventually becoming a high school band director. In his free time, Adam plays as a member of the IU Marching Hundred, Crabb Band, and Big Red Basketball band. He also enjoys keeping up with drum corps, trying new foods, and spending time with friends.

ajruble@umail.iu.edu

Reed Ulery is a freshman music education major from Pittsburgh, PA and is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School. Reed began studying classical piano at age 8 and began studying horn as a member of his sixth grade band in Nashville, TN. While in high school, Reed was the principal horn for the Mt. Lebanon High School Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. He was a featured senior soloist in the 2016 Mt. Lebanon String Festival. Reed has also participated in several PMEA band, orchestra, and choir festivals, most recently as the principal first horn for the 2017 PMEA All-State Wind Ensemble. Reed was the drum major of his high school marching band for two years, and he held the role of student director of the chamber choir for his junior and senior years of high school as well. Outside of horn, Reed enjoys choir, Broadway musicals, swimming, and psychology. Reed looks forward to his studies here at IU as a part of Studio Nelsen and one day hopes to direct a collegiate band or choral program. Until then, you can see Reed on the Hoosier football field as a member of the Marching Hundred!

hulery@iu.edu



 

Graduate Biographies

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Layne Anspach, originally from Elkhart, Indiana, is a first-year doctoral student under the teaching of Richard Seraphinoff.  He is honored to be the Associate Instructor for the horn studio at IU.  Layne completed a BM in Horn Performance with a minor in composition from Indiana University and a MM in Horn Performance from The Ohio State University.  He has previously studied under Dr. Lin Foulk, Richard Seraphinoff, Franz Söllner, and Bruce Henniss.  When not focusing on music, Layne enjoys traveling, following sports, and spending time with his wife, Daisy.

laanspac@indiana.edu

Annie Chapman, from Bentley, Michigan, is a second year Master’s student studying with Professor Seraphinoff. Since her time at Indiana University, she has also been focusing on natural horn techniques to use in daily routines, and future educational opportunities. Annie participates in a variety of IU large ensembles, the IU Brass Choir, and a woodwind quintet, Quintessence. She has played in several professional and community orchestras including the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and the East Shore Wind Symphony. Prior to studying at Jacobs School of Music, she was a student of Dr. Bruce Bonnell, and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University. While at CMU, Annie performed in the CMU Horn Choir at the International Horn Symposium in 2013 and 2016, and played in masterclasses and premiers at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Recently, Annie attended the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival for Winds, developing more experience in chamber music. Annie is an advocate for education, and an aspiring renaissance woman; her goal is to share her craft of performing and teaching in the community, and establish that the art of learning is an adventure for all.

annichap@umail.iu.edu

Yu-Hsuan Cheng, born in Tainan, Taiwan, is currently a second year performance diploma student in Professor Richard Sarephinoff's studio at Indiana University. She recently graduated from the National Hsin-Chu University of Education. While in Taiwan, Yu-Hsuan played with both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and various chamber groups, including brass ensemble, horn quartet and trio. She also taught private lessons and group classes to senior high schools. In addition, Yu-Hsuan not only focuses on music, she also studied Special Education and taught in elementary schools. Yu-Hsuan hopes that she will get into a great Symphony Orchestra and also be a great tutor in the future.

chengyuh@umail.iu.edu 

Ashlyn Christensen is a first year master’s student studying with Professor Clevenger at IU. She completed her bachelor’s degree in music performance at the University of Northern Iowa, studying with Dr. Tina Su. Ashlyn has had the opportunity to perform with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and has gone on tour in Brazil with the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Ashlyn has experience performing in several chamber groups in both recital and gig settings. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing board games with friends. 

chriasra@iu.edu

Born in Switzerland in 1989, Olivier Huebscher has performed in wide variety of cultures and venues, from television soundtrack recording in Thailand, to full opera productions. Currently finishing his Doctorate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Olivier is equally comfortable performing in studio recordings, opera pits or symphonic stages. In addition to being a member of Santa Monica Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony, Olivier is a dedicated chamber musician, performing with Volante Winds as well as recording Mahler’s Symphony No 9 with the Kammermahler ensemble.

ohuebsch@indiana.edu

Sarah Krueger has been playing Horn for twelve years, and is extremely excited to be attending IU perusing a Master’s degree. A California native, she studied at both Fullerton College and California State University, Long Beach earning a dual degree in music education and Horn performance. She has studied with a variety of teachers including Jerry Garvin, Justin Hageman, and Dylan Skye Hart. Sarah has been featured as a soloist performer with the Southern California Philharmonic, and has freelanced across California having played with various groups such as Symphony Irvine, Dana Point Symphony, the Orange County Symphony Orchestra, the Corona Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds of the Pacific, Pacific Brass, the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, True Brass Choir, as well as the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Wind Symphony. When she is not performing, she enjoys spending time with her two-year old lop rabbit, Cooper.

skruege@iu.edu

Stefan Mohrmann is a second year Master of Music student at the Jacobs School of Music studying with Jeff Nelsen. He received his Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 2016 under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Pelletier. Originally from Pinkney Michigan, Stefan has performed with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra, and recently completed a tour with the Agora Brass Ensemble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During his time at BGSU, he played in a number of chamber ensembles and in various professional musical theater productions in the Toledo area. Stefan enjoys cooking, reading, chess playing, and spending time with his fiancée and fellow musician, Abigail.

smohrman@umail.iu.edu 

James Patterson was born in the Principality of Monaco and moved to Seattle Washington when he was 5 years old. He was a member of the NorthWest Boy Choir for 5 years and started studying horn in 2006 with Mark Robbins. James graduated Roosevelt High School in 2012 where he served as Principal Horn as well as being a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony for 4 years, The Rainier Symphony, the Academy Chamber Orchestra and subbed often with the Bremerton Symphony, all as Principal horn. James has attended the Marrowstone Music Festival for 4 years, and was awarded the fellowship position in 2014 and 2016. He has also attended the Round Top Music Festival (2015) and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival(2013). James is an active chamber musician, having preformed works such as the Brahms Horn Trio with pianist John Covelli and his violinist father Ron Patterson. James is also a soloist, having performed the Strauss Horn Concerto No.2 with the Rainier Symphony, and other solo works with various orchestras. He won 1st Place in the 2011 Washington State Solo and Ensemble Horn Competition. A 2016 graduate of The Juilliard School as a student of Eric Ralske, he now attends Jacob School of Music (IU) studying with Mr. Dale Clevenger.

jp89@umail.iu.edu

Sara Petokas is from near Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she went to Tunkhannock High School. Sara has a BM in Music Education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, where she studied with Professor Rebecca Dodson-Webster. At Mansfield University, she was the Music theory tutor (2014-2015), and won the Concerto Competition in 2014. She performed Morceau de Concert by Camille Saint-Saëns with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra that year. Sara graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Mansfield University. She completed her Masters in Music Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of music with Professor Peter Kurau. Sara was a TA of the Eastman Horn studio, and Eastman Natural Horn Studio. While at Eastman, she studied Natural Horn under Professor Derek Conrad. She was also TA for the Horn Methods Course in the Music Education Department, and taught horn Secondary Collegiate lessons. Sara was an intern at the Eastman Community Music School (2015-2017), and taught private lessons to students of all ages.

 Sara was Principal of the Northern Tier symphony from 2011-2015, and performed Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto with the symphony in Fall 2014. She is now a regular sub with the Williamsport Symphony in Pennsylvania. During the summer 2017, she performed in Germany with the Rekkenze Brass and her brass quintet from Eastman, the Flower City Brass. Sara is studying with Jeff Nelson at Indiana University to complete the Doctor of Music program. After graduation, Sara hopes to begin teaching at the collegiate level.

spetokas@iu.edu

Tessa Pettit grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She began playing horn eleven years ago and thoroughly enjoys it. She is currently a second year Master's student under the instruction of Jeff Nelsen. Tessa earned her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from the University of New Mexico. While at the University of New Mexico, she performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. She was also a member of the Bosque Brass and the Luminescence Wind Quintet. In addition to these ensembles, Tessa has performed in various musicals with Landmark Musicals and was a member of the 44th Army Band in Albuquerque. She has also experienced playing for audiences in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Germany, Austria, and Australia. In her spare time, Tessa enjoys cooking, reading, exercising, and learning new things. She greatly looks forward to beginning new musical ventures and expanding her musicianship at Indiana University.

tepettit@umail.iu.edu

Michael Stiles is a first-year doctoral student in Jeff Nelsen’s studio.  Prior to starting at IU, he lived in Philadelphia for 5 years working as a freelance player, educator, and arts administrator.  He has performed in a variety of ensembles in the Greater Philadelphia region, including The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orchestra2001, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, The Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Vox Amadeus, Theatre Horizon, and the Walnut Street Theatre.  His wind quintet, Federal Winds, received funding from the state of Pennsylvania for their 2015-2016 season project Passages: Wind Quintets through Philadelphia – a project in which they collaborated with two local composers to present a recital series in accessible locations in different neighborhoods throughout the city.  While in Philadelphia, he maintained a private studio in his home and was a teaching-artist for The Philadelphia Orchestra and Play On, Philly.  Michael holds a Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of North Texas.  His primary teachers were John David Smith at Delaware, and William Scharnberg at North Texas.  While living in Philadelphia, he studied with Denise Tryon of The Philadelphia Orchestra.  In addition to these widely-respected pedagogues, he has studied with and played in master-classes for Jeff Lang, Howard Wall, Lin Foulk, Jeffrey Agrell, Douglas Hill, Patrick Hughes, Kerry Turner, and Joseph Eger.

When he’s not working on music he can be found cooking, reading, gardening, fixing something, or occasionally welding.

mpstiles@iu.edu

Mikayla Stillwell, a native of Desoto, Texas, is a first year graduate student pursuing her Masters in Horn Performance. She received her Bachelors in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where she has been a member of the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines, Roarin’ Buzzsaws Pep-Band, Horn Choir, and the Lumberjack Marching Band. Mikayla has also been invited to play with the Longview Symphony Orchestra for several concerts during their 2016-2017 season.

Mikayla has taught horn lessons at Central High School, Mt. Enterprise High School, and at the SFA Music Preparatory Division over the past three years. In addition to this, she received a four-year Academic Scholarship as well as multiple awards from the School of Music. These positions and awards have allowed her to grow as a musician and an instructor, leading to her decision to further her studies at the Jacobs School of Music. She has studied with multiple teachers, including: Karen Houghton, Charles Gavin, Alex Shuhan, and Dale Clevenger.

mikstill@iu.edu

Tyler Taylor was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1992. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music degree in composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of music with a minor in music theory and a secondary minor in horn performance. He studies composition with Don Freund as well as horn with Jeff Nelsen. He earned his MM from the Eastman School of Music where he studied composition with David Liptak and Bob Morris as well as horn with W. Peter Kurau. He earned his BM from the University of Louisville where he studied composition with Steve Rouse and Krzysztof Wołek as well as horn with Bruce Heim.

As an aspiring composer and contemporary chamber musician, Tyler finds experiences in which he can be both a composer and performer the most inspiring. Most recently, he was the horn fellow at the Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival where he also had his chamber piece “Liberation Compromise” performed on the Lunchtime Concert Series. Similarly, he participated as a performer and composer at the Oregon Bach Composer Symposium where “Liberation Compromise” received its premiere. He has also enjoyed similar opportunities at the Sewanee Summer Music festival and Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. His most recent performances include the premiere of his work for solo horn “Vie” commissioned by Sara Petokas and his concerto for horn and chamber orchestra “Lake Music” featuring himself as the soloist.

His masters’ thesis "Liberation Compromise" for 17 players, a reworking of the chamber piece by the same title, won the 2017 Howard Hanson Ensemble Prize and his sinfonietta "Encompass," premiered by the Graduate Composers Sinfonietta at the Eastman School won the 2016 Howard Hanson Ensemble prize. His latest commissions include a 15-minute piece for the Allumer Horn Quartet based out of LSU and a trombone and piano piece for his friend and colleague Cole Bartels.

tywtaylo@iu.edu

nateNathanael 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.

nudell@indiana.edu

KatherineKatherine 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 attended Western Illinois University, where she earned her BM degree in horn performance. Under the instruction of Randall Faust, Katherine won state representative at the Illinois MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition. She completed her MM degree in horn performance 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 and record with several orchestras throughout the region. Katherine is currently pursuing interdisciplinary research in the fields of music cognition and cognitive science with hopes to make meaningful contributions to our understanding of how musicians build skill.

webbkd@indiana.edu

Cameron Wray is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Horn Performance at Indiana University, studying with both Dale Clevenger and Jeff Nelsen. Cameron 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 in 2012, Cameron has performed with many of the university's ensembles and regularly performs with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, in the pit at Cardinal Stage Company in productions such as Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, and Oliver, and as a freelance musician throughout southern Indiana. In addition, his horn quartet, Cor 4, won the International Horn Society's Quartet Competition at the 45th IHS Symposium in 2013. Cameron also studied the natural horn for four years under the guidance of Richard Seraphinoff.

jcwray@indiana.edu

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