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
- Elizabeth Cooksey: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Walter Everton: BM and BS Recording Arts, Studio Seraphinoff
- Eleni Georgiadis: BM and BSOF, Studio Clevenger
- Nathan Goldin: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Paige Kibbler: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Victoria Knudtson: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Alyssa Manske: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Olivia Martinez: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Chris Neiner: BM Composition, Studio Seraphinoff
- Doug Nunes: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Cameron Page: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Grant Parker: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Lauren Patin: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Nicolas Perez: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Chris Poe: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Joel Rodeback: BM, Studio Clevenger
- Adam Ruble: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Annie Steenson: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Alexander Wahl: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Burke Anderson: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Patrick Cauthers: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Annie Chapman: MM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Yu-Hsuan Cheng: PD, Studio Seraphinoff
- Alyssa Cherson: PD, Studio Clevenger
- Marissa Diaz: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Emily Farmer: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Kurtis Henderson: DM, Studio Nelsen
- Olivier Huebscher: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Breanne Jamieson: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Orlando Medrano: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Stefan Mohrmann: MM, Studio Clevenger
- James Patterson: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Ian Petruzzi: PD, Studio Clevenger
- Tessa Pettit: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Nathanael Udell: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Thomas Vienna: MM, Studio Clevenger
- Katherine Webb: DM, Studio Clevenger
- Cameron Wray: MM, 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.
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 Audio Engineering 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.
Currently a senior in Dale Clevenger’s studio, Eleni Georgiadis began to play horn under the instruction of Indianapolis area teacher Janet Miller. Eleni has also had the opportunity to study natural horn with Richard Seraphinoff in her time at IU. In addition to horn performance, she is pursuing a double major in Classical Studies with a focus on Latin language. Away from the horn, Eleni enjoys fencing, running, hiking, cooking, and knitting.
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."
Paige Kibbler began playing Horn over a decade ago under the influence of her brother and mother. She currently attends the Jacobs School of Music as a music education major, a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, and the former 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, Wind Ensemble, and the Brass Wait For It Trio. She has also had the opportunity to play at the CBDNA National Convention and Carnegie Hall. In her free time, she loves to knit/crochet and ballroom dance!
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 Sophomore from Lowell in Northwest Indiana and is 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 serves others in Bloomington with Classical Connections, a similar organization working toward non-profit status. 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. She is thrilled to continue learning 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, he has appeared in the IU concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, university orchestra, symphony orchestra, and brass choir. Additional performances include the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Bloomington University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK), the Minnesota Music Educators Symphonic Band, and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. He currently studies horn with Richard Seraphinoff. His past teachers include Ellen Dinwiddie Smith of the Minnesota Orchestra.
As a composer, Chris Neiner is driven by a passion to collaborate with instrumentalists. In April 2016 he curated a multidisciplinary project, New Music for Horns, which facilitated collaborations between hornists, composers, conductors, and recording artists studying at the IU Jacobs School of Music. His latest collaboration is a new work commissioned by IU alumnus Kevin Miescke, professor of horn at Eastern Illinois University.
His works have appeared on programs by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, the Copper Street Brass Quintet, the Red Hedgehog Trio, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Cochran Commissioning Project, the MacPhail Center for Music, and more.
Neiner is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in composition with a concentration in horn performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. As a recipient of a Jacobs School Presser Undergraduate Award, he studies composition with Aaron Travers.
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.
Grant Parker is a Junior pursuing a BM in Horn Performance at Indiana University under the instruction of Dale Clevenger. He 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. While at KU, he studied horn with Dr. Paul Stevens. He served as Principal Horn in the KU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Paul Popiel, with whom he recorded works by Jim Barnes, Joel Puckett, and Steven Bryant on the ensemble's newest album, which has not yet been released. He also had the privilege of performing with the KU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro David Neely. During the Summer of 2015, he attended the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, WA, where he studied with Mr. Clevenger and Dr. Margaret Tung. Grant is a native of Kansas City, where he enjoys spending his free time with friends, eating delicious barbecue, and cheering on the Royals.
In her fourth year in the Jacobs School of Music, Lauren Patin is pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance and is a student of Mr. Dale Clevenger. Since studying at the Jacobs School of Music, Ms. Patin has studied Natural Horn under the tutelage of Mr. Richard Seraphinoff. She has been a part of a number of ensembles during her undergraduate studies including brass choir, a woodwind quintet, and two horn quartets. She has also been active in the Jacobs School of Music's orchestra scene and has held positions in the Concert Orchestra as well as the University Orchestra. Beyond classical music, Lauren has branched out into the world of brass bands and has performed with the Atomic Dog Brass Band based in Bloomington, Indiana. In the summer of 2015, Ms. Patin, along with members of the Atomic Dog Brass Quintet, recorded on Bloomington locals Mighty Brother’s album, Jettison. Reprise. Away from the horn, Lauren enjoys swimming, playing classical piano, and doing freelance graphic design work.
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 junior 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, and the Concert 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.
Joel Rodeback is a freshman 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.
Adam Ruble is a freshman 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. Adam is thrilled to start 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 enjoys keeping up with drum corps, trying new foods, and spending time with friends.
Annie Steenson is a sophomore from Danville, New Hampshire and is a graduate of Timberlane Regional 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 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 currently pursuing a degree in Music Education while studying with Jeff Nelsen. In her first year, she was a member of the Marching Hundred and Symphonic Band. Outside of music, Annie enjoys baking and running half marathons.
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. In the 2015 and 2016 summer seasons, Alex had the privilege of performing across the country with the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps. He looks forward to emphasizing conducting 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.
Annie Chapman, from Bentley, Michigan, is currently pursuing her MM degree under the guidance of Professor Seraphinoff. She is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University, where she received a Bachelor of Music Education (Cum Laude). Under the instruction of Dr. Bruce Bonnell, she took part in many of the performance opportunities offered. She was a founding member of the ACM brass quintet, who performed in annual contests, fundraisers, and recitals held by the school of music. Annie also performed in the CMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, where they traveled to the Midwest Clinic and the Ontario Music Educator’s convention in pursuit of sharing their music with others. In 2014, Annie had the opportunity to play assistant horn in the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, where they played a full concert featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. In 2013 and 2016, she and the CMU Horn Choir performed at the International Horn Symposium. She has performed in other ensembles in the area, including woodwind quintets, and the East Shore Wind Symphony. During the past five summers, Annie has worked as a part of the administrative staff team at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Annie is passionate about performing as well as teaching, and looks forward to the opportunities Indiana University has to offer. Outside of music, Annie loves to explore the outdoors, drink copious amounts of coffee, and spend time adventuring with her friends and family.
Yu-Hsuan Cheng, born in Tainan, Taiwan, is currently a first 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 focus 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.
Alyssa Cherson is from the Long Island area of New York and has been playing the horn for 16 years. In May 2015, Alyssa received her Masters in Music Performance from IU, studying with Dale Clevenger. In the Fall of 2015, Alyssa joined Studio Nelsen to work towards a Performer’s Diploma, which she will continue to work towards this year. 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. Outside of the music school, Alyssa is in her second year as a Graduate Supervisor for Residential Programs and Services in the Wright Quadrangle on campus. When not playing the horn or working, Alyssa enjoys baking, binge watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends.
Kurtis Henderson is a first year Doctor of Music student in Studio Nelsen, and is the Horn Associate Instructor. 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. In fall of 2016, Kurtis won the position of Principal horn with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
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. In 2015 Breanne graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Performance, studying under horn professors Richard Mingus and Benjamin Kinsman.
In Canada, Breanne has performed with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, 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 Youth Orchestra of Canada on their tour to Portugal. She is excited to be beginning the second year of her Masters of Music at the Jacobs School at Indiana University.
Orlando Medrano, native of Roma, TX, is a Master's student of Dale Clevenger, and is seeking a degree in Masters of Music in Horn. He is a 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.
Stefan Mohrmann is a first year Master of Music student at the Jacobs School of Music studying with Dale Clevenger. 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.
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.
Tessa Pettit grew up in Albuquerque New Mexico. She began playing horn eleven years ago and thoroughly enjoys it. She is currently a first 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.
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.
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 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 linguistics with hopes to make meaningful contributions to our understanding of how musicians build skill.
Cameron Wray is extremely excited to be returning to IU for a master's degree after finishing his bachelor's this last summer! 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 was a part of Cardinal Stage's productions of Les Miserables and Mary Poppins, as well as BHSS's production of Phantom of the Opera. In addition, his horn quartet, Cor 4, won the International Horn Society's Quartet Competition at the 45th IHS Symposium in 2013. Cameron will be studying with both Professors Nelsen and Clevenger, as well as natural horn with Professor Seraphinoff.