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Current Horn Students

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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.


Undergraduate Biographies

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Lisa Cary is a sophomore student in Studio Nelsen from Columbus, Ohio pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance and Music Education. While at Indiana University, Lisa has greatly enjoyed performing with her peers in the Wind Ensemble as well as the Marching Hundred. Lisa also currently serves as a Department of Bands Librarian. Throughout the past five years, Lisa has also greatly enjoyed teaching horn privately and she hopes to share her passion for music with her students. Outside of her musical studies, she enjoys reading, baking, running, and learning about wildlife. She also finds it vital to serve her student community. Lisa is the secretary to the IU National Band Association and has volunteered locally and through the Indiana Music Education Association throughout the past year. Throughout middle and high school Lisa studied with Barbara Nokes, Columbus area teacher, and is very much anticipating continuing her studies with Jeff Nelsen.

Brandt Conley is a sophomore student from Tucson, Arizona. He began his study of horn in 4th grade. Throughout high school, he enjoyed playing in various community orchestras and his high school wind ensemble. He also participated in numerous conservatory camps, honor bands and regional ensembles. Outside of music, Brandt is a competitive equestrian, participating in national hunter-jumper shows, playing polo and riding cow horses. He is an active volunteer at a number of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity and various art museums. Brandt is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to continue his musical studies with Professor Clevenger.

Elizabeth Cooksey was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently a senior working on her horn performance degree under the study of Richard Seraphinoff. She started her musical career at age five, when her grandmother began giving her piano lessons. Elizabeth began the horn 11 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. 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. Elizabeth spent her Spring 2018 semester abroad in Vienna, and studied with teachers in Vienna, Stuttgart, and Berlin. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys painting, cooking, and dancing with friends. Elizabeth is excited for all of the musical opportunities that Jacobs has to offer, and she is thrilled to be a part of studio Seraphinoff.

Karli Farrell, from Mason, Ohio, is a sophomore 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 Seraphinoff. Outside of her academics and musicality, Karli enjoys reading realistic fiction novels and hiking. She is very excited to learn from Professor Seraphinoff and the other horn students and faculty here at IU!

Robert Fox is a performer of diverse musical genres, and has been performing all over the United States for the past ten years. Fox is entering his second year of studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Professor Jeff Nelsen. Recently, Robert spent the summer as a Fellow at the Marrowstone Music Festival. A native Floridian and Chicagoan at heart, Robert is a proficient whistler.  His secret passion usually happens right after moonlighting as a chef – it’s playing with his cat Alfie.

Through expanding music performance to engage more of the arts with diverse communities, his mission is to connect communities together, and inspire those individuals to pursue a creative life that does the same.

Elliott Fus is a sophomore studying Music Education from Northwest Indiana and is a graduate from Munster High School. While at Munster, he was involved in ISSMA State Finalist Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras. He was principal horn in band and orchestra for all four years of high school, as well as drum major in marching band his senior year. Elliott was also a member of the Indiana All-State Honor Band and All-State Honor Choir. Elliott has had the opportunity to perform around the world, ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York City to Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Among other awards, Elliott received the John Philip Souza Award for his musicianship and leadership. You can find Elliott playing with the Marching Hundred and Big Red Basketball Band. Along with music, Elliott enjoys traveling abroad, spending time with his family and girlfriend, and playing with his 2 golden retrievers on Lake Michigan. He currently studies with Jeff Nelsen as an undergraduate.

Nathan Goldin is beginning his final year of his studies under the instruction of Richard Seraphinoff. Nathan is an avid participant in chamber music, having twice participated in the prestigious Fischoff competition, as well as winning the Discover competition. In addition to classical music, Nathan has deep interest in jazz and film music from the golden age of cinema. He has continued his studies at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Eastern Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Brevard Music Center. Aside from playing music, Nathan can be found studying postwar American culture and shopping for vintage clothing.

Jacob Kessler, from Rolling Prairie, Indiana, is a sophomore studying horn with Professor Nelsen while pursuing a degree in Music Education. As an avid supporter of the marching arts, Jacob has performed twice with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band and just finished his rookie year of Drum Corps as a member of the Blue Stars’ Mellophone section. He also finds joy in arranging music for pep bands and even won the Blue Stars On Corps Arranging competition this past summer. Lastly, he is thrilled about the all opportunities to learn new instruments here at IU. His current project is learning bassoon as a performer with the IU All-Campus Band.

Emma Lumsden, from Murrieta, California, is going into her second 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. After one year of playing French horn, she began taking private lessons with Warren Gref and continued taking lessons with him through her senior year of high school. 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. During her freshman year of college, she was a member of the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, both semesters. In her free time, Emma enjoys cooking, hanging out with her friends and family, and spending time with animals. She is excited to continue her studies with Professor Nelsen this year.

Alyssa Manske, from Spring, Texas, is entering her final year at the Jacobs School of Music and is excited to continue her studies with Professor Clevenger and Professor Seraphinoff in Horn Performance. Alyssa has held positions in the top ensembles as either 2nd or 4th horn in the Philharmonic, Concert, Symphony and Conductor’s orchestra. As a musician of many interests, she has also played (or is currently playing) piano, cello, harp, ocarina and voice. In addition to studying with the professor’s at the Jacobs School of Music, she has had the privilege of studying with Wolfgang Vladar of the Vienna Philharmonic as well as Michael Parkinson at the Alexander Technique Centre in Vienna. Alyssa is highly interested in researching embouchure issues and finding concrete solutions to this understudied field. After graduation, Alyssa hopes to pursue a teaching certification in Alexander Technique as well as continue to play and study horn. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, learning new languages, lifting weights, and spending time outdoors.

Olivia Martinez is a senior 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!

Jenna Montes is a sophomore 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.

As a freshman, Jenna was invited to participate in The U.S. Air Force Concert Band College Symposium, where she performed with the ensemble. At IU she played 4th horn in Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. In the spring she played assistant horn on IU Opera’s production “West Side Story”.

Aside from playing horn, Jenna likes to write, sing, paint, and travel. She spends her summers as a nanny and a camp counselor with the The iBelieve Foundation.

Detrich Morrison-Jones is originally from the small community of New Hill, North Carolina.  He is currently a Sophomore 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, poetry, writing, and art. Detrich participated in the James F. Wertz/Mildred Goode District and State level oratorical competitions for 4 years. His senior year of high school he placed 3rd when he represented the state of North Carolina at the National Baptist convention Oratorical Contest in St. Louis, MO. More recently he has been a marching band tech for multiple bands in North Carolina as well as Indiana. He loves southern cooking! Lastly he has been in the Marching Hundred, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Crabb Band, Basketball Band, etc. Everyday Detrich lives his life to the fullest and always is willing to share a smile.

Dana Reckard is a freshman at the Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with Richard Seraphinoff. She attended Cedarburg High School in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, graduating as a National AP Scholar. During high school, Dana was principal horn of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble (UWAY); she also served a two-year internship in the UWM Collegiate Wind Ensemble Library. Dana completed an independent study with UWM Assistant Director of Bands, Dr. Scott Corley, studying concert hall acoustics and conducting technique. Current and recent horn instructors include Josh Phillips, Greg Flint, and Karen Suarez-Flint. Aside from music, Dana enjoys quilting, collecting refrigerator magnets, and watching The Great British Bake Off.

Joel Rodeback is a junior 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 was a three-time member of the Utah All-State ensembles, and in 2016 was the Principal Horn of the Utah All-State Orchestra. At the Jacobs School he has been a member of the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Symphony and Chamber orchestras. Away from the horn, his hobbies include hiking in the Utah mountains and watching classic movies.

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.

Reed Ulery is a sophomore 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!

Jasmine Vann is a freshman who hails from southwest Michigan. She started studying piano at a young age and began to play horn in 6th grade band. Once in high school, Jasmine became progressively more involved in music. She took part in her high school’s Wind Ensemble, marching band, pit orchestra, jazz band, and pep band, and earned leadership positions including Band President. Furthermore, during her time in high school, Jasmine co-founded, directed, and conducted a brass choir for students in grades 6-12. Jasmine also played horn in the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra as well as various statewide honors ensembles throughout her high school career. Beyond performance, Jasmine has very much enjoyed exploring pedagogical opportunities as a teacher’s assistant in middle school band classes and as a private horn instructor for beginners. Additionally, Jasmine has taught on the field as a section leader and, this past summer, she was honored to be able to work as a marching band staff member. This year, Jasmine is thrilled to be a part of Studio Seraphinoff as she pursues two exciting majors at IU: music education and Spanish linguistics. Outside of these fields, Jasmine enjoys exploring the new and different. In her free time, she likes to get to know others around her, travel, and learn about various cultures. Some of her favorite things to do include hanging out with friends, engaging in sports and friendly debates, and trying out new foods and new activities.

Ryan Wezner is a freshman at Indiana University pursuing his BM degree in Horn Performance under the study of Jeff Nelsen. He graduated from Murray High School in Murray, Kentucky, and studied with Dr. Jessie Thoman. While in high school, Ryan played in his school’s band and participated in the KMEA District 1 Honor Band and All-State Symphonic Band. He also attended the Interlochen Summer Orchestra Program for two years. He received the 2015 Quad-State Soloist of the Year from the Quad-State Festival at Murray State University. Outside of music, Ryan enjoys traveling, reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Julia Woelke is a freshman studying music education and is excited to begin her studies under Professor Clevenger.  She graduated from Oswego High School where she participated in the Wind Symphony as principal horn, performed at Illinois Music Educator Conference, and participated in several regional honor bands.  She also participated in the Midwest Clinic High School Institute and Illinois Future Music Educator Seminar.  At her high school she was involved in the marching band, serving as section leader for the mellophones for two years and was an officer for the NAfME Tri-M Music honor society.  One of Julia’s favorite parts of high school was being a part of the Merit School of Music Conservatory in Chicago.  She has also performed in church settings and Symphony Center.  Besides music, Julia has been involved in service, ballet, and politics.


Graduate Biographies

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Layne Anspach, originally from Elkhart, Indiana, is a second-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, Franz Söllner, and Bruce Henniss.

While at The Ohio State University, Layne was a University Fellow, Teaching Associate for Theory and Aural Skills, and Administrative Associate for the School of Music’s Graduate Office. Between 2016 and 2017, Layne subbed as Principal Horn with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra and New Albany Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the Principal Horn for the Opera Project Columbus 2016-2017 season.

While living in Indiana, Layne has subbed with Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Terre Haute, Richmond (IN), and Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestras. He also enjoys performing chamber music. Most recently Layne performed Franz Schubert’s Auf dem Strom on the “Mostly Schubert” Faculty Chamber Music Series at Indiana University.

When not focusing on music, Layne enjoys traveling, following sports, and spending time with his wife, Daisy.

Alyson Byers is a first-year master’s student studying with Dale Clevenger. She received a BM in Horn Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma where she studied under Dr. Peggy Moran. While at UCO, Alyson had the opportunity to perform in many ensembles including different chamber groups, wind symphony, orchestra, chamber orchestra, and even jazz band. During her second year at UCO, Alyson went on a ten-day tour with the UCO Wind Symphony throughout Germany and Austria. Furthermore, she studied natural horn with Dr. Ted Honea and was featured as a soloist with the UCO Chamber Orchestra. Outside of school, Alyson taught private lessons in the Edmond and Oklahoma City area in addition to freelancing. She also received an AA in Music while in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. During this time she performed in orchestras for musicals at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Alyson is very excited to be attending Indiana University for her master’s and for all the wonderful opportunities available.

Yu-Hsuan Cheng, born in Tainan, Taiwan, is a first-year doctoral 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. 

Ashlyn Christensenis a second 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, Italy, and Mexico with various ensembles including Opera Maya. 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.

A native of Canada’s east coast, Mark Constantine is a horn player pursuing his Master’s degree in Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Dale Clevenger. Undergraduate studies with Lawrence Vine and Daniel Gress (NACO) at the University of Ottawa were supplemented by private study with Douglas Vaughan, Victoria McNeill, and Gabe Radford. Mark has also performed in masterclasses for renowned pedagogues such as Froydis Ree Wekre, Jamie Somerville, Stefan de Laval Jezierski, and Alain Trudel.

Mark was twice a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, having toured Portugal with the group in 2016, and Canada in 2017. He frequently plays as an extra with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera on the Avalon Orchestra, performing with such renowned conductors as Alain Trudel, Tania Miller, Judith Yan, Johnathan Darlington, and Perry So. Chamber music credits include the Ottawa International Chamberfest, the Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, and Mark was a core member of The Ottawa Brass Initiative from 2016-2018.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys, cooking, playing golf, and hiking outdoors with his dog, Annie.

Daniel Dickey is a first year graduate student in Studio Nelsen. Under the tutelage of Professor Heather Test, he received his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Business Administration at Texas Christian University.  While at TCU, he performed as a member of the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, graduate brass quintet, marching band, horn ensemble, and Frog Corps men's choir. In 2015, he attended the Music in the Mountains festival in Durango, CO, where he studied with Scott Strong and Greg Hustis. He has performed in masterclasses with Gail Williams, David Cooper, Roger Kaza, and Mark Houghton. His dream is to perform as a hornist in a major symphony orchestra.

When he is not working on horn performance, he enjoys cooking and golfing.  Daniel also hopes to receive his Certified Public Accountant license.

Emily Farmer is thrilled to be returning to IU to finally finish her master's degree! Emily received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016, where she studied with Andrew McAfee. While at UNC, Emily had an active freelance career in the Triangle area, which included contracts with the Durham Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. In the summer, she participated in the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2014), and the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland (2016). In 2016 she also began her MM degree at IU studying with Dale Clevenger. She also had the opportunity to sub with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. In 2017 she was offered a one-season contract with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bosnia-Herzegovina and played 3rd horn with the orchestra for their 2017-2018 season, which included concerts, operas, and ballets. While in Europe, Emily also performed Bruckner's Third Symphony with the Orchestra Academy of Tyrol Festival Erl under Maestro Gustav Kuhn in Erl, Austria and Music Academy International in Mezzano di Primero, Italy. After eleven months of travel, craziness, and growth, Emily is excited to be with her IU horn family again! In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, and practicing her German and Italian.

As a Doctoral Candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Olivier Huebscher is equally comfortable performing in studio recordings, opera pits or symphonic stages. As a chamber musician, Olivier has reached the semi-finals of major competitions such as The Fischoff Competition and Plowman Chamber Music Competition with his woodwind quintet, the Volante Winds. In addition, he recorded Mahler’s Symphony No 9 with the Kammermahler ensemble as well as being a recipient of the Redlands Chamber Society’s Young Artist Award. Olivier has won or made finals for several national and international orchestras including Sarajevo Philharmonic, Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Macau Orchestra. He has been a member of Santa Monica Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony.

Symantha Johnson is a first year Master of Music student from Fishers, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with a Psychology minor from Butler University in 2017, where she played with the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler Ballet Orchestra, and Butler Wind Ensemble. She has studied with Kent Leslie and Dr. Gail Lewis. She has also performed with the White River Wind Symphony, White River Chamber Orchestra, and Indiana Wind Symphony on multiple occasions. 

In addition to her performance experiences, Symantha loves horn pedagogy, and teaches regularly in the Fishers, Indiana area. In addition to teaching privately, she has been a horn sectional teacher for Sand Creek and Fall Creek Intermediate Schools. She is a mellophone technician for the Fishers High School Marching Band. She was a teaching fellow for the Butler Community Arts School, teaching private lessons and summer brass camps for the Indianapolis area. Symantha is particularly interested in pedagogy for beginning horn students and loves working with middle schoolers. 

When she is not practicing or teaching, Symantha enjoys spending time with her pets. She is a rescue animal lover who owns a pit bull, a husky, and four cats.

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.

Robert Levine is a native of NY. He is excited to begin his Master’s degree at the Jacobs school under the tutelage of Richard Seraphinoff. Robert holds his Bachelor’s degree in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music (2017), where he studied under Peter Kurau and Derek Conrad. He also holds a Professional Performance Certificate from the Penn State School of Music (2018) and studied under Sarah Schouten and Zachary Smith.

In High School, Robert attended the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College program where he studied under Barbara Jostlein Currie. While attending MSM Pre-College, Robert sat principle horn of the Symphony Orchestra.

During his time at Eastman, Robert was part of the Decibel Brass Quintet. He was also an original member of the Eastman Natural Horn Quartet. Robert has performed at numerous venues in the NY area, such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, (formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall), Symphony Space and Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. Robert loves playing natural horn, spending time with his family and being outside.

Mikayla McCommas, a native of Desoto, Texas, is a second 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 was 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 several high schools and middle schools all over the country. These positions and teaching opportunities have allowed her to further her studies at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. She has studied with multiple teachers, including: Karen Houghton, Charles Gavin, Alex Shuhan, and Dale Clevenger. She enjoys spending time cooking and taking walks with her new husband, Aaron.

Frank Padour hails from Crystal Lake, Illinois. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B. A. in Music Performance in the spring of 2018. While at NIU, he acted as Principal horn of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. He most recently joined the Indiana Wind Symphony for their European Tour in the summer of 2018. Frank is very excited to become a Hoosier horn player for Indiana University.

In his free time, Frank enjoys collecting Punisher comic books, playing video games, reading from his library, and exercising with free weights and running. He enjoys a good play or musical when they come to town and was a part time announcer for NPR for over two years.

Grant Parker is a first year Masters student studying Horn Performance. He graduated from IU in May 2018 with his BM in Horn Performance. He is excited to continue his studies with Mr. Clevenger this year. In his free time, Grant enjoys going outside, spending time with friends, and cooking/eating delicious food.


Rebecca Salo is a first-year master’s student studying with Jeff Nelsen. She graduated from Purdue University in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and minors in mathematics and music theory. During her time at Purdue, Rebecca played principal horn in the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra and performed as a soloist with the Purdue Wind Ensemble. She won the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s Keller Competition in 2017, for which she was rewarded a recent solo performance with the orchestra. Additionally, she won the Purdue Sudler Prize in the Arts (2018), the Kokomo Park Band Solo Competition (2017), and the International Horn Society Mid-South Collegiate Solo Competition (2017). Rebecca has studied with Wayne Lu and Kazimierz Machala; and she spent a year studying at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, prior to attending Purdue. Rebecca also enjoys teaching middle and high school horn students. In 2016, she worked at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a counselor and sectional coach, and she recently toured Europe with their International Youth Symphony Orchestra as a staff member and principal horn. Outside of music and engineering, Rebecca likes outdoor activities including hiking and rock climbing.

Blaine Smith is a first year graduate student at Indiana University, and is pursuing a performance degree under the guidance of Professor Clevenger. Blaine completed his undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce in both music education and music performance on horn, and studied both double and early horn with Michael Morrow. In his time as an undergraduate student, Blaine had the wonderful opportunities to perform with several chamber brass ensembles, tour Austria as principal horn for the TAMUC Wind Ensemble, perform in multiple wind band world premieres, and join the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia brotherhood. He also had the wonderful pleasure of student teaching at Garland High School in Garland, Texas. 

As well as playing horn, Blaine also enjoys writing music, and took composition lessons with David Davies at TAMUC, as well as, worked in film production for his families business. He also enjoys messing around with 3D printing, and hopes that he can incorporate this hobby into his music life.

Michael Stiles is a second-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.

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.

Brianna Volkmann is a first year master’s student in horn performance, studying with Jeff Nelsen. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, OH, where she studied with Jesse McCormick. During her time at BW, she was a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Brass Choir, as well as numerous different chamber ensembles, including woodwind and brass quintet. In the spring of 2018, she won third place in the brass division of the Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition, based in Akron, OH. She spent the summer of 2017 at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, where she studied with Kelly Hofman and Joy Branagan. She performed in a masterclass for William VerMeulen at the International Horn Society Symposium in 2016, and has also played in masterclasses for Gail Williams, Jennifer Montone, William Caballero, David Cooper, and Carsten Duffin. Her other teachers include Maura McCune Corvington, Alex Shuhan, and Jill Hammond. In addition to playing horn, she enjoys teaching horn, and has worked with a number of middle and high school students over the last few years.

When not playing horn, Brianna enjoys singing, reading, crafting, cuddling her cat, being outside in the sun, and going on adventures with her friends and family in her hometown of Rochester, NY.

KatherineKatherine Webb is pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in horn performance and literature and is currently studying with Jeff Nelsen. She began her performance career in the Chicagoland area as a regular member of the Classical Symphony Orchestra and Wheaton Municipal Band. 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.


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