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Graduate's Accolades & Biographies

Congratulations to all the students listed below! The following is a brief list of what each graduate is doing now

Undergraduate Degrees          (Click here for the Graduates list) 

Graduate Degrees
DM = Doctor of Music, MM = Masters of Music, PD = Performers Diploma

Undergraduate Biographies                   

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BurnsEverett Burns, a horn student of Professor Jeff Nelsen, completed his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at Indiana University in December of this year.  While at IU, he has held many different positions in the orchestra program, including two semesters as principal of the Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has also served as the second horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic since 2008.  In 2008 he was selected as a winner in the Dorothy Frizelle Orchestral Audition Contest, and in 2009 he won first prize in the International Horn Society Solo Competition.  He has also spent a year studying natural horn with Professor Richard Seraphinoff.  Everett has participated in a wide variety of chamber music ensembles while at IU, including horn quartets, brass quintets, and woodwind quintets.  He is from Richardson, Texas. Please visit his website at www.everettburns.com.

burns6@indiana.edu

  • Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Second Horn (2008-present)
  • International Horn Society Solo Competition, First Place (2009)
  • International Horn Society Audition Competition, Winner (2008)

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Zach Glavan has completed his final semester in the Jacobs School of Music with a BM in Horn Performance. Zach was born in Grapevine, Texas where he first began his musical studies in 2000. Karen and Dennis Houghton were most instrumental (pun intended) in his horn studies, and Zach performed as principal horn with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and then later the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.  Zach also had the honor of touring throughout Austria, the Czech Republic, and several cities in China with these renowned ensembles.

Since joining Studio Nelsen in 2007, Zach has been an extremely active orchestral and chamber music performer. He has also enjoyed Natural Horn studieswith Professor Seraphinoff.  One performance highlight for Zach was performing the principal horn obligato solo in Mahler's 5th Symphony with maestro David Effron. Zach has also had the honor of performing with esteemed conductors Leonard Slatkin, Giancarlo Guerrero, Mario Venzago, and Arthur Fagen, as well asviolinist Joshua Bell. In 2009, his woodwind quintet was a finalist in the Latin American Music Competition. As a result, the “Glavan Quintet”'s recording of “Cinco Danzas Breves” was featured on the competition’s annual album.  His quintet then toured to Medellín, Colombia to perform at the VII International ColombianChamber Music Festival.  A strong advocate of new music, Zach has performed world premiers for several composers and has recently commissioned two new works for horn. His most recent commission, a work by Australian composer Mark Oliveiro, is titled “Thunor’s Gate” and is for Horn and Live Electronics.  It was premiered by Jeff Nelsen at the 2010 International Horn Society Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. Zach will be performing the U.S. premiere of Oliveiro’s work along with a new work by Bin Li in the fall. Zach has performed with the Camerata Orchestra and is an I.H.S Audition Contest Winner. After graduation, Zach plans on going to Spain to study horn, back pack, and make his hopes of finally becoming fluent in Spanish come true!

zglavan@indiana.edu

  • Glavan Woodwind Quintet, Tour to Columbia (2009)

  • International Horn Society Audition Competition, Winner (2008)

Aaron KibblerAaron Kibbler is a member of the Jacobs School of Music class of 2011, studying horn performance with Jeff Nelsen and trying to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. He started his horn playing in 3rd grade at Huckleberry Hill Elementary School in Brookfield Connecticut on a single F horn purchased by his Mom at a flea market for $12.50, though he has long since moved on to a much more reliable instrument. Aaron went to high school at Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills Illinois and played in the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. While in high school, Aaron was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2007. His most memorable experiences with the CYSO were touring Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. While at IU, Aaron has performed with the Philharmonic orchestra, the Symphony orchestra, and the Wind Ensemble.

aight1234@aol.com


lombardiMichael Lombardi, a native of Long Island, NY, began playing horn at the age of 9. Michael’s pursuit of a professional music career began in 2005 when he was named a member of the New York All-State ensembles, an honor he received again in 2006. In 2007, Michael was named to the MENC All-Eastern Honors Orchestra, playing second horn. During his high school years, he led a very busy performing schedule, playing with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, Long Island Youth Orchestra, and Nassau Suffolk Performing Arts Wind Symphony as principal horn. He has currently finished pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, which he completed in the Spring of 2011.

mlombard@indiana.edu

mclaughlinRebecca McLaughlin, upon graduating from Indiana University, has been performing with the United States Army Bands.  She recently passed Basic Combat Training as first in her company of 203 soldiers as their Soldier Leader of the Cycle, and graduated from the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Course at the Army School of Music in June.  During AIT, Rebecca received one of the six Certificates of Achievement at her Field Training Exercise out of 400 soldiers, made the Commandant's List, auditioned and received the "C1" certification on horn, and earned the Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association's Medal of Excellence for leadership, physical fitness, and academics. She is currently stationed with the 8th Army Band in Korea, and enjoys performing with their brass quintets, ceremonial bands, concert band, and various other small ensembles. 

oconnellRyan O'Connell is an active performing musician, arranger, and composer, best known for his top-selling choral piece titled "Variations on ‘Deck the Hall.'"

Currently, Ryan is in demand as a performer on the Horn, piano, voice, and also as a music director and conductor. He has held top positions in the music ensembles at Indiana University, where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance. Other notable appearances include playing principle horn for the Honor Band of America, and a leading role on stage in the Broadway national tour of the musical, "Ragtime."

Ryan's arranging and orchestrating skills have been used by the State Theatre in Easton, PA for their television awards program called "The Freddy Awards" for the past three years. He has also done arrangements for Jeff Nelsen and the Canadian Brass.

Ryan has also experienced success as a published composer. His first published piece, "Variations on ‘Deck the Hall,'" was selected as an Editor's Choice by J. W. Pepper and remained a top seller for the entire season. He has also composed other significant works, including pieces for film & television, plus concert works for orchestra, choir, horn, chamber ensembles, and solo piano. For more information about Ryan's compositions, please visit his website at www.ryanomusic.com.

Ryan finished a mid-west tour with the rock band, "Stop on Green" as lead pianist, vocalist, and assistant musical director. In addition, he continues to work in musical theater, as a musical director, vocal coach, and accompanist. 

Recently, Ryan has been a Music Director at the Bloomington Youth Theatre (Summer '11), written choral publications for Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard, and is in Los Angeles, studying film scoring at University of Southern California (www.smptv.net)

oconnelr@indiana.edu

  • Best selling arrangement of choral piece, "Variations on 'Deck the Hall'" (2009)

  • Multiple choral publications (2009-present)

  • Film score (writing/conducting/playing) (2010)

  • Television score (writing/playing) (2009)

  • Touring with rock band, "Stop on Green" (2009)

  • Casting finalist with Cirque du Soleil (2010)

smoakJenny Smoak is a first-year Performer Diploma student studying modern horn with Jeff Nelsen and natural horn with Richard Seraphinoff. Having just completed her Bachelor's Degree in May 2011 with Jeff, she is returning (and excited) for another year here at IU!  While at IU, Jenny has participated in a number of ensembles including Indiana University’s Philharmonic, Chamber, Festival, Concert, Symphony, and Baroque Orchestras, Symphonic Band, Horn Choir, Brass Choir, and other various chamber ensembles. A native of Raleigh, NC, Jenny performed for 4 years with the nationally award-winning British style Triangle Youth Brass Band, playing the Eb Tenor Horn. Recently, Jenny has attended Jeff Nelsen’s Fearless Performance for Musicians Seminar, Chautauqua Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, and the International Horn Society Symposium over the summers. Having studied abroad in Vienna, Austria in the Fall of 2009, Jenny studied horn with Wolfgang Vladar (Vienna Philharmonic) and traveled around Europe meeting and hearing glorious musicians from all over the world! Outside of playing the horn, Jenny has been named a “Founders Scholar” by Indiana University (2009) and is also an avid participant and leader in Cancer Awareness community events throughout Bloomington. She loves photography, dogs, baking cakes, reading, drinking hot chocolate, and learning something new everyday!

jrsmoak@gmail.com


Graduate Biographies

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adams-selenaSelena Adams: After finishing my MM in Horn Performance at Indiana, I spent the fall of 2008 as a world premiere cast member of the Music Motion Theater production Odyssey, which toured in Japan for four months.  At the conclusion of the tour, I took a position as the Assistant Director of Bands at Spartanburg High School (Spartanbur, SC) where I conducted the Symphonic Band, directed the SHS Jazz Band, and taught beginning band classes at Houston and Chapman Elementary Schools.  While living in South Carolina, I also maintained and active private horn studio and performed with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (Hendersonville, NC) and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Spartanburg, SC).

I recently performed with the National Repertory Orchestra for a few weeks in the early summer of 2011 and was one of five horn players participating in the Orford Arts Festival Orchestra in Orford, Quebec during the late summer of 2011.  I am the doctoral horn graduate assistant at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be starting work on my DMA in horn performance and pedagogy there this fall!

carpenterDeanna Carpenter is a candidate for the DM-Brass Pedagogy degree.  After completing the MM degree at IU in 2005 studying with Michael Hatfield, she stayed at IU to become a candidate for the DM degree in 2009 studying with Jeff Nelsen.  She spent her Undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities studying with Charles Kavalovski and Herb Winslow.  While there she played in the first side by side concert with the Minnesota Orchestra, was a teacher to many young horn and violin students.  She was a finalist in the 2002 Midwest Horn workshop solo competition in Oshkosh WI, and participated in workshops such as the Midwest Horn workshop in St. Louis, Western Illinois Horn Festival, the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, The International Horn Symposium in Denver, Fearless Audition Training for Hornists with Jeff Nelsen, and Baroque Trumpet making workshop with Robert Barclay and Richard Seraphinoff.  Deanna is currently back home in North Dakota working on completing her final document while helping with the family business and taking auditions.  Away from the Horn, she enjoys running and playing with her little dog.

hendersonKurtis Henderson having earned his bachelors degree in horn performance, has studied with Jeff Nelsen and completed a performers diploma in 2007. Kurtis is currently a Horn Section Leader in the US Navy, Navy Band Southwest (San Diego, CA), and was a Naval Recruit Training Command Honor Graduate.

 


Lauren Hughes is  finishing a Doctorate of Music in Brass Pedagogy. Lauren currently holds the position sof Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI as well as Adjunct Professor of Horn.  She has performed with the Marion Symphony, the Orkestra Projekt of Indianapolis, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, Mobile Symphony, and the Athens Symphony. Lauren can be reached at laehughe@iupui.edu.

huizengaTimothy Huizenga earned his Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field in 2007 in the horn studio of Myron Bloom. He then pursued and earned a performers diploma with Jeff Nelsen in 2008.  Huizenga won a seat in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2008 but chose to perform with the United States Army Field Band instead. He was also the Principal Horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic from 2006 - 2008, and can be contacted at: trhuizenga@gmail.com

reemOriginally from Macomb, Illinois, John Reem earned his Bachelor of Music degrees in Horn Performance and Music Composition at Western Illinois University. His primary horn teacher has been Dr. Randall Faust. While at WIU, he participated in Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Marching Band. John has also performed as Assistant Principal Horn of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Lausitzer Opernsommer (Germany) and Section Horn of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared twice as a soloist with the WIU Symphony Orchestra, performing Lars-Erik Larsson’s Concertino for Horn and Strings and Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück für vier Hörner.

John is a member of the International Horn Society and has attended the symposia in Cape Town (2006) and Macomb (2009). He also is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In his spare time, John enjoys watching movies, in addition to following college and professional sports. He is an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers, in addition to the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins.  He also enjoys University of Michigan sports, and is learning to love Indiana University sports as well.

On a personal note, John is extremely proud and excited having finished his Master of Music degree as a member of the IU Horn Studio, and is equally excited and blessed to have studied with Richard Seraphinoff. 

jreem@umail.iu.edu

reuterJessica Reuter earned her Masters Degree in Horn performance with an emphasis on the Natural Horn in 2009 in the studio of Richard Seraphinoff. Having served as the principal horn for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic from 2008 - 2009, Jessica is currently the Adjunct Professor of Horn at the Southeast Missouri State University. She can be contacted at jreuter@semo.edu. 


thomanJessie Thoman earned her Doctor of Music in Brass Pedagogy and Literature degree (2006) and a performers diploma studying with Jeff Nelsen.  Currently Thoman is in Reno as the Professor of horn at the University of Nevada.  She is also an in demand hornist as a member of the Mirai Brass Quintet, and has served as the principle horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra.  Thoman is also a member of the Musicians Council and Artistic Committee Member, and can be contacted at jkthoman@gmail.com.  You can view her website at http://jessiethoman.com  

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Ericka Tyner is excited to have completed her doctoral studies in Brass Pedagogy this year at Indiana University.  A former Associate Instructor of Horn for the Jacobs School of Music, Ericka is currently researching the role of opera excerpts in recent American horn pedagogy for the final project of her degree. This year she will also appear as a guest artist and masterclass lecturer at several colleges and universities throughout the Southeastern United States. Before coming to Indiana, Ericka served as the Instructor of Horn at the Petrie School of Music at Converse College. Equally at home in the classroom or private studio, she also enjoyed teaching multiple sections of Music Theory and Music Appreciation courses during her tenure in South Carolina.

This summer Ericka placed first in her division at the 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition in Toronto, Ontario. Also a past winner of the Southeast Horn Workshop Horn Quartet Competition, she still enjoys chamber music collaborations and most recently appeared with the Indiana University Associate Instructor Brass Quintet. Other musical experiences include summers in residence at the Performing Arts Institute, a European tour with the Converse College Woodwind Quintet, a solo appearance with the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, and participation at the Brevard Music Festival. As an orchestral hornist, she has performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Columbus (IN) Symphony, the Camerata Orchestra, the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Heritage Chamber Orchestra.

Away from the horn, Ericka enjoys cooking, knitting funky scarves and watching football. A true oenophile, she also enjoys indulging in gourmet cheeses and learning about wine.

estyner@umail.iu.edu

  • 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition
    • Winner, Division III (Horn)
    • Third Place, Grand Finale Round
  • Camerata Orchestra, Substitute Horn (2010)

  • Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Substitute Horn (2009-2010)

  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Substitute Horn

  • Bloomington Pops Orchestra, Substitute Horn

yoderErin Yoder is a native of Goshen, Indiana, where she attended Goshen College and earned degrees in both music performance and biology.  In addition, she graduated from Northwestern University with a master of music performance in horn.  Erin has studied with David Mosley, Bruce Heim, Barry Benjamin, and Arnold Jacobs.  She taught applied horn lessons at both Bethel College and Goshen College, and played principal horn in the Maple City Chamber Orchestra.  Erin is currently studying at Indiana University with Myron Bloom (modern horn), Richard Seraphinoff (natural horn), and working toward a doctorate in brass pedagogy.

eeyoder@indiana.edu

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