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.
- Burke Anderson: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Layne Anspach: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Jesse Clevenger: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Torrey D'Angelo: BM, Studio Bloom
- William Dickinson: BM, Studio Bloom
- Michael Digatano: BME, Sudio Bloom
- Eric Dumouchelle: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Elliot Edwards: BM, Studio Bloom
- Zach Jakubiak: BM, Studio Bloom
- Emily Kinnunen: BM, Studio Bloom
- Jamie Leff: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Dylan Marshall: BME, Studio Bloom
- Raleigh Mostov: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Charlotte O'Connor: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Stephanie Reusch: BME, Studio Nelsen
- Laurel Roseborrough: BM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Sarah Sutton: BM, Studio Bloom
- Anna Thomason: BM, Studio Bloom
- Katie Upton: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Cameron Wray: BM, Studio Nelsen
- Tracy Bass: MM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Deanna Carpenter: DM Candidate, Studio Nelsen
- Jason Chilson: MM, Studio Seraphinoff
- Ashley Cumming: DM, Studio Nelsen
- Jeff Dunford: DM, Studio Bloom
- Ben Harris: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Mark Holodak: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Olivier Huebscher: Brass Graduate Assisstant - MM, Studio Nelsen
- Clark Lucien Hutchinson: PD, Studio Nelsen
- Kenji Ulmer: MM, Studio Nelsen
- Mike Walker: Associate Instructor - DM, Studio Nelsen
- Lucas Workman: MM, Studio Nelsen
Layne Anspach is from Elkhart, Indiana. He has been principal of the Elkhart Central High School Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra all four years of attendance. He has also been privileged to play in the Elkhart County Youth Honors Orchestra for five years. Layne was selected to perform with the Indiana All-State Band in 2009 and 2010, the Indiana All-State Honor Band in 2011 as Principal, and the Indiana All-State Orchestra in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Layne won the Elkhart County Symphony's Concerto Competition in which he performed the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto #1, Allegro. He has been critiqued by Bernhard Scully as a result of winning the 2011 Western Michigan University's Horn Day Solo Competition. Layne has received the John Phillip Sousa award from his high school twice. In his free time, Layne enjoys playing bass guitar and sports. Layne will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Horn Performance and is thrilled to be studying with Professor Seraphinoff.
Jesse Clevenger is a Junior attending the Jacobs School of Music for Horn Performance. Before coming here, he played with the Midwest Young Artists Youth Symphony and Chicago Youth Symphony. The New Trier High School Bands and Orchestras were also crucial parts of his musical training. Jesse has attended a number of All State Band festivals as well as touring through several countries in South America with the Chicago Youth Symphony. Since arriving at Indiana University, Jesse has continued to love the performance of orchestral and chamber music. He aspires to work in any one of the great symphonies around the world. Recently, Jesse had the privilege and pleasure of performing several concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as an extra. Jesse enjoys camping and climbing in the Olympic Mountain Ranges of Washington State, watching lots of movies, reading books, cooking, and being with his wonderful friends.
Torrey D'Angelo is a Horn Performance major from Long Island, New York. She graduated from Mount Sinai High School in 2010 where she was principal horn of the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. On Long Island she also participated in many All County festivals. Torrey has played with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra from 2007 to 2010. Torrey loves performing and listening to chamber music. Since coming to Indiana University, she has performed with the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band. In addition to horn, Torrey has participated in several Model United Nations conferences, was a competitive swimmer, loves reading and enjoys spending time with friends. Torrey is happy to continue her studies at IU as a student of Professor Bloom.
William Dickinson was principal horn with the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at the Neighborhood Music School in Connecticut. He was also a member of the NMS Premier Wind Quintet. In the summer of 2007, Will attended the Interlochen Horn Institute and performed with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Orchestra. He has also been a guest artist with the Choate Rosemary Hall Chamber Orchestra, accompanying them on two trips to Europe. Throughout high school, he attended the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT where he studied music theory and composition and performed in numerous ensembles both on the horn and as a singer.
Will began his musical career at age 8 as a member of the Trinity Boys Choir of Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, CT. His first instrument was the piano. He has participated in master classes with Willie Ruff, Michelle Perry, Thomas Bacon, Julie Landsman, Daniel Katzen, Randall Faust, Julie Schleif, and Jason Snider, among others. Will made All-State twice in Connecticut and was the principal horn in the 2008 CT Southern Region High School Music Festival Orchestra. He won the 2007 Neighborhood Music School Concerto Competition and was one of three finalists for the 2007 Stamford Symphony Instrumental Scholarship Competition. In addition to his music, Will is an enormous cinema lover and adores the comedy of The Simpsons and Seinfeld. He looks forward to being a part of Professor Bloom’s studio.
Michael Digatono is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Lincoln High School, where he was principal horn both of the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. While in high school, he also enjoyed playing mellophone in the highly regarded LHS Marching Band, chosen to be the lead band in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. Michael performed as principal horn with the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra, and assistant principal with the Dakota Academy for the Performing Arts. He was a member of South Dakota All-State Band for four years, principal horn his senior year, and All-State Orchestra for three years, principal the last two years. In addition, he was a member of two brass quintets and performed with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. Although Michael has studied horn for eight years, he studied violin for nine, and he continues to enjoy playing the violin, especially with his church worship team. He also enjoys biking, softball, and hanging out with friends. Michael will be majoring in music education and looks forward to the privilege of studying with Professor Myron Bloom.
Eric Dumouchelle, from Dublin, Ohio, has played the horn since sixth grade and will be a sophomore in Fall 2011, studying with Professor Nelsen. In addition to having played in his school band and orchestra, he was a part of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, the OMEA All-State Orchestra and Band, and the New Albany Symphony Orchestra during his high school career. Eric received first place at the Heidelberg University Pacesetter Competition, in the Senior Instrumental division. In the summer of 2009, he attended Interlochen Arts Camp as an Emerson Scholar and played in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. This past summer, Eric was a part of the National Music Festival in Floyd, VA, and the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, WA. He has an affinity for Russian music, especially Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, who are his two favorite composers. Outside of music, Eric enjoys listening to all types of music and spending time with his closest friends. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance and is extremely excited to be back in Bloomington for a new year!
Emily Kinnunen, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be a freshman at IU this fall and will pursue a degree in Music Education. She attended Gateway High School and performed as principal horn in the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Orchestra. While in High School, Emily participated in the River City Youth Brass Band and Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra, serving as principal horn in her junior and senior years. Emily has also performed with the Musicians Concert Band and the Pittsburgh Horn Club. In 2010 and 2011, Emily won the WYSO Concerto Competition. Emily was selected to perform with the PMEA All-State and Honors ensembles from 2008-2011 and the 2009 Macy’s Great American Marching Band on Thanksgiving Day in NYC. She has danced for 16 years and was an active member on her school’s National History Day Team, placing ninth in the nation for her senior project. Outside of Horn, Emily enjoys watching DCI shows, the Pittsburgh Steelers, spending time with her closest friends, and playing with her puppy, Mickey.
Jamie Leff grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, being privileged to live less than an hour from the Chicago Symphony! She played principal horn in Buffalo Grove High School’s Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. She also participated in Marching and Pep Band, Jazz Band, District 214 Honors Band and Orchestra, auditioned into IMEA district VII Band and Orchestra, and received the Director’s Award in Band. Outside of school, she was a part of Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra and played in her MYA quintet, “The Brass is Half Full.” She also had the incredible experience of playing in a masterclass for Dale Clevenger and playing under Gustavo Dudamel’s direction in the Chicago Youth Music Initiative. She adores playing and listening to chamber music, playing basketball, running, meeting new people, and loves the CSO! Jamie is in the class of 2013 at The Jacobs School of Music and is studying horn performance with Jeff Nelsen. In the Fall semester of 2011, she will be studying abroad in Vienna with the third horn in the Wiener Philharmoniker! But can’t wait to meet all the new horns when she returns!
Dylan Marshall is a music education major, with a large personal focus in performance. He has been principal horn of the Seekonk High School Concert, Pep, and Jazz bands all 4 years of attendance. In addition, he was accepted into Southeastern Massachusetts's Senior District Festival all four years of high school, obtaining the positions of principal in band as well as orchestra. In his junior and senior year of high school, he was accepted into the Massachusetts All-State Festival and had the opportunity to play in Boston's Symphony Hall. This past year he was principal horn of the Massachusetts All-State Band. Throughout the years he has played in many local festivals at places such as Providence College and Rhode Island College of Fine Arts. Dylan has also played in many year round ensembles. He has been principal horn of the Rhode Island Youth Senior Wind Ensemble for the past three years, as well as principal and 3rd horn of the Rhode Island Youth Symphony Orchestra. Throughout 2009-2010 he was involved in many semi-professional organizations including the Fall River Symphony, the Marion Band, and the Tri-County Symphonic Band, in which he was principal horn. For the summers of 2008 and 2009 Dylan attended the Interlochen Summer program. In 2008 he played in the World Youth Wind Symphony under esteemed directors and composers such as Jerry Junkin and Frank Ticheli. In the summer of 2009 he played 2nd horn in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. In his final year of High School, Dylan Marshall was involved in ensembles at New England Conservatory in Boston including the Youth Brass Ensemble, under the direction of horn player Eli Epstein, as well as the prestigious Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Grammy nominated Benjamin Zander. He is currently a student of Myron Bloom. Dylan enjoys other activities such as hanging out with friends, playing pool, bowling, and waterskiing.
Raleigh Mostov, originally from Dublin, Ohio, is a sophomore Music Education major and studies with Professor Nelsen. She began playing the horn when she was in 4th grade and has loved it ever since. At IU, she has already been a part of Symphony Orchestra, Marching Hundred, and Big Red Basketball Band. In high school, she participated in a number of groups such as the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, OMEA All-State Orchestra, and The OSU Honor Band. She chose to apply to IU after attending and loving the IU Summer Music Clinic for two years. Aside from all kinds of music, Raleigh also enjoys anything outside, working out, and watching the food network with firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte O’Connor is from Plano, Texas and a 2011graduate of Plano West Senior High School where she was the principal horn of the PWSH Wind Ensemble and PWSH Orchestra. She was also a member of the TMEA All-State Philharmonic Orchestra and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Charlotte was Drum Major of the PWSH Marching Band her senior year and also in her sophomore year for the Shepton High School Marching Band. She has received the nationally recognized John Phillip Sousa Award and Festival Disney Outstanding Concert Soloist Award, as well as many TMEA Solo & Ensemble awards.
Charlotte has attended summer programs at the Interlochen School of the Arts and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She is honored to have been named a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar and be a member of Studio Nelson as she fearlessly pursues a Horn Performance major.
In her free time, Charlotte enjoys cupcakes, Starbuck’s, working out, and concerts - especially when they are shared with friends. View her website at www.charlotte-horn.com
Stephanie Reusch is a sophomore at Indiana University studying music education. Stephanie was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and graduated from Mount Rainier High School in 2011. She began her studies in music on the violin at the age of 5 and switched to the horn at age 12 due to the lack of strings program at her middle school. She began lessons under Matthew Kruse and after some time decided to make horn her primary instrument. Throughout high school, Stephanie had participated in All-State and All-Northwest ensembles, both regional and state-wide Solo and Ensemble competitions, and ensembles such as the Normandy Park Youth Orchestra, the Tacoma Youth Symphony and the Mount Rainier High School Wind Ensemble. Certain honors Stephanie has achieved include winning the 2010 Tacoma Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and receiving composite superior ratings at State Solo and Ensemble Competitions in 2010 and 2011. Aside from the horn, Stephanie enjoys watching hawks, ospreys (when she is home in Seattle), eagles and other raptors of the air soar gloriously and majestically over the countryside in search of their ill-fated prey.Laurel Roseborrough is a junior at Indiana University, where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in horn performance under the instruction of Richard Seraphinoff. Originally from Southlake, Texas, she was a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program from 2006 to 2010. In 2009, Laurel won the GDYO Concerto Competition with the performance of “Konzertstuck for four horns” by Schumann. She performed this live on the Dallas classical music radio station “WRR 101.1," in addition to performing it live in concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
Sara Sutton is excited to begin her sophomore year at IU as a Horn Performance major. Since both of her parents and most of her extended family are from Indiana, she is happy to become a real Hoosier. She is a native of the small town Tipp City, Ohio where she attended Tippecanoe High School. She was a four year member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, in which she was principal for two years. In the Spring of 2009, Sara was a winner of the Dayton Public Radio Young Talent Search. She was a member of the 2009 OMEA All-State Band and principal of the 2010 OMEA All-State Orchestra. She loves to play in musicals and has participated in several pit orchestras through both her high school and Muse Machine of Dayton. Aside from horn, Sara is a self taught acoustic guitarist and has an eclectic taste in music. Just a few of her favorite artists include Ben Folds, The Decemberists, and Regina Spektor. She loves to analyze books and movies in depth and is a huge fan of Redbox as well as the independent movie theatre, The Neon, in Dayton, Ohio.
Anna Thomason is from Spartanburg, SC. She is a sophomore studying horn performance with Myron Bloom. Anna attended Dorman High School and served in leadership positions in the HS Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble (State Champions 2007 & 2009). Anna studied trumpet in middle school, and began playing French horn in concert season of her 9th grade year. She said learning to play the French horn with no private lessons and only a fellow 9th grade mentor was the hardest thing she's done. She had an epiphany moment in 10th grade that playing the French horn was her life's pursuit and she wanted to be the best horn player possible. She began studying with George Wenger, and played every opportunity available: Dorman Wind Ensemble (4yrs) principal horn (2yrs), SC Region Band (3yrs), SC All State Band (1yr), horn soloist with Dorman Symphony Orchestra (1yr), Spartanburg Community Band (3yrs); Converse College Wind Ensemble (2 yrs), Southeastern Horn Workshop (1yr) and Carolina Youth Symphony (1yr). She was privileged to perform in Carnegie Hall in March 2010 with the Carolina Youth Symphony. Anna received the nationally recognized John Phillips Sousa Award. Anna has toured this summer with Carolina Crown, a DCI world class drum and bugle corp.
Anna believes music can be used to express a life, a feeling, or something only comprehensible in the language of sound - that is why she has dedicated her life to the pursuit of music.
Katie Upton is from Des Moines, Iowa and is majoring in horn performance in the class of 2014. She attended Johnston High School and was a four-year Iowa All-Stater and a four-year member of the Honor Band and Honor Orchestra of America. Katie was the horn winner of the 2009 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and was the overall winner of the 2010 Des Moines Symphony Concerto Competition. She also enjoys playing the trumpet and was a two-year member of the Iowa Allstate Jazz Band.
Katie started playing the piano when she was six but turned her attention towards brass when she was 10. She begged her mom to let her use her savings to buy a used trumpet from a local music store and was perfectly content for a year until she heard the horn for the first time. She immediately went home and begged her parents to let her learn to play it. She couldn't be happier than to have discovered her love for the horn and to be able to continue pursuing education on the instrument in college. Check out her website at www.katieupton.org!
Cameron Wray grew up in Ventura, CA and is thrilled to be entering Indiana University as an undergraduate performance major as part of Studio Nelsen. Cameron began playing piano at the age of eight, but by
the time he turned 14, the horn had become his primary instrument. While living in Ventura, Cameron performed as principal horn in the Ventura High School Wind Ensemble, the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra, the Ventura College Jazz Band, and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, with whom he was honored to perform Mozart's Second Horn Concerto in 2011. Cameron has also participated in the Ventura County Honor Band and the California All-State Ensembles, and has spent five summers at the Music Academy of the West's Merit Program.
In his spare time, Cameron enjoys traveling, reading, watching
television and movies, and spending time with all of his wonderful
friends and family!
Tracy Bass is originally from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina and is a 2010 graduate of Appalachian State University where he earned a bachelors degree in Music Performance. At Appalachian State University, Tracy was fortunate to be a member of the Appalachian State University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Collegium Musicum, Horn Choir, Brass Choir, and many other various chamber ensembles. His primary teacher at Appalachian was Karen L. Robertson and he has also studied with John McGuire, Allison Kiesler, Anneka Zuehlike, and William Scharnberg.
Tracy is a current member of the International Horn Society and has attended the 2008 and 2009 International Horn Symposiums, as well as the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Southeast Horn Workshops. Outside of music, Tracy enjoys spending his free time outside hiking, running, hammocking, and canoeing. He is very excited to begin his studies this fall at Indiana University pursuing his Master’s Degree in Music Performance and can’t wait to see what his future has in store for him.
Deanna 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.
Jason Chilson began playing the French horn when he was 14 years old in the small town of Challis, Idaho. In less than two years of playing the horn he was already playing at the state level and during his senior year of high school placed 1st at the Idaho state concerto competition. He has also performed with many state and national level bands including the Idaho State University Honor Band, Idaho All-State Band, the National FFA Band, and the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus.
After graduating from high school in 2006 Jason continued with his musical education at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho majoring in music performance. He performed with many different bands and ensembles during his time at the University of Idaho such as the U of I Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra which he sat principle from 2007-2011, the U of I Wind Quintet, U of I Horn Ensemble, U of I Brass Choir, and the Idaho Composers Ensemble which is a jazz dectet made up of various non-traditional jazz instruments which its members compose original compositions for the group to perform. He also performed at the Collegiate Band Directors National Association Conference West/Northwest division as co-principle. And during the 2010-2011 season played third horn for the Washington-Idaho Symphony. Jason has also performed at many concerto competitions throughout his college career including the U of I Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Coeur D’ Alene Symphony Concerto Competition making it into the finals multiple times.
Even though Jason was an involved musician he still found time to be an active member in the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. He has held many positions within his fraternity including Awards Chairman, Housing Chairman, Alumni Relations Chairman, Secretary, and Vice President. He was also the President of the U of I chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Ashley Cumming is an in-demand hornist hailing from Cambridge, Ontario. Ashley has been featured as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician worldwide, includind principal horn with the Aradia Ensemble in Sulmona, Italy, and section horn with the UANL Symphony Orchestra in Monterrey, Mexico, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Danville Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montreal, Quebec. She was a featured soloist at the International Women's Brass Conference and was a concerto soloist with the Sooke Philharmonic in British Columbia and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra in Ontario. She has performed in prestigious programs such as the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts Summer Masterclasses, and International Sommerakademie in Austria. Maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Ashley is the brass instructor at Vincennes University and horn and high brass techniques instructor at Marian University, while teaching privately throughout Indiana. Ashley completed her coursework at Indiana University for her Doctorate of Music and was the Brass Graduate Assistant from 2010-2012. She studies with Jeff Nelsen, Dale Clevenger and natural horn with Rick Seraphinoff. Ashley earned her Master of Music in Performance with Kurt Kellan at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and her Bachelor of Music in Performance with Nina Brickman at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. In her free time, Ashley enjoys great friends, traveling, cooking, dance, golf and running. For more information, visit www.ashleycumming.com.
Jeff Dunford is a native of Ohio, having earned his undergraduate degree in music education from The Ohio State University. Jeff taught public schools in northwest Ohio before earning his masters degree in music education at Bowling Green State University. Jeff is currently pursuing and thoroughly enjoying his second year of doctoral studies in horn performance with Myron Bloom. He is also taking coursework towards earning a minor in music education and a second minor in wind band conducting. Jeff has studied the horn since the fifth grade, and been taught by Charles Waddell, Larry Lowe, Andrew Pelletier, and Myron Bloom. His performance career has taken him from playing in community orchestras in Ohio and Indiana, to making his Carnegie Hall debut in the summer of 2008 with the National Wind Ensemble under H. Robert Reynolds. Jeff and his wife, Janey, are proud parents of five beautiful children!
Ben Harris is starting his MM at IU with Dale Clevenger and is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University. During his time at SPU, Ben studiedwith Rodger Burnett. Ben was principal horn of the Thalia Symphonyfrom 2009-2011 and played principal in the SPU Wind Symphony for four years. He has also appeared in concerts with the Lake Union CivicOrchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bellevue Opera. Ben hasstudied under the teaching of Bob Bonnevie, Jim Weaver, and Jeff Fair. Aside from horn playing, Ben loves wine, soccer and cycling.
Mark Holodak is a graduate of the Class of 2010 from C.W. Post Long Island University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors program with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and the studio of Sharon Moe. He is currently attending Indiana University in his second year of pursuing his Master of Music Degree in Horn Performance as a member of the studio of Jeffrey Nelsen. He has most recently been a member of the Ridgewood Concert Band of Ridgewood, New Jersey, a professional concert band comprised of freelance musicians, music educators and graduated music students. He currently performs on a Dieter Otto 180JN horn. His ultimate goal upon completion of his degree is to seek employment as a concert hornist. Aside from music, he enjoys playing golf and stopping pucks when playing ice hockey goalie.
Olivier Huebscher is starting his first year of the MM program and is graduate of the Universityof Redlands in Redlands California, but he was born in Biel, Switzerland and maintains his Swiss-citizenship. He has studying with Laura Brenes and Thomas Mueller, natural horn specialist and Principal of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Bern Symphony Orchestra. At the University of Redlands, Olivier has served as Principal horn for the school's Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as well as Associate Principal and 4th horn for the Redlands Symphony Orchestrafor 4 years. Last year he earned a spot in the prestigious University of Redlands President's Honor Recital. In addition, Olivier has been an extremely active chamber musician. He was the founding member of the University of Redlands Horn Ensemble. Olivier has performed with the Watchorn Trioat the Redlands Chamber society's young artists concert. Olivier was also a member of the UniversityChapel Singers and has performed in international festivals with that group.Olivier also has a love of mentoring and community service. He has served as CommunityService Coordinator, Treasurer and Vice President for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He also was the Recipient of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service for the 2008/2009 academicyear, and he served as Peer Advisor for Dr. David Scott's freshman seminar class which provided a wonderful opportunity to mentor new students.
Kenji Ulmer graduated in 2010 with a BA in instrumental performance from the University of Washington , where he studied under Prof. David Kappy. From 2007 through 2009 he studied with Mark Robbins, assistant principal horn of the Seattle Symphony, and in 2009 at the Texas Music Festival with Roger Kaza, principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony. He served for three years as principal horn in both the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra and the University Wind Ensemble, with which he toured Japan in spring, 2010. In 2009-2010 he was named principal horn for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra.
A passionate golfer, Kenji spends the bulk of his free time in a bunker understanding the profound relationship between the French horn, a sloped green, and a wedge shot from thirty-five yards.
Michael Walker California raised hornist Mike Walker is passionate about life, beer-making, french horn and all genres of music. His ultimate goal is to ignite the power of music in his students and audiences. Mike is the founder of Studio Forza, Second Horn in Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Associate Instructor of Horn at the prestigious Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music.Mike earned his Bachelors Degree from San José State University and his Master's Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Mike is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in horn with a minor in music history and natural horn. Mr. Walker currently studies horn with Jeff Nelsen, Dale Clevenger and natural horn with Rick Seraphinoff. Equally at home in an orchestra, Mr. Walker has performed with the Utah Festival Opera, Bel Canto Institute, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Wind Symphony and is a performing artist with Melos Music. Mike is enjoying having teamed up with his opera singing wife Katie Dukes to create. Studio Forza, through which the Bloomington community is getting a loving earful of their creative juices!
Lucas Workman received his Bachelors of Music in performance from Capital University in the spring of 2011 where he studied with Nicolas J. Perrini, Elisa Belck, Julia Rose, and Kimberly McCann. Lucas was previously the principal horn player for the Capital University Symphonic Winds and the Capital/Bexley Community Orchestra from the spring of 2009 to the spring of 2011. In the fall of 2010 he was selected to play Mahler’s 1st Symphony with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra for their season opening concert. Lucas will be entering his first year at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in pursuit of his Masters in Music as a member of Studio Nelsen. Outside of music and the horn, Lucas enjoys the hobby of model aviation, auto-racing, video games, cooking, and watching movies.