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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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anspachLayne 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.

Isabel Carton is a sophomore at IU who grew up in Rockville, Maryland and graduated with the class of 2012 from Walter Johnson High School. Throughout high school Isabel was principal horn of the WJ Symphonic Orchestra, participated in her school’s Wind Ensemble and Pit Orchestra, and was selected for both Maryland All-State Senior Band and All-State Senior Chorus. With her high school orchestra she played at the MENC All-Eastern Convention and competed in the National School Orchestra Championship at Lincoln Center. At IU she is double majoring in Horn Performance and Business Economics, and is very excited to be continuing her horn studies with Professor Bloom. In her free time Isabel enjoys traveling around Indiana as a member of the Singing Hoosiers and Hooshir.

d'angeloTorrey D’Angelo is entering her senior year at Indiana University studying horn performance with Richard Seraphinoff. She is originally from Long Island, New York where she attended Mount Sinai High School and played with New York Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Since coming to IU, Torrey has studied the natural horn, played in many chamber music groups, and performed with the Chamber, Summer Symphony, University, and Symphony Orchestras. After college, Torrey hopes to pursue a career in teaching. Aside from horn, she enjoys trying new recipes, reading, exercising, and spending time with her closest friends

digatanoMichael 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 senior in Fall 2013, studying with Professor Clevenger. 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. In the summer of 2011, Eric was a part of the National Music Festival in Floyd, VA, and the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, WA.  Eric was lucky enough to have spent six weeks in Europe in 2012, taking lessons with prominent horn players, and attending concerts and rehearsals. He also was a member of the 2012 Interlochen Ensemble. 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 his final year!

emoryAndrew Emory was raised in  Bellevue Nebraska, home of Offutt Air Force Base. He is an alumni of Interlochen Center of the Arts Summer Camp where I was in the 2010 Summer Band program and the 2009 Horn Institute. He graduated from Bellevue West High School where he was in the Wind Ensemble, marching band,  musical pit, musical cast member, and West High Singers.  He also participated in the Lincoln Winter Winds Festival and was in various brass and woodwind quintets.  Most importantly, he is now studying the horn with Myron Bloom at Indiana University's Jacob's School of Music. Alongside with his musical studies he is also pursing deeper knowledge in entrepreneurship and small business, transferring concepts and ideas from the practice room to to the business world.

David Fenner found the French horn in the 5th grade, and through the years grew a passion for it and music.  Through school, he has performed with many ensembles like the Peoria Symphony, the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, and other various ensembles. His ultimate dream is to perform as a studio musician and record the soundtracks to various media outlets, particularly movies.  David is also passionate about creating instruments and hopes to develop and repair horns.  When he is not playing, David enjoys spending time with his friends, reading books, and brewing coffee.

georgiadisEleni Georgiadis, who hails from Carmel, Indiana, is a freshman at Indiana University, pursuing the BSOF degree in Horn performance and Biochemistry.  Eleni has studied horn for seven years under the wonderful tutelage of Janet Miller and is excited to continue her studies next year with Professor Clevenger.  Over the years, Eleni has played in many school, community, and state bands and orchestras, including the New World Youth Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Side by Side Orchestra, Indiana All-State Honor Band, Indiana Wind Symphony, and pretty much every performing ensemble at Carmel High School.  In addition to serving as principal of all the aforementioned groups, Eleni has received the John Phillip Sousa Band Award, the Debbie Mangueson outstanding performer award, and the Carmel High School Top Performer Award, in addition to being privileged to perform the Gliere Horn Concerto (movement 1) with the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra.  When she is not playing her horn, Eleni enjoys running, hiking, baking, and knitting, but not concurrently.

Paige KibblerPaige Kibbler began playing Horn eight years ago under the influence of her brother and mother, who also play horn. She hails from North of Chicago in Illinois.  In the last four years she has performed in Chicago and around the world with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Illinois Music Educators Association’s Allstate Honors Band and Orchestra, the Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra.  In addition to her pursuits on Horn, she is also active in choir and theatre.  She is currently attending Indiana University Jacob's School of Music as a music education major with a focus in Band.


Emily Kinnunen,originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a junior at IU and is pursuing a degree in Music Education and Ethnomusicology. She attended Gateway High School and performed as principal horn in the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Orchestra. Emily has also performed with the Musicians Concert Band, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, River City Brass, and the Pittsburgh Horn Club. In 2010 and 2011, Emily won the WYSO Concerto Competition and was a featured soloist with the River City Youth Brass Band. Since coming to IU, Emily has performed with the Symphonic Band, IU’s three Athletic Bands, Chamber Orchestra, International Vocal Ensemble, Brass Choir, and various chamber and Adhoc recital groups. Besides studying horn with Myron Bloom, Emily is also studying voice. Besides music, Emily has also danced for the past 18 years and is now involved with the IU Tap Company and IU’s Ballroom Dance Competition Team. Outside of the performing arts, Emily is an avid cupcake baker, an extreme Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers Fan, a lover of all things to do with Disney, and enjoys playing with her puppy, Mickey!

marshallDylan Marshall
is currently a senior studying with Mr. Bloom, and is a BSOF student majoring in music performance with an outside field in business. In high school Dylan performed in the Rhode Island and Boston areas, playing in the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at New England Conservatory, directed by Benjamin Zander. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Dylan went to the Interlochen summer camp for the arts, playing in the World Youth Wind Ensemble in ’08, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in ’09. Dylan was also the recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Band award. During his senior year, Dylan is looking forward to continuing his studies with Mr. Bloom, playing in chamber groups, and enjoying the beautiful IU campus. In his free time, Dylan enjoys hanging out with friends, playing pool, watching the Patriots and the Bruins, and being outdoors.

mostovRaleigh 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 jealousy. 


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

Lauren Patin is an incoming freshman horn performance major in Studio Nelsen. Born and raised in Texas, Lauren served as principal horn for the Sherman High School Wind Ensemble her freshman year; however, in 2010 she moved to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois where she graduated from Normal Community West High School. While studying under Danielle Fisher, Lauren was the principal horn in the Normal West Wind Ensemble where she was a part of the world premier of Roy Magnuson's piece "...and we all go together" in 2011. In addition to playing in her school's wind ensemble, Lauren also performed in the Normal West chamber winds and participated in the Twin City Honor Band. When not playing horn, Lauren also enjoys swimming, playing piano, and hanging out with her friends and family.

Laurel Roseborrough is a senior 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. Upon entering IU, Laurel was among 12 students to be named a 2010-2011 Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar. Aside from horn, Laurel enjoys reading, knitting, watching movies, and writing in third person.

suttonSara 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.

thomasonAnna 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.

Sonia Villanueva, originally from Fort Worth, Texas, is a sophomore at Indiana University studying horn performance with Professor Nelsen. She graduated from Keller Central High School, where she was principal of the Wind Ensemble and a member of the TMEA region/area ensembles. She was also an active member of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra where she performed a six-concert tour across Germany in the summer of 2012. Prior to studying horn, she studied piano for four years and continues to play for fun. Aside from music she enjoys travelling, spending time with friends, working out, and aspires to run a half marathon.

Alex Wahl is delighted to start his BME as part of Studio Nelsen in the fall of 2013. Although born in Norway, he 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. He looks forward to continue an emphasis in performance 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.

Cameron WrayCameron 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!

Graduate Biographies

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Peter Bailey is in his 2nd year as a masters student in Horn performance here at Indiana University, where he studies with Jeff Nelsen. Before coming here Peter received  his B.M. from the University of Michigan where he studied with Adam Unsworth, and Bryan Kennedy.  In his free time Peter enjoys practicing, cause lets be honest as a grad student there is no free time.

Emily Borra is a second year Masters student in Studio Seraphinoff.  She is dual degree seeking student for a Masters of Music in Horn and Masters of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  She holds a Jacobs General Fellowship and a Graduate Assistantship as the Graduate Supervisor of Ashton Residence Center.
Emily grew up in Side Lake, a small town in northern Minnesota.  In 2012, she graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Superior with a BM in horn performance.  While there, she served as principal horn of the school’s Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Chamber Wind Ensemble.  In 2012, she won the UWS Concerto Competition with the performance of Gliere’s Horn Concerto.  Emily has worked for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Duluth Playhouse, and Renegade Theatre Company, in addition to maintaining her active freelancing schedule.  In the summer, Emily regularly attends the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.  Since coming to IU, she has performed with the University Orchestra, Concert Band, and Brass Choir.
Being interested in student development and leadership, Emily is excited to ignite a connection between Music and Higher Education.  Apart from IU, Emily loves exploring the great outdoors and enjoying life.

Sam Crocker, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in horn performance from DePauw University and is currently pursuing his Master’s in performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In 2011, he was awarded the Presser Foundation Scholarship and selected to join the Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society. In that same year, he was both chosen as a winner of the DePauw University Concerto Competition and was featured as horn soloist with the DePauw University Chamber Singers. Sam has also appeared with the Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and University Band at DePauw, as well as been a member of chamber groups such as the Blaine Brass Quintet, the "Just Slightly" Woodwind Quintet, and the Cor 4 Horn Quartet. In 2012, he established Duo 231 with IU bassoonist Ariel Detwiler, and together they focus on advocating new composers and on creating a more relaxed concert environment. Outside of performing, Sam has spent time as a producer of the Music For Life radio show on WGRE based in Greencastle, Indiana and was an intern for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies in Minnesota. Sam’s previous teachers include Ellen Dinwiddie-Smith, Marjory Black, and Robert Danforth, and he currently studies with Jeff Nelsen at IU. Apart from music, Sam is an avid Minnesota Vikings football fan and loves Chipotle burritos.

I-Ping Chiu, a native of Taichung, Taiwan, is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University under the instruction of Myron Bloom and Richard Seraphinoff. She completed her MM at Indiana University and holds a BM from Taipei National University of the Arts studying with Szu-Yuan Chuang. I-Ping has performed with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. While at Indiana University, she was a semi-finalist in the International Horn Competition of America (2013) and performed the Gliere Horn Concerto with the IU Adhoc Symphony Orchestra. I-Ping has also attended many international music festivals such as the Kirishima International Music Festival in Kagoshima, Japan where she studied with Takato Saijo (Principal Horn of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra) and the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival in Shizuoka, Japan where she studied with Jeff Nelson (former Canadian Brass member and IU faculty). She has also studied with Takeshi Hidaka (former Principal Horn of NHK Symphony Orchestra) and Nagahisa Kasamatsu (former Principal Horn of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra).

Mike Drennan is from Buffalo, NY and graduated from Ithaca College in 2010. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Education, studying with Alex Shuhan. While at Ithaca, he performed as principal horn in the Wind Ensemble and the Chamber Orchestra, as well as the student brass quintet, Five Cents Sharp. Since graduating, Mike has had various teaching positions in Buffalo, NY and in Annapolis, MD. He has also performed with groups such as Opera Sacra, and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, both in Buffalo, NY.

Sara Ford Sara Ford, a native of Manhattan Beach, California, has been playing the French horn for 10 years. During this time, she has played with many groups in the Los Angeles area including the American Youth Symphony, Debut Orchestra, and several regional orchestras. Recently, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with Dr. Kristy Morrell. While there, she was a Renaissance and Presidential Scholar, a USC Helene, a member of the Order of Troy, and participated in several community service projects involving music, including the Harmony Project and Remedy through Music.


Ben Haharrisrris a native of Seattle, WA, is currently a PD student under the instruction of Dale Clevenger.  Ben completed his MM at Indiana University with Dale Clevenger and Jeff Nelsen and holds a BA from Seattle Pacific University.  For the past two years, Ben has played extra horn with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for their production of the Nutcracker. Ben was principal horn of the Thalia Symphony from 2009-2011 and played principal in the SPU Wind Symphony for four years.  During his time at IU, Ben was a member of the Dirty Slurs horn quartet and the Funky Textures brass quintet.  Previous teachers include Jeff Fair (principal horn, Seattle Symphony) and Rodger Burnett (principal horn, Pacific Northwest Ballet).  When Ben is not playing the horn, he is acquiring and adding to his extensive knowledge of beer and wine.  Other interests include soccer (Seattle Sounders), basketball, and coffee.

Scott Holben joined the Macau Orchestra in 2010 under the direction of Chinese conductor Lu Jia. Holben accompanied the Macau Orchestra touring extensively through out the world, performing in Korea, Taiwan, Austria, Portugal, and almost every Chinese province. In addition to his chamber, orchestral, and opera concerts with the Macau Orchestra, Holben was fortunate to perform with many accomplished orchestras around Asia, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Hyogo performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan. Holben has also performed in many festivals in the world, including Shanghai Arts Festival, the Beijing New Music Festival, and the Festival Mozaic Festival in San Louis Obispo, California.  Prior to joining the Macau Orchestra, Holben performed with The Colorado Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony. Holben studied at the University of Colorado (Bachelors of Music '08) and Yale University (Masters of Music '10).  Holben’s inspiration stemmed from his principle teachers including William Purvis and Michael Thornton.

huebscherOlivier Huebscher is starting his first year of the DM program after completing his MM at Indiana University 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 Orchestra for 4 years.

Mitchell McCrady, born and raised in Sugar Grove, Ohio, recently graduated with honors from the University of Dayton receiving a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. While there, he was privileged to study with Dr. Richard Chenoweth and Aaron Brant, principal horn of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Mitchell has performed with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, and subbed with the Dayton Philharmonic. He has also given performances in Suzhou, China with the University of Dayton Horn Quartet in 2012 that included a solo performance of Franz Strauss’s, Fantasie, Op. 2.
During the summer, Mitchell enjoys his participation in many different music seminars and camps. He is a regular attendee of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire, the National Brass Symposium held in Kennesaw, Georgia, and most recently Jeff Nelsen’s Fearless Performance for Musicians seminar held at IU. Mitchell is excited to be joining Jeff Nelsen’s horn studio at Indiana University this fall and pursuing a MM degree.

Kevin Miescke joined the Jacobs School of Music in in 2012 to pursue of a Doctor of Music degree in horn performance. Kevin, along with three other members from Studio Nelsen, belongs to the Indiana-based horn quartet Cor 4. This ensemble was awarded first place at the International Horn Society Quartet Competition in Memphis, TN in the summer of 2013. Kevin is also studying natural horn at Indiana University with Richard Seraphinoff, and continues his relationship with the Austin Baroque Orchestra by performing on Baroque and Classical horns with them several concerts each year. Kevin is very passionate about teaching and maintains a small, but active horn studio of local students.

Marcus Redden, originally from Winchester, VA, completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Horn performance at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA, where he studied with Dr. Patrick Smith. While at VCU, Marcus was an active freelancer performing with Opera on the James and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, played five seasons at Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, VA, and can be heard on the albums of Nashville, TN native, Natalie Prass, and Richmond local, Bryce McCormick. Marcus also recently recorded Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with the National Music Festival Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label. As a VCU student, Marcus traveled with school ensembles to give performances at various conferences including those sponsored by the Virginia Music Educators Association, the American Bandmasters Association, and the International Horn Society. Outside of performing, Marcus has published two compositions with R.M. Williams Publishing, and taught horn and saxophone lessons to young students at The Music Academy at Salisbury Presbyterian Church. Marcus will begin his Masters degree in Horn performance at Indiana this fall, studying with Dale Clevenger. In his free time, Marcus likes to hike the Blue Ridge Mountains, cook, paint, and is a Reiki Master.

Ashley SchmidtAshley Schmidt is a first year masters student at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Ashley grew up in Brea, California and was tricked into learning the horn by her best friend during Christmas of 2003. While attending the University of Redlands, she has performed with numerous ensembles in the Southern California region, including the Redlands Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jon Robertson, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra under Maestro Maxim Eshkenazy, and the University of California, Riverside Orchestras under Dr. Ruth Charloff. Ashley has studied with Annie Bosler, Laura Brenes, Ree Oliva and Franz Söllner, and will begin her studies with Jeff Nelsen this year. During her “free time”, Ashley loves to eat food and watch her favorite TV series, The Legend of the Condor Heroes, The Return of the Condor Heroes, and The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber.

Adrienne Schroeder is currently a Master of Music student in Dale Clevenger's studio. She is from Kalamazoo, MI and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University with Bruce Bonnell. Adrienne has attended and performed at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Jeff Nelsen's Fearless Performance Seminar, the International Women's Brass Conference, and the Michigan Music Conference. Other than playing horn, Adrienne enjoys running, swimming, and quality time with friends and family.

Corbet (Corey) Tarbell is a first year DM student at Indiana University. He recently completed his MM at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Mr. Randy Gardner, and earned his BM from the University of Kentucky with Mr. David Elliott. While at CCM, Corey played the Beethoven quintet for piano and winds with maestro Mark Gibson and performed with the Esprit de Cor horn choir at the IHS Symposium in Denton, Texas. Corey has also performed with the Michigan Philharmonic and has worked as a freelance musician in Cincinnati, Lexington, and Dayton. Outside of playing horn, Corey is interested in music technology, recording engineering, and is an avid rock climber.

walkerMichael 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!

Alex Williams is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where she studied with Dr. Mary Burroughs.  During her time at East Carolina, she had the opportunity to play principal in both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as well as participate in various chamber ensembles.  Alex is excited to attend Indiana University this fall to begin her Master of Music in Horn Performance with Mr. Dale Clevenger.

Drew Wright is a second-year MM student studying with Jeffrey Nelsen at IU. Having grown up in Columbus, IN, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education at Butler University in Indianapolis. While at Butler, Drew played with the Butler Symphony and Ballet Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, and various chamber groups. With the Butler Wind Ensemble, he performed in the premier of the Wind Ensemble version of James Beckel's In the Mind's Eye for 5 horns and wind ensemble. Since coming to IU, Drew has performed with the IU Philharmonic Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, wind quintets, and the Cor 4 horn quartet. When not playing the horn, Drew enjoys baking, cooking, and spending time with friends.

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