|Advisory Council, Officers and Staff in their Zoom meetings for IHS 2020|
Radegundis Tavares, President
Radegundis Tavares has been developing a career of important accomplishments. He was the first president of the Brazilian Horn Association and has recorded the first CD of a Brazilian brass player playing standard European classical repertoire, entitled “Universal”, as much as the first CD featuring improvisation on the Horn by a Brazilian player, entitled “Radegundis Tavares”. Radegundis hosted the first two Brazilian Horn Meetings and the first International Horn Symposium in Latin America – IHS49.
He has been premiering many works for Horn in a great variety of formations, specially Brazilian Music from distinguished Brazilian composers such as José Ursicino da Silva “Maestro Duda”, J. Orlando Alves, Marcílio Onofre, Liduino Pitombeira and Eli-Eri Moura – many of these Works were dedicated to Radegundis. He has acted as a soloist playing traditional repertoire, virtuosic works and Brazilian popular music.
Radegundis did his under-graduate and graduate courses in the Federal University of Paraiba and had as his Horn professor Cisneiro de Andrade and as his research supervisor Luis Ricardo Silva Queiroz. During his master degree Radegundis started to research about the Horn learning and the performance of Brazilian popular music in this instrument and many publications were made from this project.
Besides his performances as soloist and chamber musician, Radegundis played as a guest with many orchestras. Since 2008 he is full time professor of Horn at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and has released in June of 2019 his third solo CD entitled “Sounds from my home”. Radegundis’ recordings can be found on main streaming platforms.
J. Bernardo Silva, vice President
Bernardo was born in Oporto, Portugal. Graduated from Lisbon’s Escola Superior, studying with Jonathan Luxton. He also studied at Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg with Prof. Ab Koster. He attended classes and masterclasses with Radovan Vlatkovic, Hermann Baumann, Javier Bonet, Bruno Schneider, Stefan Dohr, Froydis Ree Wekre, Philip Myers, Fergus McWilliam, Hervé Joulain, Will Sanders, Jasper de Waal, Zdenek Tylsar, among others. With Ab Koster he started the study of natural horn. He has received a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Fundation and a scholarship merit award from the Lisbon Polytechnic Institute.
He is a member of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. As a guest musician he performed with all the major Portuguese orchestras and several Spanish too. He is a horn professor at the University of Aveiro and at Espinho’s Professional Music School. He frequently guides masterclasses in Portugal and abroad. He is regularly invited to jury of national and international competitions, has been in conpetitions in Portugal, Spain and Finland.
He has performed as a soloist, in recital, chamber music and orchestra in many countries in Europe, Brazil and Mexico. He has played as a soloist with several Portuguese and Spanish orchestras, performing works of Weber, R.Schumann, W.A.Mozart, Britten, Cherubini, Alex Poelman, Anders Emilsson and Aparicio Barberán. He was awarded the First Prize in the Philip Farkas Competition organized by the International Horn Society in Lahti, Finland in 2002.
His discography includes several solo works, chamber music and as a member of OSP Cdm. His both solo albums ‘Lunar Songs’ and ‘Solo’ have received excellent reviews. He performed the first world recording of the work ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ for solo horn and wind band of the composer Alex Poelman for the Dutch label Molenaar. He has been a very active chamber music musician. He is a founding member of the quartet Trompas Lusas. The group is frequently present in concerts in Portugal and abroad.
Bernardo has maintained a close relationship with several composers to extend the original repertoire for the instrument, having premiered many works. Such composers as Sergio Azevedo, Telmo Marques, Luís Carvalho and Liduino Pitombeira have dedicated works to him.
Allison DeMeulle, Secretary
Allison DeMeulle is a recent graduate, receiving an MM in Music Performance, from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). In 2018, Allison graduated from Chapman University, magna cum laude, with a BM in Horn Performance and a self-designed BA in Publishing & Editing. In addition to her studies, she served as the Orchestra Manager for The Chapman Orchestra and the Assistant Manager of the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony.
On international tours and festivals, Allison has performed with the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony in the UK and Spain, International Lyric Academy in Italy, and with the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra in the UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria. She has studied under horn teachers Jenny Kim, Russell Dicey and Dylan Hart, and is currently studying with Rusty Holmes.
Allison was a recipient of the International Horn Society’s Paul Mansur Award in 2014, and Chapman University's Musco Scholar Award in 2018.
In 2020, Allison also started her own business called The Musical Notes, a stationery store for musicians to organize their materials and practicing.
Johanna Lundy, Treasurer
Johanna Lundy is the Principal Horn with the Tucson Symphony, a position she has held since 2006. Hailed by Gramophone as “simply breathtaking,” she released her first solo album Canyon Songs in 2018. As a soloist and recitalist, Ms. Lundy has appeared as a guest artist with the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Canyon Music Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, St. Andrew’s Bach Society, and the Downtown Chamber Series in Phoenix. She has performed with orchestras across the United States, including The Florida Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Albany Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. Lundy has received critical acclaim for her "robust sound" and her "extraordinary" performances.
A dedicated teacher, Lundy is on faculty at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. Her teaching emphasizes physical and mental wellness, orchestral audition preparation, and artist development. Students are encouraged to explore collaborations across disciplines, new methods for concert delivery, and community connections. Former students have gone on to varied careers in music and positions with professional orchestras and other ensembles. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory and principal teachers include Richard Deane, Roland Pandolfi, Richard Sebring, James Sommerville, and John Zirbel.
Andrew Bain was appointed to the Chair of Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Gustavo Dudamel in May 2011.
Born and raised in Australia, Andrew was first introduced to music at age 8 when he took up the piano. Four years later, he was enrolled at Brighton High School in their special music program and soon after switched to the French horn because he loved the sound. Andrew ultimately received a Bachelor in Music from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide studying with Patrick Brislan. He furthered his studies with Geoff Collinson in Sydney, Hector McDonald in Vienna, and in 2003 completed a Graduate Diploma in Chamber Music under Will Sanders in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Prior to moving to LA Andrew held positions of Principal Horn of the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Münchner Symphoniker and the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, and Associate Principal Horn of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. From 2003-2012 he was the Principal Horn of the Colorado Music Festival. Andrew can be heard on numerous Hollywood films and was overjoyed to fulfill the dream of a lifetime working with John William’s as principal horn for the score of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’
In addition to music, Andrew loves traveling, cooking and exploring L.A. with his beautiful wife, Rupal. If he’s not working, you will most likely find him on the golf course trying to improve his handicap.
Benoît de Barsony
Benoît de Barsony is currently the principal Horn player with the Orchestre de Paris. A graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, he joined the Orchestre National d’ Ile de France in September 2005 and then the Orchestre de Paris in 2006, where he works under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvï and Daniel Harding. He also plays as principal horn with great orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
A chamber music enthusiast, he has participated in many festivals ( Kuhmo festival in finland, festival de la roque d’Anthéron, Festival de l’Empéri, Classic con brio in Osnabrück… ), in the company of musicians such as Maurice Bourgue, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Guy Braunstein, Daishin Kashimoto, Eric Lesage...
Benoît de Barsony appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris at the salle Pleyel, Philharmonie de Paris and NHK Tokyo, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva at the Rheingau Music Festival, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and also with the Orchestre de Besançon.
Renowned professor, he taught for two years at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon and regularly gives masterclasses in Europe and Asia (Japan, China).
Randy C. Gardner is currently Artist-In-Residence at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Following a distinguished tenure as Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. During his CCM tenure, Professor Gardner received CCM’s Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award and the University of Cincinnati Award for Faculty Excellence. A successful and dedicated teacher, his students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the US and abroad.
Prior to joining the CCM faculty, Gardner was Second Hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 22 years, under the music directorships of Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, and Eugene Ormandy.
Professor Gardner presents innovative and popular Modular Music Masterclasses, is the author of the acclaimed International Opus publication Mastering the Horn’s Low Register and self-published Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players, and composed WHY?! for unaccompanied horn, published by Thompson Edition. Gardner has fostered the composition of new works for horn by commissioning compositions and by serving as Chair of the International Horn Society’s Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund..
Randy Gardner was a Featured Artist at International Symposia of the International Horn Society in Beijing, China (2000), Lahti, Finland (2002) and Denver, CO (2008). In 2012, he had the distinct honor of performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra at IHS Symposium 44 with conductor Barry Tuckwell and fellow hornists Gregory Hustis, Joseph Ognibene, and John Ericson. Gardner also had the great pleasure of performing Kenneth Fuchs’ Canticle to the Sun with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at the 2008 IHS Symposium. He has been a Contributing Artist at many international and regional horn workshops and he serves as an adjudicator at solo and chamber music competitions.
In his free time, Randy enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, reading, sports, and church/community activism. He is an avid Chicago Cubs fan who was thrilled to witness his team win the 2016 World Series after a “drought” of 108 years. Randy believes that Cubs fans model two important personal character traits – optimism and perseverance.
Randy Gardner was honored to receive an IHS Punto Award in 2018. An enthusiastic member of the International Horn Society, Gardner served on the IHS Advisory Council from 1999-2005 before his current term. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.
Susan has been playing horn with the Denver Brass since the first concert in 1981. In fact, besides founders, Kathy and Chuck Brantigan, Susan is the only other musician in today’s Denver Brass who was there from the very beginning. Her formal training began at Emporia State University after which she served our nation as a member of the U S Air Force Academy Band. Since then, Susan has been the number one free-lance horn player in the region. She’s played with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Inside the Orchestra, Colorado Opera Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and has toured the U.S. and Japan with the Aries Brass Quintet.
She recently retired as the horn instructor at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver and hosted the International Horn Society conference at Lamont in 2008. She has travelled and performed in South Africa seven times! As with so many musicians, Susan was influenced early in life by her junior high band director and high school choral director. Susan has been equally inspirational to her students of all ages during her decades of horn teaching.
When not playing horn (which isn’t often), Susan’s husband, children and grandchildren occupy most of her free time. Her son Jesse is also a professional horn player in the Cleveland Orchestra. He previously performed alongside Susan in the Denver Brass!
Michelle Stebleton is an Associate Professor of Horn and member of the Florida State Brass Quintet and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Since coming to FSU in 1990, she has been awarded the Teaching Incentive Program Award, an Undergraduate Teaching Award, and several large research grants. Through these grants she recorded two compact discs available on MSR Classics: The Horn Works of Paul Basler and MirrorImage at the Opera, a recording of her horn duo with Lisa Bontrager. The Florida State Brass Quintet’s CD Strophes of the Night and Dawn is available through Crystal Records.
Ms. Stebleton, a Holton-Leblanc Artist Clinician, is a six-time prize winner in various divisions of the American Horn Competition. She has traveled to 26 countries as a chamber artist and clinician and performs regularly as a soloist and clinician in Paraguay, The Czech Republic, and under the baton of Philipe Entremont in the bi-annual Music Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic.
At FSU Professor Stebleton maintains a horn studio of about 30 students. She offers daily Fundamentals Class, weekly Studio Classes, and Horn Choir. In addition, she teaches the Horn component of Solo Brass Literature. Actively performing, she is regularly featured at the International Horn Society Symposiums and Southeast Horn Workshops. She currently serves as on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society.
Professor Stebleton received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Louis J. Stout and Lowell Greer. She holds a diploma from the Prague Mozart Academy.
After 28 years as a corporate attorney Amy retired and qualified as a nauturopathic doctor specialising in PTSD and stress management. She uses music therapy as part of her practice which is based both in the UK and USA.
Amy Thakurdas is the music director of Oxford Horns, a horn choir with over 30 student, community and professional players who play mass ensemble repertoire. Her aim is to keep the passion and joy of playing horn alive including players from 12 through 85.
She has played in orchestras in London and Los Angeles. Her current concert series Romance your Soul is in its third year where she performs standard repertoire plus her own compositions and arrangements.
Dr. Margaret Tung is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at University of Kentucky. Hailed as “masterly” in the Chicago Classical Review, she has performed with the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a chamber musician Dr. Tung has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma in a Chicago Symphony Orchestra chamber project, Once Upon a Symphony. Additionally, she currently performs in the UK Faculty Brass Quintet. Dr. Tung has presented at several clinics including The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, OMEA in Cleveland, and KMEA in Louisville. She has also performed at several International and Regional Horn Symposiums throughout the years including the 2016 International Horn Symposium in Muncie, IN where she commissioned and performed the world premiere performance of John Cheetham’s Sonata for Horn and Piano. As a soloist, she can be heard as a featured soloist with Anima on their CD release, An Anima Christmas. Her most recent recording release was Grammy nominated with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra entitled Concertos for Orchestra. Dr. Tung is an education enthusiast and recently published an article in the journal for the International Horn Society, The Horn Call: The Benefits of Adding a Horn Choir to Your Program. Dr. Tung is honored to be serving on the International Horn Society’s Advisory Council and also as the Kentucky Area Representative. She has been on faculty at The University of Akron, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and Olivet Nazarene University. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Ohio State University and holds a Master of Music from Rice University and a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University. Her teachers include world renowned Dale Clevenger, William VerMeulen, Oto Carrillo, Jon Boen, David Griffin, and Bruce Henniss.
Lydia Van Dreel
Lydia Van Dreel, Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Oregon, joined the faculty in 2006. Prior to that appointment, she held a ten-year tenured position as Co-Principal Horn of the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida. Van Dreel earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and the Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School.
Ms. Van Dreel’s performing career has encompassed a wide variety of activities as an orchestral, solo, chamber and recording artist. Currently, Van Dreel is a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, The IRIS Orchestra (Memphis, TN), Quadre—The Voice of Four Horns, the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Next, the Oregon Wind Quintet, and the Oregon Brass Quintet. Additionally, Van Dreel has performed as a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Britt Music Festival Orchestra, The Spoleto Festival Orchestra, The New World Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Wind Quintet, The Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Mozart Players. Van Dreel also performs frequently as an extra musician with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, The Naples Philharmonic, The Portland Opera, The Eugene Opera, and the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra, among others.
A frequent concerto soloist, Ms. Van Dreel has been featured with the Peninsula Symphony, The Sarasota Orchestra, The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Salem Philharmonia, the Willamette Valley Symphony, The University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, the Salem Concert Band, and the San Jose Wind Ensemble, and others.
A tireless advocate for music and musicians, Van Dreel hosted the 2015 and 2010 Northwest Horn Symposium, and will host the International Horn Society annual symposium in August, 2020. She serves as the recording reviews editor for The Horn Call (journal of the International Horn Society) and serves or has served on the board of directors of Chamber Music at Beall, the Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony (formerly Arts Umbrella), and the American Federation of Musicians Local 689 and Local 427-721.
Appointed in 2010 as Associate Principal Horn of the Campinas Symphony Orchestra - São Paulo, Dr. Lucca Zambonini also served as Horn Professor at FAAM/SP and Cantareira`s College, both in São Paulo, Brazil.
Lucca has served as Horn Solo and invited horn player in major orchestras throughout his career, such Badisches Staatstheater, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Brazilian Symphony Orchestras.
Lucca is Director of Marketing of the Brazilian French Horn Association and teaches and play among several music festivals, competitions and workshops around the world, he also has founded two online music projects called: “Inteligencia Musical” - to teach music appreciation and music basics to families who don't have access to music education with more than 700 students; “Horn Academy” - an on-line horn lessons project with more than 300 students.
In addition to music, Lucca loves reading and studying about technology, sports, theology and education. Together with his beautiful wife, the violist Erica, they have 3 children, Elena, Eduardo and Estevan. If he’s not working, you will most likely find him having fun with his family.