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French Horn Day Clinician Biographies

Thomas Bacon

Reaching out to music lovers of all ages, his audiences are enchanted with drama, humor, virtuosity, musicianship and a stage presence that captivates. Bacon, a Yamaha Performing Artist, has given master classes and clinics at hundreds of universities around the world. 

Bacon has held principal horn positions with the Syracuse Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed in guest principal positions with the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony. He has performed concertos with over one hundred orchestras across the United States and been a guest artist at major music festivals throughout the world.

Bacon records and concertizes in recital, chamber and orchestral engagements, with around one hundred performances annually. Recent tours have taken him to Japan, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, Canada and across the U.S.  Bacon is a founding member and vice president of Summit Brass, America's Premier Large Brass Ensemble. He also is a member of the St. Louis Brass QuintetThe Golden Horn and Opus 90.

"His perfect comedic timing and ability ... earned him the loudest applause."  --The Arizona Republic 

"Preeminent horn soloist"   --St. Louis Post Dispatch

More information about Thomas Bacon can be found at www.hornplanet.com.


Thomas A. Hunt

Dr. Thomas A. Hunt currently serves as the Music Department chair at Ohio Northern University, conductor of the ONU Wind Orchestra and teacher of applied French horn. His formative experiences at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Oberlin College Conservatory, the Berlin Konservatorium and the Mozarteum in Salzburg prepared him for a highly successful French horn performance career in Europe. His fourteen year performance career included positions with the Essen Philharmonic, the Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra and the Hessian State Opera, while regularly performing with the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Amati Ensemble Berlin and the Innsbrucker Serenadenensemble. Additionally, Hunt recorded as a soloist and chamber musician with ORF Austria and RIAS Berlin and won the concerto contest at the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Since his return to the United States in 1987, Hunt has served on the faculties at Trinity International University, Waldorf College and Ohio Northern University. While living in Chicago, he performed regularly with professional groups such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago under Zubin Mehta.

Hunt is a founding member of Polaris Brass, the ONU faculty brass quintet. He recently performed the Hindemith Horn concerto with the Toledo Symphony Chamber Orchestra and regularly performs faculty recitals at ONU.


Sandra Clark

Originaly from northern California, Sandra Clark has been a member of the Toledo Symphony horn section since 1990. Prior to that she spent four years as 4th horn of the Dayton Philharmonic, in addition to serving as hornist for the Chicago Chamber Brass in 1989 and 1990. Her love of orchestral repertoire is matched only by her interest in chamber music, especially recital playing. Clark has given recitals in Toledo, Cincinnati, California and New Mexico.

Clark has enjoyed some success with music competitions, winning the Fischoff National Chamber music competition in 1989 as a member of the Taft Quintet and placing 2nd twice in the American Horn Competition. In 2004 Clark produced and performed on a recording featuring the music of Alec Wilder and Toledo Symphony colleagues. Suite: Music of Alec Wilder received praise for the performances, as well as for bringing to life some forgotten gems of an American maverick. 


Karen Schneider

Karen Schneider has been widely recognized as an excellent teacher and embouchure problem solver. In recent years, her special interest and unique approach to the embouchure issues has been brought to the attention of an ever-growing list of professionals and students. Because of her expertise in this field she has been invited give lectures and master classes in many venues including the International Horn Symposium, the Eastman School of Music, Penn State University, CCM (College/Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati), the University of South Florida and many others.

Teaching for over thirty years, Ms. Schneider¹s students have been consistently successful and have been accepted into Curtis, Juilliard, Eastman, Rice University, The Cleveland Institute, CCM, Oberlin, North Carolina School for the Arts, Northwestern, New England Conservatory, USC and many other smaller music schools.  Her former students are playing in orchestras throughout the world.

Ms. Schneider is also an active performer and freelancer, playing with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, principal horn of the Middletown Symphony and is first call for the Broadway Series Orchestra. She has also performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras. She is the founder and director of the Cincinnati Horn Connection, a sixteen piece horn ensemble which received rave reviews performing at the International Horn Symposium and has recently recorded a CD.


Wes Hatch

Wes Hatch is the founder of Wes Hatch Custom Horns LLC. His horns are played in the KBS Orchestra in South Korea, the Mexican State Orchestra and schools such as Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute and the Julliard School.

Hatch, an active professional horn player, is a former member of the Rockford Symphony Orcestra, the American Wind Symphony and the Racine Symphony Orchestra. He now performs with the Milwaukee Festival City Symphony Orchestra and is a regular substitute in the Milwaukee Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Hatch's presentation at French Horn Day will draw upon the two sides of his career: horn maker and performer. He will have a number of his horns with him as well as examples of his custom horns. More information can be found at www.weshatchhorns.net.


Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher currently serves as principal horn for the Lima Symphony and Springfield Symphony. He has attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, Julliard School of Music, Kent State University and Youngstown State University.

Mr. Fisher's primary teachers include M. Bloom, R. DiIntennis, E. Angelucci, W. VerMeullen and L. Chenette. He has played in the West Point military band and Bogota Columbia as 3rd horn and associate 1s horn. Additionally, he has played 1st horn with the Canton Symphony and 4th horn with the Akron Symphony.

 

 

 


Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers is the owner of Michigan Musical Instrument Service, where he puts his skills as a master musical instrument craftsman to good use. He has over 30 years of experience in designing, modifying and repairing instruments, with a specialization in brass musical instrument design and customization.

 

 


Stacie Mickens

Stacie Mickens joined the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University as Assistant Professor of Horn in 2012 where she was featured in October as the guest soloist with the Dana Wind Ensemble. Mickens received her doctorate from the University of Michigan and also holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Her teachers include Adam Unsworth, Bryan Kennedy, Douglas Hill and Patricia Brown. An active orchestral lmusician, Mickens is a member of the Youngstown and Akron symphinies, and has held positions with orchestras in Lansing, Dearborn, St. Joseph, La Crosse, Dubuque and Waterloo. In 2011 and 2012, Mickens was invited to perform in Denmark as part of the International Thy Chamber Music Festival. She was previously on the music faculties at Luther College  and Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. 


Tiffany Damicone

Tiffany Damicone is the Instructor of Brass Methods at Ohio Wesleyan University and maintains an active private studio. Mrs. Damicone earned her Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory specializing in orchestral horn performance. While studying with members of the Boston Syphonoy, she performed with Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Atlantic Chamber Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Mrs. Damicone performed as a founding member of the award winning New England Horn Quartet. She presented master classes in New York and Boston, participated in the premier recording of Verne Reynolds' horn quartet at the Northeastern Horn Workshop and performed at the International Horn Symposium. In her home state of Louisiana, she played with Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Chamber Players and Baton Rouge Little Theater. After moving to Ohio, she recorded, soloed and toured England with brass bands, played in Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra as heard on the album Dreams Come True, joined the pit orchestra for Columbus Gay Men's Chorus and is a member of St. Paul Cathedral's brass quintet in residence.

Mrs. Damicone frequently plays with orchestras across Ohio such as Lima Symphony, Ashland Symphony and Mansfield Symphony, among others. In 2010, she travelled Berlin, Germany, to study pedagogy and performance with Fergus McWilliam of the Berlin Philharmonic and provided critical editorial work on his pedagogical and philosophical method: Blow Your Own Horn! Mrs. Damicone travelled to Prague, Czech Republic in 2012 to research for her D.M.A. document, "The Singing Style of the Bohemians" -- A Study of the Bohemian Contributions to Horn Pedagogy and Codification of the Czech Horn School as Taught by Zdenek Divoky, which will be published in 2013 along with an internationally informed horn method.


Lowell Greer

Lowell Greer holds a unique place among the hornists of his generation. Known for his musicianship and versatility with or without valves, he has received critical acclaim and internaional recognition as a orchestral hornist, chamber musician, soloist, educator and horn maker.

Mr. Greer began studying horn at age 12 and had many horn teachers, the most notable being Ernani Angelucci of he Cleveland Orchestra. He joined the Detroit Symphony in 1972 as assistant principal. In 1978 he accepted the position of principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic and began his solo career. In 1980 he moved to Europe to better pursue his natural horn interests and performed in Belgium as guest principal horn of the Antwerp Philharmonic/Royal Flemish Orchestra. He returned to the States in 1984 where he served as principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony until 1986. He also performed as principal of the Toledo Symphony from 1990-1997.

A dedicated scholar and educator, Mr. Greer has taught at Wheaton College, Oakland University, Interlochen Arts Academy, the School for Perfection in Mexico City, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Michican and the Carl Neilsen Academy in Odense, Denmark. An acclaimed expert on natural horn performance, his research has led him to become a maker of fine reproductions of classic instruments, and he has taught a course in natural horn building techniques at the William Cummings House since 1994.

Mr. Greer was honored with the Punto Award at the 2008 International Horn Symposium in Denver, where he led his natural horn group, the Hunting Horns of General Washington.