Saturday, April 4, 2020

The School of Music Horn Day will feature a group horn choir and master classes by Bernhard Scully, Professor of Horn, Jennifer Kempe, and Natalie Douglass, Chicago performer. Master class participants will be selected prior to the event, and based on the information given on the registration form.

Schedule (Subject to Change)

8:30 – 9 AM: Registration
9 – 10 AM: Introductions and Group Warm-Up
10 – 11 AM: Horn Choir
11 AM – 12 PM: Natalie Douglass Master Class
12 – 1 PM: Lunch
1 – 2 PM: Bernhard Scully Master Class
2 – 3 PM: Q&A with Bernhard and Jennifer
3 – 3:45 PM: Final Horn Choir Rehearsal
4 – 5 PM Horn Day Recital

Artist Faculty

Bernhard ScullyBernhard Scully is the Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is Artistic Director of the non-profit 501(c)(3) Cormont Music. He spends most of his summer in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire as both the Artistic Director of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and as the horn player of the North Country Chamber Players. He is the former horn player of the Canadian Brass and former principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Among his many awards are top honors at numerous competitions, most notably being the first classical brass player to win a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. For his complete bio, please click here.

Natalie DouglassDr. Natalie Douglass is an active hornist and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her integrative approach to teaching horn through singing and inner hearing has garnered international recognition and she has worked with hundreds of students to develop fluency as hornists and complete musicians.

Dr. Douglass is currently on faculty at Lake Forest College and DePaul University in Chicago, and previously served as Assistant Professor of Horn and head of brass at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT.  Dr. Douglass has become an authority on inner hearing and solfege training, and specializes in transferring these skills to horn performance. Her pedagogy and teaching philosophies are greatly inspired by Zoltan Kodály, and she spent 2015-2016 on a U.S. Fulbright Grant to the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. She has appeared at numerous international and regional International Horn Society Symposia, been a keynote speaker and clinician for NAfME, and a visiting academic at Oxford University in Oxford, UK. Her masterclasses are in demand for hornists, brass players, and music educators alike, and she has been a guest artist at some of the world’s finest musical institutions, including the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (The Hague, Netherlands), the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK), the San Francisco Conservatory (San Francisco, CA), and the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA). She has taught horn and lead the musicianship curriculum at renowned Kendall Betts Horn Camp since 2013.

As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Quad Cities Symphony, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and Illinois Symphony. While in Utah, she also recorded musical soundtracks, video game music, and film scores for various recording studios in Salt Lake City. She has toured under the batons of Lorin Maazel and Krzysztof Penderecki and performed in venues across Germany, Austria, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Oman.

Dr. Douglass holds a D.M.A. in Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and an MM in Horn Performance and BME in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her principal teachers include Randy Gardner, Bernhard Scully, Thomas Jostlein, and Kazimerz Machala. She studied solfege and voice under Agnes Gerges-Gal and Renata Darazs of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary.

Jennifer KempeStaff Sergeant Jennifer Kempe is originally from Champaign, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois, and her Master of Music degree from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining the U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Kempe performed as Principal Horn of the Battle Creek Symphony and 2nd Horn of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with numerous ensembles throughout the Midwest, including the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Tallgrass Brass Band, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Pit Orchestra. SSG Kempe has attended music festivals such as the Round Top Festival Institute, Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, and Le Domaine Forget International Academy of Music and Dance. SSG Kempe has taught students of all ages, maintaining a private horn studio and teaching brass lessons in local schools in the Quad City area. Her primary teachers include Bernhard Scully and Lin Foulk.