Most Recent Horn Graduates

  • Paul Clifton (BM ’13)—won audition for fourth horn in Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jennifer Kempe (MM '16)—won audition for principal horn in Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Also won won highly selective audition to participate in the Round Top Music Festival in Round Top, TX in summer 2016.
  • Nicole Vanden Bosch (BM and BMEd ’16) received award to pursue MM degree (horn performance) at Michigan State University.

Recent Alumni News

  • Davis Anderson (MM ’05)—lives and works in New York City.
  • Kelsey Anthon (BM ’12)—completed a MM (horn performance) degree at Arizona State University. Currently freelancing and teaching in Tempe, AZ.
  • Alex Armstead (Louis) (BMEd ’12)—was Director of Instrumental Music at Edsel Ford High School (MI). Currently living in San Francisco, CA.
  • Jeff Breisach (BMEd ’08)—appointed Manager of Individual Giving at Madison Symphony Orchestra (WI).
  • Jon Chesman (MM ’04)—is an 42R Army Musician at 2nd Infantry Division Band and 42R at United States Army. He currently lives in Uijeongbu, South Korea.
  • Paul Clifton (BM ’13)—won auditions for principal horn in the West Shore Symphony and second horn in the Southwest Michigan Symphony and Illinois Symphony Orchestras. He won second prize in the Premier Solo Competition at the 2013 International Horn Symposium in Memphis, TN. He is on the substitute list for the New World Symphony (Miami, FL) and performed with the orchestra in February 2014.
  • Kevin Cort (BMEd ’06)—is director of bands at South Lyon High School (MI).
  • Kyle (Alex) Cronin (BM ’08)—taught English in South Korea. Currently lives in Troy, MI.
  • Megan DeRubeis (BM ’10)—is a studio teacher in Dallas, TX.
  • Laurel Filzen Etzel (MM ’07)—is Director of the Knox Sandburg Community Concert Band and Adjunct Faculty at Illinois Central College.
  • Rachel Gasper (BMEd ’12)—is Director of Bands at Saguaro High School at Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona.
  • Liz Glasser (MM ’14)—is freelancing in Denver, CO.
  • Jason Gridley-Waters (MM ’08)—plays with the Michigan Philharmonic and is a Ford Motor Company product development engineer.
  • Mac Harris (BM ’13)—recently completed a MM (horn performance) degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory.
  • Cecilia Kozlowski (BM ’08)—won horn position in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band.
  • Jack Levoska (BM ’10)—is a freelance horn teacher in southeast MI.
  • Bob Lewis (MM ’11)—is freelancing and teaching in southwest MI. Hear his new blues band.
  • Anna Marshall (BM '15)—received a graduate assistantship to pursue a MM (horn performance) degree at the University of Iowa.
  • John Murphy (BMEd ’06)—is formerly a music teacher at Hartford High School (MI).
  • Kayla Nelson (MM ’07)—is a horn teacher at the University of North Dakota.
  • Mike Petterson (BM ’08)—completed a MM (horn performance) degree at UW-Madison.
  • Jancie Philippus (MM ’12)—recently completed a DMA (horn performance) degree at University of Illinois.
  • Derek Pothoff (BM '15)—received a graduate assistantship to pursue a MM (horn performance) degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Dani Reynolds (MM ’10)—was recently the WMU School of Music Assistant to the Director.
  • Dan Spencer (MM ’09)—completed DMA (horn performance) degree at University of Iowa. Currently freelancing and teaching in Memphis, TN.
  • Aimee Wallace (BMEd ’10)—is a band director at Coatimundi Middle School in Tucson, AZ.
  • Luke Walton (MM ’13)—is a general music and band teacher at the Pembroke Hill and Village Schools in New Hampshire.
  • Karin Yamaguchi (BM ’13)—completed a graduate degree at Scuola Universitaria di Musica in Lugano, Switzerland. She participated in the Pacific Music Festival in 2015.
  • Molly Zebell (BM ’13)—completed a MM degree (horn performance) at University of Florida. Currently freelancing in Gainesville, FL.

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