WMU Horn Studio 2014-15

Ben Arking

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Grand Ledge, MI

Benjamin Arking is a second year student in the WMU horn studio. A Music Education major, Ben hopes one day to be a high school band director. Ben is currently in the University Concert Band and is a member of the mellophone section in the Bronco Marching Band. Previously, Ben attended Grand Ledge High School, and was a four-year member of the GLHS Wind Symphony horn section, as well as a member in the Grand Ledge High School Comet Marching Band. Highlighting his high school horn experience was the opportunity to play onstage at Carnegie Hall in 2011. Ben was also a member of Michigan State University’s Spartan Youth Wind Symphony at Michigan State University during his last two years in high school. Ben attended Blue Lake and WMU Seminar music camps. While in high school, Ben also performed in the Grand Ledge Concert Choir and the Corduroys, an all men’s Choir. Throughout his four years in high school, Ben participated in the GLHS theatrical productions, including principal roles in: West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and more. Overall, Ben is excited to be part of the WMU Horn Studio and looks forward to a great college experience.

Caroline Binns

Major: pre-Music Education/pre-Horn Performance
Hometown: Blissfield, MI
Caroline is currently a sophomore in the WMU horn studio. She is working towards a music education and horn performance degree. Caroline is involved in the University Symphonic Band, the Bronco Marching Band, the Horn Choir, and a student led brass quintet named Thornburg’s Hornburgs. Before coming to Western, Caroline was heavily involved in music while in middle school and high school. Most notable of those was holding the principal horn position in both the Siena Heights Youth Orchestra and the Toledo Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for 2 consecutive years. Caroline’s favorite venue to perform in is actually in pit orchestras for musicals and has now played in over ten musical performances since her freshman year of high school.

Stephen Blanco

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: MI

Nathan Haering

Major: Music pre-Composition
Minor: Multimedia Arts Technology
Hometown: Holt, MI
Nathan Haering is a Junior in the horn studio at Western Michigan University and a dedicated member of the University's composition studio. Nathan is currently in the University Symphonic band, a member of the horn choir, and working on a number of compositional projects including a commission for grammy award winning Vietnamese performer and composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, to be played on a BPI concert in the spring. He was a proud member of the Bronco marching band and pep band for two years as well as a previous member of Klork, the laptop orchestra. Nathan has also spent many semesters learning under John Campos and working in recording studio and recording recitals for Western Sound Studios. Before coming to WMU, he attended Holt High School, where he arranged music for the marching band, was section leader for the mellophones, played in the Mid-Michigan Youth Symphony, attended many honors bands, played a march with the U.S Navy Band, and received the "heart of a champion" award from his high school band director, for being generally filled with love, and having multiple cardboard cut-outs of himself. For the past two summers he was employed by Interlochen arts camp as a counselor for intermediate boys. He also spent a month overseas in 2010 playing with Blue Lake International and spreading hugs through Europe. Overall Nathan feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the horn and school of music family and is thankful for the opportunity to witness and be a part of so many truly phenomenal things, musical or otherwise.

Dominic Hayes

Major: pre-Music Education/pre-Horn Performance
Hometown: Capac, MI
Dominic Hayes is a Freshman in the Horn Studio at WMU.
He is hoping to double major in Performance and Music Education. He is a member of the University’s Concert Band, Bronco Marching Band, Horn Choir and also part of the new Freshman Brass Quintet. He graduated from Capac High School, where he was a member of many honors ensembles, a jazz band, a community band, three musicals, the Drum Major of the marching band, part of the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and also a member of the Bands of America, marching with them in the 2013 Rose Bowl Parade. Outside of practicing and performing music he enjoys reading and playing soccer.

Jasmine Joubran

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Flushing, Michigan
Jasmine Joubran is a sophomore in the WMU horn studio double majoring in music education and horn performance. She graduated from Flushing High School, where she received the John Philip Sousa Award and the Arion Award. Jasmine was a part of her high school's wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, beta chi theta choir, and a cappella choir. She was a participant in the MSVMA all-state honors choir under the direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroop in 2013. She is currently principal horn and librarian in the WMU Concert Band. She is actively involved in the WMU Bronco Marching Band, where she serves as a drill instructor. This past summer, Jasmine was blessed with the opportunity to travel to China with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, where she and the rest of the group toured four cities to play fantastic orchestral works in each city they visited. Aside from horn, Jasmine plays second violin with the Kalamazoo Philharmonic. She enjoys playing racquetball, watching movies with friends, reading, and traveling.

Kirstie Keill

Major: MM Horn Performance
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kirstie Keill is a performer, teacher, arranger, and lifetime student. She is pursuing a master's degree in Horn Performance at WMU and is serving as a graduate assistant for the WMU athletic bands. Kirstie is a Pennsylvania native born in Philadelphia and raised in the country. She received her bachelor's degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While in attendance, she performed with the IUP Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Marching Band. She is a member of the professional music fraternity Delta Omicron as well as the IUP collegiate chapter of PCMEA, and served as treasurer for both.  After she completed her student teaching requirement, she took a study abroad to Ljubljana, Slovenia to further her knowledge of music education in a European setting. She teaches horn lessons, cooks vegetarian, bakes fancy cakes, and loves a good cup of tea with great friends.

Jennifer Kempe

Major: MM Horn Performance
Hometown: Champaign, Illinois
Jennifer Kempe is a first year graduate student at Western Michigan University and is pursuing a Master’s of Music in Horn Performance. Originally from Champaign, Illinois, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois in Spring 2014.
While there she performed with many fine University ensembles, including the Illinois Wind Symphony, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. She also performed with ensembles throughout the community, including the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra. She had the privilege of teaching horn lessons with the Music Shoppe Lesson Studios in Champaign as well. Currently, Jennifer is performing in the University Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia. She is also performing in chamber ensembles that include the Graduate Wind Quintet, Graduate Brass Trio, Horn Choir, and Graduate Horn Quartet. Jennifer is very excited to be a part of the WMU horn studio and to continue developing her musicianship in such an exciting musical environment!

Jeremy Larson

Major: MM Horn Performance
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Jeremy is entering his second year of graduate studies at WMU as a Graduate Assistant in the horn studio and is pursuing a Master of Music Degree in horn performance. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and did his undergraduate at Eastern Washington University where he also doubled as a Piano Performance major. Jeremy is performing in the Symphonic Band, University Symphony Orchestra, Graduate Brass Quintet, Western Winds, Horn Choir, and other voluntary ensembles as well. Jeremy hopes to one day perform regularly in a professional orchestra and play in as many chamber ensembles as he can. 

Anna Marshall

Majors: Horn Performance and Visual Arts
Hometown: Portage, MI
Anna is a senior in the horn studio and pursuing a BM in horn performance and a BA in visual arts. She is a graduate of Portage Northern High School, where she received the John Philip Sousa award for superior musicianship. While in high school, Anna performed in various ensembles and served as principle horn for the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Anna marched for Legends Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and won the Individual and Ensemble competition for solo horn. At Western Michigan University, Anna has performed in the University’s Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Commencement Brass, Pep Band, Marching Band, Horn Choir, University Symphony Orchestra, and Kalamazoo Philharmonic. She was also principle horn in the 2013 National Intercollegiate Band. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society and Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. Within Kappa Kappa Psi, Anna has held the positions of President, Vice President of Service, and Historian.

Derek Pothoff

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Muskegon, MI
Derek is a third year student at Western Michigan University. He is a Music Education and Horn Performance Major, and is a proud member of the Delta Iota chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which is a Men’s Music Fraternity.
He started playing trumpet in 6th grade, and later made the switch to Horn his sophomore year of High School. He was involved in orchestra, band, marching band, pep band, and jazz band in high school, along with being on the varsity wrestling team, and the baseball team at Mona Shores High School. He is now third horn in the WMU Symphony Orchestra. His goals as a horn player include someday playing for a recording orchestra (recording movie scores), and he aspires to be a professor of horn at a college/university (not at the same time, of course).

Tessa Salisbury

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Charlotte, MI
Tessa Salisbury is currently a second year student in the horn studio, studying Instrumental Music Education at Western Michigan University. She is playing French Horn in WMU's Concert Band and Horn Choir as well as playing mellophone in the Bronco Marching Band. At Charlotte High School, she was a member of the concert band for one year and the symphony band for three years, where she held first chair her last year; she was also drum major for two years in the marching band. Tessa was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award her Senior year and received high ratings in Solo/Ensemble Festivals in both band and choir. Along with singing in the All-State Honors Choir, she involved herself with various musicals for three years during the fall and played doubles on the varsity tennis team in the spring.

Nicole Vanden Bosch

Major: Music Education & Horn Performance
Hometown: Jenison, MI
Nicole is a senior at WMU studying Music Education and Horn Performance. This year she is serving as the third horn in the University Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the WMU Horn Choir. She also performs with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, marches cymbals in the Bronco Marching Band, and performs with various smaller ensembles. During her first two years at Western she sat principal chair in the WMU Concert Band, fourth and fifth chair in the WMU Symphonic Band, served as first mellophone in the Bronco Marching Band, along with participating in the WMU Horn Choir, Gale Force Wind Quintet, the Light Bright Brass Quintet, and the Freshmen Wind Quintet. While in high school Nicole participated in various honors bands and competitions including serving as assistant principal horn for the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony 2010-2011 season, the 2011 Michigan All State Band, and was a finalist in the 2011 Kalamazoo Concert Band Concerto Competition. Nicole sat principal chair each year in high school and received the Arion Music Award. She spent three years as a student music teacher at Hudsonville Christian Elementary and Middle schools and gives private lessons over the summer. Nicole was also a four-year member of her high school's varsity swim team. Along with receiving the 2011 Academic Athlete Award she was a 2010 OK Green All Conference swimmer, a state finalist in two events, and holds her high school's records for the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 Freestyle Relay, and the 100 Breaststroke. Nicole enjoys reading and listening to movie sound tracks, especially Hans Zimmer, Steve Jablonsky, James Newton Howard, and John Powell.