WMU Horn Studio 2016-17

David Acton

Major: MM Horn Performance
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
DavidDavid Acton is a second year graduate student at Western Michigan University and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Horn Performance. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Horn Performance from DePauw University in May 2015. During his time at DePauw, David was a member of the Symphony Orchestra and University Band, as well as the horn ensemble, woodwind quintet, and brass quintet. He also served as principal horn of the DePauw Chamber Symphony, which went on tour first to London and then to Austria. In the spring of his junior year, David had the opportunity to study abroad in Vienna, Austria. There, he studied horn with a former member of the Vienna Philharmonic, met the Berlin Philharmonic horn section, and frequently went exploring in the Alps. Currently, David is performing in the University Symphony Orchestra, Graduate Brass Quintet, Western Winds, and Horn Choir. When not playing horn, David also enjoys playing organ, drinking coffee, composing music, hiking, and watching cat videos.

Ben Arking

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Grand Ledge, MI
Ben Arking is a fourth year student in the WMU horn studio. A Music Education major, Ben hopes one day to be a band director. Ben is currently the manager of the University Symphonic Band and section leader 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, Men’s choir and theatre department. Highlighting horn experience was the opportunity to perform with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra on their 75th anniversary tour of China in 2014 and performing on stage at Carnegie Hall in 2011. Ben was also a member of Michigan State University’s Spartan Youth Wind Symphony during his last two years in high school. Overall, Ben is excited to be part of the WMU Horn Studio and looks forward to a great college experience.

Caroline Binns

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Blissfield, MI
Caroline is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Instrumental Music Education at Western Michigan University. She will be performing with the University Symphonic Band and Western Horn Choir during the fall semester. She has previously performed with the University Orchestra, the Concert Band, the Campus Band, the Bronco Marching Band, the Brass Ensemble, the Freshman Woodwind Quintet, and the Basketball Pep Band. During the summer, she also assists teaching band camps at high schools in the area. Before coming to WMU, Caroline was heavily involved in music while in middle and high school. The most notable of these musical activities was holding the principal horn position in both the Siena Heights University Youth Orchestra and the Toledo Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for two consecutive years. Caroline’s favorite venue to perform in is actually in pit orchestras and has played in over ten musicals since her freshman year of high school.

Stephen Blanco

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Utica, MI
file (2)Stephen is a junior in the music education program here at Western. He is from Utica, Michigan and is proud to call Kalamazoo his second home. While he is not playing the horn, Stephen works as the MyWMU Concierge Manager with Western's Office of Development and Alumni Relations where he is involved in hosting alumni events, including WMU's homecoming. He is excited about hitting the halfway point in his education and can't wait to see what the next two years have in store for him.

Nick Cramer

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Battle Creek, MI
Nick is a 3rd year student in his 2nd full school year in the horn studio as a music education major. He currently in the University Symphonic Band, WMU horn choir, WMU Brass Ensemble, and plays Mellophone in the Bronco Marching Band. A graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, he won the John Phillip Sousa award in 2014. While a senior in high school, he received a division I rating at MSBOA solo & ensemble, and also had the opportunity to perform with the John Mackey All-Star Band during spring conference at WMU. He instructed mellophone at his alma mater in the summer of 2015, and will return in 2016 as instructor for the entire high brass section.

Dominic Hayes

Major: pre-Horn Performance
Hometown: Capac, MI
Dominic Hayes is a Junior in the Horn Studio at WMU. professional picHe graduated from Capac High School in 2014, where he performed in a variety of chamber ensembles and as a soloist. He is currently a member of the University Orchestra, the University Horn Choir, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, the WMU Brass Ensemble, a collegiate brass quintet, as well as other ensembles. He was awarded a full scholarship to the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Lyman New Hampshire two years in a row, where he studied under many incredible professors and performers from across the United States..

Ben Hayward

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Portage, MI

Kaitlin Hosey

Major: MM Horn Performance
Hometown: Meridian, Mississippi12020006_913973762020991_2110669365152596079_n
Kaitlin is a first-year graduate student at Western Michigan University and is pursuing a Master’s of Music in Horn Performance. Mrs. Hosey attended Jones County Junior College and earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, she performed in all major ensembles, including orchestra that performed with the Beach Boys with John Stamos (Uncle Jesse), Symphonic Wind Ensemble, The Pride Marching Band, horn choir, and a horn octet that performed multiple concerts in London, England for the 46th International Horn Symposium. She has thoroughly enjoyed performing in musicals such as West Side Story and Mary Poppins. In addition, Kaitlin is a private horn instructor, where she has had students placing first in the district competitions, state competitions, and the 32 time International champion Mississippi Lions All- State Band. She was a performer and instructor for Horns of Hattiesburg led by Jacquelyn Adams that consisted of a monthly gathering of high school horn students for an evening of orchestral repertoire reading, recitals, and lectures. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys brewing sweet tea, eating turnip greens and searching for the illusive fresh black-eyed peas in Southwest Michigan with her husband Joel and their DOGuaghter Ella.

Raine Kuch

Major: Music and English
Hometown: Parchment, MI
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Raine Kuch is a Freshman in the horn studio this year. She is currently in the brand new Bachelor of Musical arts program along with pursuing another major in English Rhetoric and Writing Studies. Raine attended Parchment High School where she was a member of the PHS horn section, Wind Sargent in the Parchment marching band and a member of the National Honors Society. Outside of school, Raine was a member of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra for the duration of high school. Her highlights in horn playing include performing with the KJSO in a tour of China in 2014, and joining the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in their Pines of Rome concert in 2013. Raine has participated with Western music programs in the past such as Seminar, Band day, and the WMU Spring conference, and is thrilled to continue her musical education at Western Michigan.

Jasmine Joubran

Major: Music Education & Horn Performance
Hometown: Flushing, MI
Jasmine Joubran is a senior at WMU studying music education and horn performance. Jasmine has played in many ensembles during her time at WMU, including the University Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Bronco Marching Band, Athletic Pep Bands, Russell Brown Brass Quintet, Sixteen Valves and a Slide Brass Quintet, Horn Choir, Junior Horn Quartet, and Campus Band. She is currently serving as co-principal horn of both the Symphonic Band and the Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as the President of WMU’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education and the Symphonic Band librarian. After graduation, Jasmine hopes to teach a secondary instrumental ensemble as well as play in a professional orchestra. Aside from music, she loves spending time with family and friends, camping, reading, and growing blueberries in her backyard.

Cherylyn Lamphear

Major: pre-Music Composition
Hometown: Galesburg, MI
Hi, I'm Cherylyn. I grew up in Galesburg, MI but almost never came to Kalamazoo before I was accepted by Western. Horses are the love of my life and I rode for twelve years, starting at five years old. In addition, I am a major book worm. I have played French horn for seven years and it has become a large part of my life. I love playing in groups, especially chamber ensembles; I'm really excited about being in this studio and learning more about my instrument. 

Brenden Ludlow

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Marcellus, MI

Brenden is a first year member in the horn studio at Western Michigan University. He is looking to pursue Music Education. As a freshman, he participates in Concert Band, Marching Band, Horn Choir, and is in a WMU Brass Ensemble. He graduated in the top ten of his class at Marcellus High School and was Class President. He received the John Phillips Sousa award in competition with the other senior band members. He was also the the Drum Major of the Marching Band his junior and senior year. If Brenden is not playing his horn, he enjoys playing his trumpet, piano, and spending time with his family and friends. He looks forward to having a great first year of college in the horn studio.

Christian MacCartny

Major: pre-Music Composition
Hometown: Allegan, MI

Tessa Salisbury

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Charlotte, MI
Tessa Salisbury is currently a senior in the horn studio, studying Instrumental Music Education at Western Michigan University. She is playing French Horn in WMU's Symphonic 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.

Victoria Sherry

Major: pre-Music Performance
Hometown: Goshen, Indiana

Alexa Telfer

Major: pre-Music Education and and Spanish Secondary Education
Hometown: Mattawan, MI
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I am a junior at WMU, after having transferred from two years of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, tackling all of my general education credits. I hope to one day be a band director of a high school marching band. I am a Mellophone drill instructor in the Bronco Marching Band this year. I attended Blue Lake as a cellist. I am looking forward to being in the WMU Horn studio this year and honing my skills as a horn player.