The UO Horn Studio is a diverse group of UO students who study and improve their skills on the horn through a variety of degree programs. Every student has a one-hour private weekly lesson and attends studio class during the week. Students can participate in large ensembles, chamber music ensembles, horn ensemble, and perform solo recitals in various venues and organizations throughout the University music community.

Most students in the horn studio are music majors (education or performance), but there are also non-majors that participate in the studio and the school of music.


Northwest Horn Symposium, April 2016


American Brass Quintet residency at UO, Feb. 21 and 22, with hornist Eric Reed

In Beall with Brahms - Horn Trio performance, Feb. 29

Professor Van Dreel performed and taught in Nairobi, Kenya in October, 2016 at the Kenya Conseratoire of Music. She brought 4 donated horns and other music materials for the Kenyan students.

In August, Professor Van Dreel premiered a new piece for horn and motion-detection electronics at the 47th International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles.

We hosted the Northwest Horn Symposium, 2015 -- April 10-12

Denise Tryon Masterclass, Monday, Nov. 17, 7-9 pm, SOMD rm. 190.

Professor Van Dreel has released a new solo CD:  New Millennium Music for Horn, available at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and various streaming music sites.

International Horn Symposium - London Professor Van Dreel presented on "Technology in Performance and Pedagogy"

UO Horn students participated in the 2014 Northwest Horn Symposium where we performed as a Horn Ensemble. Also, Mara Liechty took home double gold, winning both the collegiate concerto competition and the collegiate excerpt competition!

Kelsi McGlothin, Junior Horn Performance Major won a concerto performance with the Oregon Sinfonietta. January 19, Portland, Oregon.

Andrew Clark, Natural Horn Master Class, Friday, February 7, noon - 1:30 pm, room 190

Roger Kaza Master Class, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1 pm. UO School of Music and Dance.

We do fun stuff, like this!

Members of the UO Horn Studio participated in the Northwest Horn Symposium in Bozeman, MT, in April of 2013. The UO horn ensemble performed, and a horn quartet premiered STRIA, a new horn quartet by Evan C. Paul.

Recent guest artists:


Adam Unsworth
Genghis Barbie
Michael Gast


Kerry Turner

Kristina Mascher-Turner

Jennifer Montone

John Cox

Greg Roosa

Quadre: The Voice of Four Horns

Gleb Karpushkin

Susan Anderson (MM '12) performed Radiohead's OK Computer with the Portland Cello Project (subbing with the City of Tomorrow)
Susan has also opened a repair studio: Jackalope Brassworks, LLC
Associate Professor of Horn, Lydia Van Dreel, can be heard playing on the Chrysler 2012 Superbowl ad. Alex Ross wrote about it in his blog.

Lydia commissioned a piece by composer Eve Beglarian for natural horn and electronics. You can listen to it here.



Professor Van Dreel is on sabbatical during Spring term, 2016. The following people will be teaching at UO during the spring"

week 1: Kristina Mascher, former principal horn of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (Flemish Radio Orchestra) and currently interim hornist in the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, hails from Albany, Oregon. Member of the American Horn Quartet and the Virtuoso Horn Duo.


week 2:

Andrew Karr, adjunct Instructor of French Horn at University of South Florida, is Associate Principal horn of The Florida Orchestra, and has been performing with that ensemble since 2008. Prior to that, he was acting principal horn of the Sarasota Orchestra. From 2002-2005, he was the principal horn of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra.


week 3:


Robert Patterson is a hornist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the IRIS orchestra, a composer and a software developer. His plug-ins for Finale are used by musicians throughout the world.


week 4:

Sarah Morrow, MM from UO in ’14, is the brass faculty head at The People’s Music School in Chicago, IL, and has been a staff member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp since 2012.

week 5:

Eric Grunkemeyer, MM from UO in ’15, is a freelance hornist, a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Ura Wind Quintet, and has performed with the Astoria Music Festival.


week 6 :
Rebecca Olason, BM from UO in ’12, MM from Peabody, a freelance hornist, member of the Newport Symphony and the new music group, Sound of Late, and has performed regularly with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.


week 7 and 8:
Leander Star, founding member of the award-winning wind quintet, City of Tomorrow and member of the Portland Opera Orchesatra. Leander has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Gruppo Montebello (the faculty chamber orchestra at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada), Fear No Music (Portland, Oregon), and the Friends of Rain Ensemble (the faculty new music ensemble at Lewis and Clark College.) He plays regularly with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Leander Star teaches horn at the University of Mississippi and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2013, he joined the faculty of Young Musicians and Artists, a summer band program at Willamette University.


week 9  and 10:

Andrew Pelletier  is a horn soloist and Grammy-award winning chamber musician regularly performing across the United States.  He is the First Prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition (America’s only internationally recognized competition for the horn) and has appeared as a soloist at the International Horn Society Annual Symposia in 1997, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014.  He has commissioned and premiered over 20 new works for the horn as a solo voice, by such noted composers as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Roger Reynolds, Kerry Turner, Christopher Dietz, Carson Cooman, Randall Faust, Joseph Landers and Anne McGinty.  An active chamber musician, he performs with Southwest Chamber Music in California (with whom he won the 2005 Grammy award for Best Classical Recording, Small Ensemble), the Motor City Brass Quintet and has performed with the Empire Brass Quintet, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, Detroit.  As an orchestral performer, he is the principal horn of the Michigan Opera Theatre at the historic Detroit Opera House and the Ann Arbor Symphony, and has performed as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (under Music Director Gustavo Dudamel), Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony and the Windsor (Canada) Symphony.  He is the former principal horn for the Santa Barbara Symphony, Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Long Beach Camerata, Maine Chamber Ensemble and Portland (Maine) Ballet.  A regular performer with the Detroit and Toledo Symphonies; he has also performed with the New West Symphony, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra (for six seasons) and is a founding member of the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He spent almost a decade as an active free-lance performer in Los Angeles and can be heard on film soundtracks as Battle: Los Angeles, Your Highness, Lethal Weapon 4, The X-Men, Frequency and various television movies for Lifetime TV and the Sci-Fi Channel.


Student News

  • Congratulations, Peter Yurkovich, BM, '08; MM, '10 on becoming a U.S. Marine and member of the Marine Band, San Diego.
  • Congratulations, Sarah Morrow, MM '14, on your position as Brass Faculty Head at The People's Music School in Chicago!
  • Congratulations, Jarek Bartels, BMusEd '15, on your new job as K-12 music and band teacher in Moro, Oregon!
  • Congratulations, Kelsi McGlothin, BM '15, on winning the 2nd horn position with the Eugene Concert Orchestra!
  • Congratulations, Bret Eason, MMusEd '15, BMusEd '14, on your new job as music teacher at North Valley High School, Grants Pass!
  • Good luck, Michelle Stuart, MM '14, MMusEd '15, as you continue in graduate studies at the Royal College of London!
  • Good luck, Margarite Waddell, BM '14, as you continue in graduate studies at San Francisco Conservatory
  • Congratulations, Mara Liechty, MMusEd '14 on your new position as band director at Junction City, High School
  • Congratulations, Kelsi McGlothin, BM '15, for winning the 2nd horn position during your senior year in the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Asst. Principal position in the Rogue Valley Symphony
  • Congratulations, Eric Grunkemeyer, MM '14 for winning the 4th horn position with the Rogue Valley Symphony
  • Sarah Morrow, MM '14, spent the summer of '14 touring Europe as principal horn with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra
  • Congratulations, Mara Liechty, BM performance and education '13, MMus Eduction '14, for winning both the collegiate concerto competition and the collegiate excerpt competition at the Northwest Horn Symposium '14.
  • Congratulations, Susan Anderson, MM '12, for your new job as a repair tech at Wally's!
  • Congratulations, Kelsi McGothin, BM '15, for winning the 2014  Oregon Sinfonietta Concerto Competition.
  • Congratulations, Arryn Bess, BMusEd, '15, for winning first place during your junior year, in the horn category at DCI International!
  • Congratulations, Erika Rudnicki, B.MusEd '08, MM '10, for your new job as Assistant Principal at Federal Way Public Schools, WA.
  • Congratulation, Margarite Waddell, BM '14, for winning the position of Asst. principal horn, during your junioro year, with the Rogue Valley Symphony, spring 2013
  • Bret Eason, BMusEd '14; MMusEd, '15, was a member of the National Intercollegiate Band, 2013.
  • Michelle Stuart, MM '14 student, performed chamber music in Eagle Creek, Oregon, and participated in the 2013 and 2014 IHS symposium.
  • Eric Grunkeymeyer, MM '14 student, toured Europe with the 2013 Blue Lake Festival Orchestra.
  • Rebecaa Olason, BM '12, toured Maryland, Michigan and Indiana during the summer of 2013 with her chamber group, Exalt Brass.
  • Margarite Waddell, BM '14 spent the summer of 2012 at Brevard and the Fresh Inc. Festival.
  • Rebecca Olason, BM '12, graduated from The Peabody Conservatory in 2014 with her MM in horn performance.
  • Caitlin Brody, Post-Bacchalareate studies at UO,  graduated from UCLA in 2014 with her MM in horn performance.
  • Kai Finlayson, BM cum laude '10, is a teaching fellow at NYU pursuing a PHD in Musicology.
  • Sarah Van Dusen, MM '08 and GTF, is currently pursuing a PHD in Education at UC Boulder.
  • Congratulations, John Dodge, MM '10, for winning the position of Associate Principal Horn position with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago in Santiago, Chile.
  • Congratulation, Susan Anderson, MM '12, for winning the position of 4th horn with the Rogue Valley Symphony in the fall of 2011.