Scott Brubaker has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1973, when he won his position at the age of 21. Scott brings a broad knowledge of repertoire, traditional and contempory, to the competion, allowing him a broad perspective as an adjudicator.
Mr. Brubaker has developed a notable career as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist, performing throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In Japan, he has made fifteen concert tours, seven as a featured soloist with the NY Symphonic Ensemble and the NY Philharmonia Virtuosi. Dedicated to enriching the repertoire for solo horn, and the public's awareness of the horn as a solo voice worthy of greater attention, Mr. Brubaker has commissioned, premiered, and recorded the works of outstanding American composers. Additionally, he has transcribed, published, and recorded several important major works. Mr. Brubaker has performed chamber music with the Marlboro Festival, the Emerson String Quartet, Speculum Musicae, Harmonie Ensemble, I Musici de Montreal, and the MET Chamber Series. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Mr. Brubaker has taught on the faculties of the Brooklyn Conservatory and Princeton University. His recordings may be found on the Chandos, Albany, Music & Arts, Well-Tempered, and Koch International labels.
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Leelanee Sterrett is the first female to gain tenure as a brass player in the New York Philharmonic. She has served as Third Horn since 2013.
Leelanee Sterrett, Third Horn of the New York Philharmonic, joined the Orchestra in June 2013. She was previously a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Sterrett is an alumna of The Academy (Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates) and a former member of Ensemble ACJW.
A northern-Michigan native, Ms. Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family, and she attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Purvis, Douglas Hill, and Julie Schleif. Ms. Sterrett has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a past prizewinner in the International Horn Competition of America and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program.
Ms. Sterrett is a member of Genghis Barbie, an all-female horn ensemble specializing in original arrangements of pop music from the 1970s through today. The group made its Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut in 2012 as soloists with the New York Youth Symphony, and has released four albums. The five members of Genghis Barbie are in high demand not only as performers and educators, but as musical entrepreneurs, and have given numerous concerts and master classes nationwide. Ms. Sterrett is a Siegfried's Call Artist.
Hailed as “one of today’s superstars of the international brass scene,” Sun Valley Summer Symphony Principal Horn William VerMeulen has risen to become America’s leading horn soloist and preeminent teacher. He has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990 and has performed as a guest Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Prior to Houston he was employed with the orchestras of Columbus, Honolulu, and Kansas City.
Mr. VerMeulen has been an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and participates as a performer and on faculty with the finest music festivals and chamber music presenters among which include: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aspen, Music@Menlo, Banff, DaCamera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Bell and Friends, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Steamboat Springs, Santa Fe, Orcas Island, New World Symphony, Domaine Forget, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
He has performed to critical acclaim on four continents as a soloist and chamber musician and is a popular artist at International Horn Society Symposiums where he was a member of the Advisory Council. He serves as a board member of the International Horn Competition of America. Along with the dozens of orchestral recordings in his discography are numerous solo and chamber recordings, including the complete Mozart Horn Concerti with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony, Texas Horns featuring the Dallas and Houston horn sections and a new CD entitled “The Christmas Horn” which features Mr. VerMeulen combined with his students from Rice University and conducted by Dale Clevenger. He has recorded live the Brahms Trio op. 40, Mozart Quintet K. 407, Beethoven Septet, Ravel Tombeau de Couperin for wind quintet, Schubert Octet, Spohr Nonet, Ligeti Bagatelles and the Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 1. A champion of new music, Mr. VerMeulen has had numerous pieces written for him including concerti by esteemed American composers Samuel Adler, Pierre Jalbert and Tony DiLorenzo and the horn cantata “Canticum Sacrum” by Robert Bradshaw. He recorded the Canto XI by Samuel Adler for a CD called “First Chairs”. Among his awards and honors, Mr. VerMeulen received first prize at the 1980 International Horn Society Soloist Competition and the Shapiro Award for Most Outstanding Brass Player at the Tanglewood Festival.
Regarded as one of the most influential horn teachers of all time, Mr. VerMeulen is Professor of Horn at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Brass Artist-in-Residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School and Visiting Professor of Horn at the Eastman School of Music with students performing in numerous major orchestras throughout the world including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Canadian Brass, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Montreal, St. Louis, Toronto, Detroit, Dallas and Houston Symphonies. Over 260 positions and offers of employment have been awarded to his students. In 1985 he was invited to the White House to receive a “Distinguished Teacher of America Certificate of Excellence” from President Reagan and the White House commission on Presidential Scholars.
He received his training from Dale Clevenger at Northwestern University and at the Interlochen Arts Academy and is Founder and President of VerMeulen Music, L.L.C.
Mr. VerMeulen is married to Houston Opera and Ballet violinist Sylvia VerMeulen and they have two lovely children named Michael and Nicole. In his rare free time he enjoys having good friends over to share in his passion for fine cooking and wine.
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William Purvis pursues a multifaceted career both in the U.S. and abroad as horn soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator.
A Grammy Award winner, Mr. Purvis has recorded extensively on numerous labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Naxos, Koch and Bridge. He is currently Professor in the Practice of Horn and Chamber Music at the Yale School of Music, where he is also coordinator of winds and brasses, and serves as director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.
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Jacquelyn Adams is one of the most exciting performers on the horn today. “She not only has a career that covers the regular time-honored horn player pursuits – orchestra playing, university teaching, and freelancing – but she has other creative visions and abilities that are rare by themselves and practically unheard of in a professional horn player” -The Horn Call. Adams was featured as part of The Creative Hornist column in an interview titled “New Millennium Musician: A Jack(ie) of All Trades.”
Adams plays principal horn with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra; she is also third horn with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Additional orchestral experience includes performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Albany Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic. Adams has performed as a featured guest soloist at Canada’s Sixth International Horn Day, The Cusco Music Festival, The White Mountains Music Festival, and with the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra. Her passion for innovating has led to multiple world premieres: Solomento by Charles Waters, Heavy Mettle by Wayne Lu, and Radiant Dances for horn and string orchestra by James Naigus.
Adams has performed with renowned artists representing an array of genres from Kanye West to Luciano Pavarotti. A former New York City resident, her on-Broadway experience includes Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, West Side Story, Lion King, and Legally Blonde. Television and movie appearances include CBS’s The Early Show, Disney’s Step Up 3D, and BET’s Music Awards 2007. A founding member of the all-female pop horn quartet Genghis Barbie, Adams made her radio debut LIVE on WFMU Radio’s Seven Second Delay, placed 3rd in WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs, and performed with the quartet at the International Horn Symposium 43. Recordings include Genghis Barbie’s self-titled debut album, David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Love This Giant, Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion, and Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with grammy-nominated chamber ensemble A Far Cry; she has also recorded multiple times for NFL Films. Music festivals include Bard Summerscape Opera Festival, American Institute of Musical Studies Festival at Graz, and Colorado College Summer Festival.
Jacquelyn Adams is the Assistant Professor of Horn at The University of Southern Mississippi and a faculty member at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. Previous teaching experience was gained through positions held at City University of New York Lehman College, Darton State College, Troy University, and The University of West Florida. Adams attended the University of North Texas before earning a Bachelors Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, Masters Degree from Yale University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Steven Cohen has been heard internationally as an orchestral, Broadway and chamber musician. An in-demand freelance horn player residing in New York, he is a frequent guest with orchestras in New York and Nebraska, while performing with various national touring Broadway productions such as Wicked and The Lion King. During the holiday season, Cohen can be seen with Mannheim Steamroller as their solo hornist. He is featured with the group on their latest DVD/Blu-ray and CD, Mannheim Steamroller Live. From 2010-2012, Cohen was Principal Horn with The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables. Prior to his appointment with Les Misérables, he was Principal Horn with The Manhattan Symphonie. Cohen was a National Finalist in the 2014 Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artists Brass Competition and was soloist with the University of Nebraska Symphony in March 2013 and the Mannes Conductor’s Orchestra in April 2010. In 2016, Cohen was a Contributing Artist and member of a featured ensemble at the 48th International Horn Symposium.
Cohen’s love of the horn far extends just being a performer. As a scholar, he has presented at the national and international level. His lectures “from ON stage to UNDER it: Transforming from an Orchestral to Pit Hornist and Back” and “J.S. Bach: An Exploration of Teaching and Performance Practice,” have been presented at the International Horn Symposium, various national workshops, and universities worldwide. Aside from his presentations, Cohen is an in-demand clinician, presenting masterclasses and recitals at universities across the country.
From 2015-2016, Cohen served as the Maurice Faulkner Doctoral Fellow in Horn at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cohen’s principal teachers include Philip Myers, Dr. Alan Mattingly, and R. Allen Spanjer. Steven Cohen is a Siegfried’s Call Artist.
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