What We Do

The UO Horn studio motivates students to discover their greatest potential as musicians and music educators. Students develop their love of music and culture and a respect of discipline and process. Self-expression is nurtured, and students are free to explore career paths as they find their voice and purpose.

Horn students have great educational opportunities, both on campus and off. We take an annual trip to the Northwest Horn Symposium, where students participate in master classes, mock auditions, lectures, warm-up sessions, etc., and network with students from other Northwest area colleges. Below is a list of special events and guest artists that have been at UO:

Recent Special Events, Guest Artists, Lectures, and other cool stuff:

Jennifer Montone taught a master class in November 2020!

UO Horn traveled to the Northwest Horn Symposium in Mizzoula, Montana in Spring 2019

The UO Horn Studio participated in the 2018 Northwest Horn Symposium and a student quartet (Andrea Kennard, Shae Wirth, Amrit Gupta and Sean Brennan) won the Horn Quartet Competition!

Trumpeter Rodney Marsalis talked to UO students about his career and the role of empowerment and entrepreneurship in today’s music industry, April 2018

UO Graduate, Aaron Pergram gave a presentation on “How to Get Hired (instead of Fired)”  Jan 23, 2018

The City of Tomorrow wind quintet with hornist Leander Star  gave a presentation as part of the Professional Development Series, Feb. 2, 2017

Horn superstar Jeff Nelsen gave a master class on Feb. 8, 2018, a “Fearless Performance” presentation as part of the Professional Development Series on Feb. 9, and perform 2 Mozart horn concerti with the Oregon Mozart Players, Feb. 10

Performer and pedagoge Sonja Reynolds  gave a presentation on “The Structured Studio” as part of the Professional Development Series on March 16, 2018. Sonja’s visit was sponsored by the Eastman Music Company.

Guest yogi, Natacia Hicks, gave a presentation to UO Horns about the anatomy of breath and the use of yogic breathing practices to improve performance. Natacia’s father is a professional horn player! Oct. 4, 2016

Brass Class guest artist, Dan Satterwhite, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

American Brass Quintet residency at UO, Feb. 21 and 22, 2017 with hornist Eric Reed

The UO Horn Studio hosted the Northwest Horn Symposium, 2015 — April 10-12 , 2015

Denise Tryon Masterclass, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

In 2014, Professor Van Dreel released a solo CD:  New Millennium Music for Horn, available at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and various streaming music sites.

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.

Other Recent Guest Artists and other cool stuff


Roger Kaza, 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 owns a repair studio in Portland, Oregon: Jackalope Brassworks, LLC

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.