David W. Johnson
David Johnson is a Licentiate of the Royal College of Music in London and is professor of horn at the
Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He has held principal horn positions in the
Boston Opera Orchestra, Niedersaechsisches Staatsorchester Hannover, Philharmonia Hungarica,
Radio Symphony Orchestra of Basel and the Berne Symphony. Before joining the Conservatorio in Lugano,
Mr. Johnson taught at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Berne and Winterthur-Zurich. As a solist, he won the
Geneva International Horn Competition and the Swiss Prize in 1985 and with the American Horn Quartet,
which he founded in 1982, he has won competitions in Hungary (1989), Belgium (1991) and Japan
in addition to recording 8 CDs before retiring from the group.
Heather Johnson graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree in Education from Northern Kentucky University. She has over 35 years of experience as a school band director, holding positions in Ohio, Florida, Illinois, and Switzerland, as well as performance experience as a free-lance hornist. Mrs. Johnson studied horn with Michael Hatfield, William Robinson, Milton Blaalock, A.C. Myers, and Dale Clevenger and conducting at CCM and VanderCook College of Music. She has served on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society, is the former news editor of the Horn Call magazine, and is a contributing editor for The Instrumentalist magazine. Mrs. Johnson is the Horncamps! administrator and large horn ensemble conductor.
Dan Phillips, Associate Professor of Horn and Theory, joined The University of Memphis faculty in the fall of 1999. In addition to teaching duties, he plays in the Memphis Brass Quintet, the Memphis Woodwind Quintet and the Birth of the Cool Ensemble, all faculty ensembles in residence at the University. He holds degrees in horn performance from Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame and has done additional graduate study at Indiana University.
His background as a hornist includes extensive experience in solo, chamber ensemble, symphonic, studio and operatic idioms throughout the US and in Europe, Brazil and Japan. Mr. Phillips has a broad background as a conductor, arranger, and teacher. He served three terms as Visiting Professor at Southern Illinois University's campus in Nakajo, Japan; and in the spring of 1992, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Latvian Music Academy in Riga. He is web master for The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and for the International Horn Society.
Michelle Stebleton is an Associate Professor of Horn and member of the Florida State Brass Quintet and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Since coming to FSU in 1990, she has been awarded the Teaching Incentive Program Award, an Undergraduate Teaching Award, and several large research grants. Through these grants she recorded two compact discs available on MSR Classics: The Horn Works of Paul Basler and MirrorImage at the Opera, a recording of her horn duo with Lisa Bontrager. The Florida State Brass Quintet’s CD Strophes of the Night and Dawn is available through Crystal Records.
Ms. Stebleton, a Holton-Leblanc Artist Clinician, is a six-time prize winner in various divisions of the American Horn Competition. She has traveled to 26 countries as a chamber artist and clinician and performs regularly as a soloist and clinician in Paraguay, The Czech Republic, and under the baton of Philipe Entremont in the bi-annual Music Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic.
At FSU Professor Stebleton maintains a horn studio of about 30 students. Actively performing, she is regularly featured at the International Horn Society Symposiums and Southeast Horn Workshops. She currently serves as on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society.
Professor Stebleton received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied
with Louis J. Stout and Lowell Greer. She holds a diploma from the Prague Mozart Academy.
Bill Warnick attended the Mannes College of Music where he studied horn with Paul Ingraham. He also attended the Aspen Festival studying there with Philip Farkas and pursued advanced studies in Chicago with Arnold Jacobs and in New York with Richard Reissig.
He has had an extensive and varied career playing in the Symphony of the New World, American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, Brooklyn Phiharmonia Chamber Ensemble, Filarmónica de Caracas (Venezuela), Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo (Venezuela) and Orquest Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas (Venezuela). Bill has also performed with the Gil Evans Big Band and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, in the pit for the Broadway musicals Platinum and Sugar Babies and on tours with Stevie Wonder and Willie Colon.
Bill has a broad teaching background in South America.
Andrew Pelletier is a Grammy Award-winning soloist and chamber musician and respected teacher/mentor. Principal horn of the Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit Opera House), he is the former principal horn of the Ann Arbor (MI) Symphony and the Santa Barbara (CA) Symphony, and has appeared as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera, the Windsor (Canada) Symphony, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio. He is the First-prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition and is active internationally as a solo artist. He has appeared at 9 International Horn Society Annual Symposia and has presented solo performances in 30 U.S. States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, and Mexico. As a member of Southwest Chamber Music, he won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording (small ensemble category). Active in the world of New Music, he has commissioned and premiered over 25 works for the horn as a solo voice. He holds a B.M. from the University of Southern Maine and an M.M. and the D.M.A. from the University of Southern California. He is an elected member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society, and is a life member of the IHS and the British Horn Society. He is very proud to serve as the Professor of Horn at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA, whose faculty he joined in 2004.