BGSU Horn Club

Screenshot of BGSU Horn Club Zoom Call

From left to right - Row 1: Dr. Andrew Pelletier, Ethan Hupp, Zoe Voelkner, Rachel Constantino, Kyle Olsen, Charlie Ditchman, Mitchell Hemme. Row 2: Josh Astle, Hayden Mesnick, Kaylee Skaris, Mikinzi Pigman, Phoebe Saboley Row 3: Ellie Stover, Hannah Oprea, Ellie Kronberg, Nick Culver Row 4: Cherylyn Lamphear, Cara Abraham, Pershelle Rohrer

At the 50th Annual International Horn Symposium, 2018

[Dr. Pelletier] "Thank you all very much. We are the BGSU Horn Club, a large horn ensemble from Bowling Green State University in Northwest Ohio. And um, this being our fiftieth International Horn Society I wanted to present some music that has its roots the past and also some music to look forward. So we began with a suite by Roger Johnson written in 1960 for the Los Angeles Horn Club- partly founded by my mentor Jim Decker, and kind of the initial large ensemble which gave people the idea of perhaps creating something like the IHS. It's a dear piece to me- I absolutely adore that piece. Next, we have the Faust Meditation. I have to admit I am unabashedly a Randy Faust fan. He has been a huge influence on me both professionally and personally for many many years. And this year, he retired from academic life after several long decades this happened. And so I wanted to do something to honor him and all that he has done for all of us across the world who play the horn, teach the horn, love the horn, who sing melodies through the horn. So enjoy Meditation by Randy Faust."   

About Us:

Undergraduate Students
Hi! I’m Kaylee Skaris and I am a 4th year music performance major. A fun fact about me is that I have a hamster named Ellie!

Kaylee will be attending Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music for a Master of Music in Horn Performance in the fall!

Hi friends! I'm Joshua Astle, a Music Education major that's in his 4th year (I'll be doing an extra one though, whoops!). A fun fact about me is I found out I am a Guitar Hero prodigy, during a horn club hangout!
Hello! My name is Cara Abraham. I am a fourth year Music Education major here at BGSU. My career goals include continuing as an active advocate for human rights and teaching general music in inner city public schools. When I find spare time, I love to crochet and hang out good friends in the horn studio and College of Musical Arts. Cara currently serves as secretary for the Horn Club!

Cara will be performing her senior recital on May 3rd at 6pm, in Bryan Recital Hall!

My name is Ellie Stover, and I’m a third-year music education major specializing in instrumental music, and I hope to teach middle school band or elementary general music. Fun fact about me; aside from music, I am very passionate about the National Park Service and conservation!
Hi! I'm Hayden Mesnick and I'm a third-year composition major. In addition to horn, I play piano and other keyboard instruments in a number of styles, including jazz and Baroque. A fun fact about me is that I'm in the process of organizing a concert series focused on representing marginalized musical traditions. Hayden currently serves as the Treasurer for the Horn Club!
Hiya! My name is Phoebe Saboley and I'm the President of the BGSU Horn Club! I'm a 3rd year Music Education major. I spent this summer working at Interlochen Arts Camp as a counselor and lifeguard!
Yo! I’m Ethan Hupp and I’m the Vice-President of the BGSU Horn Club! I am a 3rd year Horn Performance major. I also sing Bass for the BGSU Men’s Chorus, Collegiate Chorale, and Tonal Eclipse Acapella. I enjoy playing piano in my (admittedly very little) free time, and also work as a Resident Advisor for the university!
Hi! I'm Stephanie DeCroix, and my major is Forensic Science Specializing in Examination. A fun fact is I also play mellophone and trumpet? I'm from Niagara Falls? I'm bad at fun facts.
Hi! My name is Hannah Oprea and I am a second-year horn performance major. A fun fact about me is that I have a mini Goldendoodle named Tater! Hannah currently serves as Vice-President for the Horn Club!
Hello! My name is Mitchell Hemme. I am a first year Music Performance student at BGSU. My strange fun fact is I can play over 20 different instruments!
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My name is Pershelle Rohrer, and I am a fourth-year student majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Journalism. I am originally from Logan, Utah, but have deep family ties to BGSU. A fun fact about me is that I have interned with BGSU Athletics and the Toledo Walleye during my time as Falcon, and I also volunteered at Super Bowl LIV in Miami and the NFL Draft in Cleveland!
Hiya! My name is Ellie Kronberg and I'm a current 1st year Middle Childhood Education Major with a focus in English and science! I originally started on trumpet, since my school didn't allow students to start on horn, so I switched in 7th grade and have loved it ever since! A fun fact about me is that recently, I got to go on a weekend trip to Canada with the HLC here at BGSU in September!
Hi, my name is Charles Ditchman. I'm a first year music performance major from Lakewood, Ohio. My favorite thing to do is watch the sunset with my dog, Stella.
My name's Zoe Voelker, I'm a freshman Music Education major. I am in wind symphony and the falcon marching band. I'm from Kent Ohio which is about 2 and a half hours away from BG. Some fun facts about me, I have 4 cats back home and I love to go hiking.
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Graduate Students

Nick Culver is a second-year graduate student in Horn Performance. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, he completed his Bachelor's of Music in Horn Performance at Michigan State University and loves performing chamber and contemporary music for various ensembles and composers. He's premiered several works already in his time at Bowling Green for rising and established composers and looks forward to championing more new music. As a fun fact, he enjoys food, beer, friends, and collaborating with friends and colleagues. Nick currently holds an assistantship with the public events office!


Victor Cabezas is currently pursuing his masters in composition at BGSU. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he earned his Bachelors of Music in music composition from Northern Kentucky University. Along with the horn he also plays piano and sings. One fun fact is that he has a love for astronomy, and originally wanted to pursue a career in astronomy before deciding on music.


Kyle Olsen Is a first year master's student pursuing a Master of Music, Horn Performance degree at BGSU. At BGSU, Kyle is a member of the Graduate Brass Quintet and is the horn studio graduate assistant. Kyle received two degrees from Central Washington University: a Bachelor of Music, Horn Performance and a Bachelor of Music, Music Education degree. Originally from Monroe, Washington, Kyle is an avid hiker and loves anything that involves being outside in the beautiful wilderness of Washington.


Cherylyn Lamphear is a first year graduate student pursuing her Master’s degree in horn performance. She is from Galesburg, MI; before coming to BGSU she earned two Bachelor’s degrees form Western Michigan University in horn performance and music education. Currently, Cherylyn is a graduate assistant with the Falcon Marching Band. When she is not playing horn, Cherylyn enjoys composing and reading.


Dr. Andrew Pelletier

  • Position: Professor (horn)
  • Phone: 419-372-2321
  • Email:
  • Address: 1058 Moore Musical Arts Center

Internationally active horn soloist, Grammy Award winning chamber musician, and
masterclass clinician, Andrew Pelletier enjoys an extremely busy life of solo playing,
orchestral performance, and mentoring developing musicians. On his solo performing, John
Henken of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “gleaming, handsome playing. Pelletier is a soloist
who seems capable of anything on his instrument.” Fanfare Magazine called him
“Phenomenal…undeniably in tune with what he plays” and the American Record Guide has
praised his “full sound and playing with authority and imagination.” The First Prize winner
of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition (America’s only internationally
recognized competition for the horn), he has appeared as a Featured Artist at the
International Horn Society Annual Symposia of 2009 and 2014, and has appeared as a solo
artist at the Symposia of 1997, 2003, 2005, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021. He is
in regular demand for artistic residencies and clinics at universities and music schools, and
these solo tours have taken him to 30 US states, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China,
England, and Mexico.

Dedicated to new music and the collaboration between performer and composer, he has
commissioned and premiered over 50 new works for the horn as a solo voice, by such noted
composers as Samuel Adler, Meredith Brammeier, Carson Cooman, David Crumb, Fernando
Deddos, Christopher Dietz, Randall Faust, David Gillingham, Joseph Landers, Katherine
Likhuta, Anne McGinty, Roger Reynolds, Corey Ryan, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Kerry Turner.

As a 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 in Detroit, 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 has performed as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles
Philharmonic (under Music Director Gustavo Dudamel), the Detroit Symphony, the
Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and the
Windsor (Canada) Symphony. He is the former principal horn for the Ann Arbor Symphony,
Santa Barbara Symphony, Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Long Beach
Camerata, Maine Chamber Ensemble, and Portland (Maine) Ballet. He has also performed
for over five seasons with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding
member of the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre (now Opera Maine), with whom he
performed for three seasons. 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 TV movies for Lifetime TV and the SyFy Channel.

A Lifetime member of the International Horn Society and the British Horn Society, he is
dedicated to service to the horn community, and has served the International Horn Society
in a variety of ways over the years: as President (2018-2021), host/coordinator of the 53rd
Annual International Horn Society Symposium (2021), Advisory Council member,
Coordinator of Scholarships and Competitions, member of the Digital E-Newsletter
committee, and Ohio Regional Coordinator. His pedagogical articles have been published by
the International Horn Society, the Norwegian Horn Society, the New England Horn Society,
the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and the New York Brass Conference. He holds a B.M.
degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Southern Maine, and an M.M. and
the D.M.A (voted Outstanding Graduate of the Class for both degrees) from the University of
Southern California. His primary mentor was James Decker, with additional studies with
John Boden, David Jolley, trumpeter Roy Poper, Michael Thompson and Gail Williams. He
has recorded for MSR Classics, Cambria Master Classics, Centaur Records, ToneQuest
Recordings, Koch International, and Delos labels.

Since 2004, Pelletier is very proud to serve as the Professor of Horn of the College of
Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he also
serves as the Coordinator of the Brass Area. He was named a Professor of Creative Arts
Excellence at BGSU in 2020. He has previously taught at the Portland (Maine) Conservatory
of Music, Moorpark College, Ventura Community College, and the University of Southern
California. Andrew Pelletier plays exclusively on horns by Paxman of London, England, and
mouthpieces by PHC London.

Updated: 04/19/2023 06:20PM