Recent News

The RooHorns Perform at Crescendo!

11/02/18 – The RooHorns performed as a part of the UMKC Conservatory fundraising event Crescendo, performing the J.D. Shaw arrangement of “Nearer My God To Thee”.

Corbin Wagner visits the RooHorns

10/22/2018 – Corbin Wagner, Associate Professor of Horn at Michigan State University, visited UMKC to work with the Horn Studio on our upcoming performance at Crescendo! and give a masterclass, working with a handful of students on various selections of solo and orchestral horn repertoire.

The RooHorns go to Midsouth

10/12/2018 – Members of the UMKC Horn studio made their way to Wichita State University for the 2018-2019 IHS Midsouth Horn Workshop. The RooHorns attending the workshop listened to recitals, participated in masterclasses, toured the various exhibits, and competed in the orchestral excerpts and solo competitions.

RooHorn Lauren Harris Wins 2nd Horn in Saint Joseph Symphony – 10/02/2018

10/02/2018 – UMKC DMA student Lauren Harris has won 2nd Horn with the Saint Joseph Symphony and has been asked to perform with Bruce Vantine’s Cornerstone Chorale and Brass on a month-long tour. Congratulations Lauren!


Lauren Harris

RooHorn Emily Schaefer Wins 4th Horn in Wichita – 06/11/2018

June 11, 2018 – UMKC DMA student and member of the Plaza Winds, Emily Schaefer, has won the position of 4th horn with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Congratulations Emily!



Haislip Appointed to Mississippi State – 07/13/2016

July 13, 2016 – UMKC Horn Alumni Matthew Haislip (DMA, horn performance, 2015) has been appointed as Instructor of Horn at Mississippi State University. We are super proud of all his success, and wish him well in the future!

Congratulations Matthew!



Alum Steve Lewis to Study in Paris – 06/15/2016

June 15, 2016 – Steve Lewis, Jr. (MM conducting, 2012) has been awarded the EAMA/Florence Gould Foundation Michael Iovenko Fellowship to study conducting in Paris, Summer 2016 as part of the European American Musical Alliance at the historic Schola Cantorum.



Alum Natalie Brooke Higgins Appointed to Schwob School of Music – 03/21/2016

March 31, 2016 – RooHorns Alumna Natalie Brooke Higgins (DMA, performance), founding member of Alias Brass Company, has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music in Horn at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia, beginning August of 2016. We are very proud of her accomplishments, and hope her new students are excited to learn from her!