The Studio



Tracy BassTracy Bass (DMA Performance)

Born in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, Tracy began playing piano by ear before he could even walk. From that point on, his love and passion for music never stopped growing! In seventh grade, Tracy learned how to play the alto saxophone and joined his middle school band program. He liked playing the saxophone, but frequently experimented with other wind instruments. Immediately after trying the French horn for the first time, he knew that this was the instrument for him, and he hasn’t looked back since!

Tracy began studying at Appalachian State University with Karen L Robertson in the fall of 2005. He began his degree as an education major, but eventually switched to performance. From performing Brandenburg Concerto No 1 to premiering a symphony by Maslanka, Tracy gained an immeasurable amount of musical experience during his undergraduate studies. After five amazing years at Appalachian State, he completed his Bachelors of Music Performance degree in 2010. [read more=”more” less=”less”]

In the fall of 2010, Tracy began his Masters degree at Indiana University under the instruction of Richard Seraphinoff. During Tracy’s time at Indiana University, he was able to take lessons from all three members of the horn faculty: Richard Seraphinoff, Jeff Nelsen, and Myron Bloom, in addition to lessons with Dale Clevenger and other brass faculty members. Between performing under esteemed conductors Leonard Slatkin and Cliff Colnot and performing in a summer festival concert at the Ravinia Summer Festival while playing assistant to Jeff Nelsen, Tracy was quickly gaining the tools to be a professional in the horn world.

After graduating from Indiana University in 2012, Tracy explored his increasing love of horn pedagogy. He currently maintains a studio of around 30 students. In addition to teaching, Tracy has performed with several orchestras around the midwest, including the Symphony of the Lakes, Hendricks Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony, Indiana Brass Choir, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He has held positions as third horn with the Indiana Wind Symphony and also performs regularly with Play Ethic, a chamber group which specializes in light classical/orchestral music.

Currently, Tracy is in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Kansas City Conservatory, studying under Martin Hackleman. Aside from the music world, Tracy enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, camping, kayaking, canoeing, and hammocking. [/read]

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Nicole DeuvallNicole Deuvall (DMA Performance)

Nicole Deuvall is pursuing her doctorate in horn performance and is studying with Martin Hackleman. She completed her undergraduate degree in Orchestral Performance in Horn at Arizona State University where she studied with Dr. John Ericson. Nicole completed her master’s degree in 2016 from the University of New Mexico in Horn Performance where she studied with JD Shaw and Dr. Michael Walker. During her time at UNM she held assistantships with the Dolce Divas Woodwind Quintet and Sandia Brass Quintet where she performed recitals, outreach concerts, taught horn students, and assisted with recruiting. Nicole was also apart of two CD recordings with the UNM Wind Symphony including Arrows of Time and a CD with Boston Brass set to release late Fall 2016.

Nicole is an active performer and teacher. She had played with New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Figero Project, Opera Southwest, and many others. Nicole hopes to become a music professor and remain an active performer.

When Nicole is away from the horn she enjoys being a competitive ballroom and west coast swing dancer, traveling, taking pictures, and reading.

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Lauren HarrisLauren Harris (DMA Performance)

From Bristol, TN, Lauren Harris is currently pursing a doctorate in Horn Performance at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, where she is studying with Martin Hackleman. Her previous education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance from the University of Tennessee, and a Master’s degree from West Virginia University. While at UT, Lauren won the 2014 Collegiate Solo Competition at the Southeastern Horn Workshop held at UNC Greensboro and earned the Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise upon graduating. She was also part of the wind quintet Estrowinds, which performed on campus and freelanced in the area and maintained a studio of middle and high school students. During her Masters, Lauren received WVU’s Horn Studio assistantship where she taught private lessons, taught horn choir, was a teaching assistant in aural theory, performed with WVU’s Graduate Wind Quintet, participated in the Faculty Chamber Players, and lectured in the horn seminar class. During her first year there, she won the College of Creative Arts Young Artists’ Competition where she performed Villanelle by Dukas with the symphony orchestra. [read more=”more” less=”less”]While under Lauren’s direction, WVU’s Horn Choir was invited to perform at the 2016 Northeastern Horn Workshop at IUP and premiered at horn choir piece at the 2016 International Horn Symposium in honor of the late Dr. Virginia Thompson. While living in Morgantown, WV Lauren was also a faculty member of WVU’s Community Music Program where she taught horn, theory, and beginning piano lessons.

Currently living in Kansas City, Missouri, Lauren is freelancing in the area as well as teaching private lessons. She holds a case manager position at Metropolitan Community College- Blue River where she is advising undergraduates in two-year degree programs. Her previous teachers include Calvin Smith, Karl Kramer, Dr. Katie Johnson, Dr. Virginia Thompson, and Bob Lauver. The ensembles she has performed with are Symphony of the Mountains, River Cities Symphony, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and Monongahela Chamber Winds. She also participated in Sewanee Summer Music Festival in 2013.[/read]

Emily Schaefer (DMA Performance)

A recent Graduate of The Juilliard School’s Master of Music program in Horn Performance, Emily Schaefer, a Lansdale, PA native, currently a third-year doctoral student at UMKC with Martin Hackleman and is a member of the Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet and her second year as the Horn Studio Teaching Assistant. She is the new 4th horn with Wichita Symphony Orchestra and has recently been appointed Interim Adjunct Professor of Horn at Bethel College for the fall 2018 semester. Her previous teachers include Karen Schubert of the Philadelphia Opera Company, Richard King of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Erik Ralske of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. While an undergraduate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Schaefer held the position of horn teacher at The University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Throughout her studies at The Juilliard School, she taught and coached high school students in The Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras as the Horn Mentor. She is currently teaching privately and also as the horn teacher and coach at many middle schools and high schools within the Blue Valley School District. She was principal horn in the Off-Broadway production of A Little Night Music, has been a substitute horn with the Omaha Symphony, Topeka Symphony, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Her summer activities have included the National Orchestral Institute, Festival Napa Valley, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, and Eastern Music Festival


Matthew Judd (MM Performance)

A native of Kansas City, Matthew Judd received a BM in horn performance from Truman State University in 2017. His past teachers include Pat Mickey, Shelley Peters, and Charles Ford. He has performed with the orchestras from Southeast Iowa, Quincy, and the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival. As a member of the North Star Brass Quintet, he performed in commencements and weddings throughout the Missouri/Iowa area and in outreach concerts throughout the Kansas City area.

Matthew performed as a soloist with the Truman State University Wind Symphony as a concerto competition winner and with a progressive-metal band as part of Truman State University’s Undergraduate Research Conference. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in 2015. Matthew is married to Joelle, the director of bands for the Wellington-Napoleon School District.



Marina Krol (MM Performance)

Originally from Newburgh, New York, Marina Krol is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Horn Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.  Previously, she attended the Hartt School and was awarded degrees in both Horn Performance and Music History.  While maintaining an active teaching, freelance, and chamber music lifestyle, Marina has performed with the Aspen Music Festival and School, AIMS Wind Academy, Omaha Symphony, Schwarzwälder Horntage, South Dakota Symphony, New Britain Symphony, Litchfield Brass Quintet, and currently holds the fourth horn position in the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Her mentors and teachers include Martin Hackleman, E. Scott Brubaker, Susan Spaulding and Abby S. Mayer.



Maria Nyikos (MM Performance)

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Maria Nyikos is currently in the second year of her M.M. and a member of Volker Brass, UMKC’s Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet. Maria has performed with numerous other ensembles, including the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, the Palmetto Concert Band, and the Sterling Chamber Players, and has appeared as a soloist with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble. She has served as a faculty member for the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory. Maria has participated in festivals in Europe and across the US, such as the Vianden Festival, Kendall Betts Horn Camp and Raphael Méndez Brass Institute. She completed her B.M. in Horn Performance at the University of South Carolina. Her primary teachers includeMartin Hackleman, JD Shaw and Robert Pruzin.



David Slutsky (MM Performance)

Hailing from Bentonville, Arkansas, David is in his second year of post graduate study under Martin Hackleman at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. David completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech University in the fall of 2016, studying under Dr. Gary Barrow and Evan Mino for horn, and under Dr. Daniel Belongia for conducting. David has performed as a member of the 2015 and 2017 Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Niational Intercollegiate Band, and has performed with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Arkansas Intercollegiate Band, the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony and Conservatory Orchestra, the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and several chamber ensembles.

During his time at Arkansas Tech University, David was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and served as his chapter’s Recording Secretary and Chairman of Music. In his spare time, David enjoys arranging and composing, playing video games and trading card games, and reading.


Josh Hannon (MM Performance)

From Conway, Arkansas, Josh Hannon is pursuing a Master’s Degree of Horn Performance from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he is studying with Martin Hackleman. Josh is a recent graduate from the University of Arkansas where he earned a bachelors of Music Education in 2018. Josh’s previous teachers include Tim Thompson, Brent Shires, and Krista Spainhour. With his studies, Josh maintains an active teaching and performing lifestyle, performing with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, the Overland Park Orchestra, teaching private horn lessons, and teaching in the Shawnee-Mission School District. As a former member of the Razorback Marching Band, Josh was the 2018 winner of the Eldon A. Janzen Director’s Award for Meritorious Service. Josh was the assistant principal horn of the 2016 World Youth Wind Orchestra Project as part of the Mid-Europe Summer Music Festival in Schladming, Austria. In 2014 Josh was the National 3rd Place Winner of the MTNA Student Solo Competition.




Kali Dodd (BM Performance)

Kali is currently a senior working towards a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. She is now studying under the direction of Martin Hackleman and previously studied privately with Shelley M. Peters. Most recently, Kali traveled up to Interlochen Center for the Arts to work as a summer employee and is now acting as the 3rd horn in the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Since coming to UMKC in the fall of 2015, Kali has performed with many local groups including the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and Classical Revolution Kansas City. In 2015 she was selected as the Northwinds symphonic band Young Artist Solo Competition winner. Prior to attending UMKC she was selected to be a part of the Missouri All-State band for three years. During her Junior and Senior years of high school, she performed as Principal horn with the Kansas City Youth Symphony at KMEA and the Northwest Clinic in Chicago. Kali is looking forward to continued growth with her professors and peers as she pursues her passion of music and ultimate goal of becoming a symphony musician.



Ramone Smith II (BM Performance)

Ramone Smith II is currently in his third year of his undergrad pursuing a Bachelor of Music in horn performance. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where he studied with Carol Lemire-Bowman and Thomas Jostlein since his late sophomore year of high school. Since then he has been actively working towards being able to have the necessary skills and knowledge to make music with professional ensembles of all sorts. Ramone has previously has played with the Medical Arts Symphony Orchestra, attended the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, and spent a summer working at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He currently plays with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Kansas City Philharmonia and other university affiliated ensembles and small chamber groups. Aside from playing horn, Ramone loves watching drama/action films, traveling and exploring random parts of any city, and spending time with friends and family.



Devon Fuentes (BM Performance)

Devon Fuentes, originally from Bentonville, Arkansas graduated from Bentonville High School. Now a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Devon is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree under the instruction of Martin Hackleman. She began playing horn in middle school and received lessons from Timothy Hendrix. Also she was a part of groups such as: The Ozark Family Opera Company, Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Arkansas All State band, and BOA Rose Bowl participant. Devon is looking forward to growing as a horn player and being in a city with such a rich music scene.



Rebekah Green (BM Performance)

Rebekah Green is currently a sophomore at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. Originally from Huntley, Illinois, she began to play horn at the age of 11 in her middle school band. In high school, Rebekah auditioned for and made the ILMEA District 9 Orchestra in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and was selected to play in the ILMEA All-State Honors Band in 2016 and the ILMEA All-State Honors Orchestra in 2017. Since coming to UMKC in the fall of 2017, she has performed with the Medical Arts Symphony and Midwest Chamber Ensemble here in Kansas City. Rebekah is currently a member of UMKC’s Wind Symphony and Conservatory Orchestra and is a former member of the Wind Ensemble. Rebekah previously studied with Ingrid Mullane but is now a student of Martin Hackleman.



Emily Johns (BM Performance)

Emily Johns is a sophomore at the Conservatory studying with Martin Hackleman and has played horn for eight years. Before coming to UMKC, Emily lived in Dudley, Missouri.  She discovered her love of music at the age of four playing the piano and singing with her mother. In high school, Emily made the MMEA All-District Band from 2011-2017 serving as principal horn in 2017. She also was selected to the MMEA All-State Band in 2017 and was an alternate in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Emily was selected to be a part of the Spirit of Aloha Honor Band and where she performed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor.  In 2015 and 2016, Emily was a member of the National FFA Honor Band and performed at the National FFA Convention. Emily has participated in the Mid-South solo high school horn competition. She has played in master classes for Kateřina Javůrková (Prague Philharmonia) and Charles “Skip” Snead. Emily spends her summers teaching horn in her hometown and works as a teacher at a middle school beginning band camp. Emily currently is a member of the UMKC Wind Ensemble and also plays in a horn quartet.  Emily’s past horn instructors include Cody Jinkerson and Scott Rybolt. When Emily is away from the horn she enjoys cooking and reading a good book.

Xavier Muñoz (BM Performance)

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Xavier Muñoz is a sophomore at the Conservatory and has played the horn for seven years. Prior to coming down to UMKC, Xavier grew up in North Kansas City, Missouri. Xavier was a 5 year member of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and was a member of the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Steve D. Davis for his final two years. In high school, Xavier was a 4 year member of the KC Metro #3 All-District Band. Xavier was also selected to be a part of the MMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra in his final year. In 2016, Xavier played in a masterclass taught by Alberto Suarez (Principle horn of the Kansas City Symphony) held in Helzberg Hall. In February 2017, Xavier was selected to be a member of the Honors Performance Series Honors Band in New York City where he served as 4th horn of the ensemble which performed in Carnegie Hall. In March 2018, Xavier placed as Runner-Up in the Low Horn Mock Audition at the 2018 Mid-South Horn Workshop. Xavier’s past horn instructor was Shelley M. Peters (William Jewell College). Fun fact about Xavier, he can juggle and play ukulele (not simultaneously).


John Herschberger (BM Performance)

John Herschberger is a freshman at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance. John is from Marion, Iowa, a suburb of Cedar Rapids, and attended Linn-Mar High School where he learned to play piano for 9 years and French horn for 7. Before attending UMKC, John studied with Dan Malloy Jr. on horn and for a brief period with Dr. Rene Lecuona on piano. During High School, John was a member of the Iowa All State Band and a member of the Iowa All State Orchestra. John hopes to eventually become a professional horn player, through free-lancing, teaching, and/or becoming a player in a professional symphony.

Jonas Riley (BM Performance)

Jonas Riley is a freshman at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. Before coming to UMKC, he grew up in Winterset, Iowa and graduated from the local high school. Jonas has had a passion for music, and especially his horn, for many years. During high school, he performed in the Iowa All-State Music Festival for three years (2015-2017) and in the Iowa Jazz Championships as an outstanding trumpet soloist for one year (2017). He studied under Josh Johnson, horn professor at Iowa State University and performer in several orchestras around Iowa. Josh helped Jonas learn to love his craft and grow in his passion for making music. This strong passion led him to become one of UMKC’s newest Roo Horns.

In his free time, Jonas enjoys longboarding, playing with his pet dog and kittens, and adding to his already quite impressive collection of Crocs.