The Studio


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 Bachelor’s of Music Education in 2018. With his studies, Josh maintains an active teaching and performing lifestyle, serving as Principal Horn of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, teaching a private horn studio of students in the KC area, and teaching in the Shawnee-Mission School District. Josh serves as the Assistant Youth Director and Director of Educational Outreach for the Kansas City Horn Club. Josh serves on the faculty of the University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp as instructor of horn, where he has been teaching since 2018. 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.

Joe Charlton (MM Performance)

Joseph Charlton, from Goldsby, Oklahoma is pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Horn Performance from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he is studying under Martin Hackleman, and is currently a member of the Volker Brass, UMKC’s Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet. Joseph is a recent graduate of the Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music and the Petree College of Arts and Sciences where he earned a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Physics. His previous teachers include Dr. Kate Pritchett and Dr. Evan Chancellor. Joseph has performed with the Blackwelder Brass Quintet, and the Oklahoma Haydn Festival Orchestra.

Lucas Testin  (MM Performance)

Lucas Testin is a first-year master’s student at UMKC and the fellowship horn for the Plaza Winds woodwind quintet. He graduated summa cum laude from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University with a Bachelors in Music Education, and a certificate in Servant Leadership. He then returned to the Schwob School of Music and graduated with an Artist Diploma in horn performance with a concentration in Music Technology. Lucas has studied horn under Natalie Higgins, Anna Dodd, Amy Black, and Kristen Bowers, and participated in masterclasses with Brett Hodge, Steven Cohen, Ernie Tovar, Jason Snider, Brice Andrus and Jason Ecklund. He received an honorable mention at Georgia’s MTNA Young Artist division for brass in 2018, and was the winner of the Atlanta Horn Clinic’s summer solo competition in 2017. While a member of the Schwob Horns of Columbus State University, Lucas collaborated on numerous projects, including promotional audio and video projects for the studio. He also served as a social media support for the ensemble, offering audio and video help to those wanting to promote the group. In addition to his horn experience, Lucas has also served as the graduate assistant of music technology for the Schwob School of Music, working behind-the-scenes on a majority of the school’s audio and video projects, including over 600 live concert CDs for faculty and students, and 16 studio-quality albums. He also served as a producer of the Schwob School of Music’s live stream productions, and the campus radio show Classical Overnight, where he has produced 25 episodes of the show. He also has two years of experience as the assistant audio engineer for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra out of Columbus, GA. What makes him so excited about attending UMKC and being part of the Roo Horns is the sheer amount of opportunities in performance that Kansas City has to offer. He hopes to cast a wide net and find many ways to share his artistry with the community.


 Ramone Smith II (BM Performance)

Ramone is currently a senior at UMKC Conservatory pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance with intentions to perform works of all genres at the professional level. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where he began horn in high school and studied privately with Carole Lemire-Bowman and Thomas Jöstlein. Since then Ramone has participated in the Rafael-Mendez Brass Institute, Honors Performance Series, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Medical Arts Symphony and a collection of other chamber ensembles. He currently serves as a member of the Angström Brass Quintet, the Conservatory Orchestra, the Conservatory Wind Symphony and a series small ensembles within the Conservatory. Aside from playing horn, Ramone enjoys spending his free time learning about modeling, videography and cinematography, traveling to new cities.

Rebekah Green (BM Performance)

Rebekah is currently a junior at the UMKC Conservatory pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. Originally from Huntley, Illinois, she previously studied with Ingrid Mullane but is now a student of Martin Hackleman. Prior to attending UMKC, she auditioned and participated in 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, Rebekah has performed with the Medical Arts Symphony, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and Classical Revolution here in Kansas City. She is currently a member of UMKC’s Wind Symphony and Conservatory Orchestra and was a former member of the Wind Ensemble. Outside of playing horn, Rebekah loves to go on walks and explore KC.

Emily Johns (BM Performance)

Emily Johns is a junior at the UMKC Conservatory studying with Martin Hackleman and has played horn for nine years. Before coming to UMKC, Emily lived in a small town in Southeast Missouri.  She started playing horn in 2010. In high school, Emily made the MMEA All-District Band from 2011-2017. She also was selected to the MMEA All-State Band in 2017 and was an alternate in 2015 and 2016.  She has played in masterclasses for Kateřina Javůrková, Charles “Skip” Snead, and Lanette Compton. In October 2018, Emily was a finalist in the Undergraduate Solo Competition at the Mid-South Horn Conference. Emily has attended festivals such as FOOSA and RMBI.  She currently is a member of the UMKC Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble along with a Low Brass Trio. In the past, she has performed in groups such as the KC Medical Arts Symphony, the Southeast Missouri Horn Choir, and Three Rivers Community Band. Emily’s past horn instructors include Cody Jinkerson and Scott Rybolt.

Xavier Muñoz (BM Performance)

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Xavier Muñoz is a junior working towards a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance at the UMKC Conservatory. He is currently studying under the direction of Martin Hackleman and previously studied with Shelley M. Peters. Most recently, Xavier attended Music House International and is a section member of the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. Xavier has also been a section member of the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra and subbed with the Overland Park Orchestra. Prior to attending UMKC he was selected to be a member of the Honors Performance Series Band in Carnegie Hall, the Missouri All-State Orchestra and performed with the Kansas City Youth Symphony for five seasons. In the spring of 2018, Xavier placed as Runner-Up in the Low Horn Mock Audition at the 2018 Mid-South Horn Workshop. Xavier is looking forward to continuing to grow as a musician alongside his peers as he pursues his passion of music and goal of becoming a symphony musician.

John Herschberger (BM Performance)

Jeremy Kuehnen (BM Music Education)

Jeremy Kuehnen is a Freshman at the Conservatory studying with Martin Hackleman and has played horn for seven years. Before coming to UMKC, Jeremy lived in Olathe, Kansas.  In high school, Jeremy made the KMEA All-District Band from 2016-2018 serving as principal horn in 2017 and 2018. He also was selected to the KMEA All-State Band from 2017- 2019 serving as principal horn in 2017 and 2019. In 2017, Jeremy was selected to be a part of the NaFME All-National Band in Orlando, Florida. Jeremy also played principal horn in the award-winning Fountain City Honor Band from 2016-2019, and marched baritone with the World Class Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.  Jeremy currently is a member of the UMKC Wind Ensemble and also plays in The Flock, the UMKC Freshman Horn Quartet.  Jeremy’s past horn instructor include Bill Brower. Jeremy’s favorite pastime in Kansas City is late night trips to Winstead’s.

Joe Morrione (BM Music Education/ Performance)

 Joe Morrione, a native of the Kansas City area, is currently studying Music Education and Horn Performance at UMKC under Martin Hackleman. Joe is an alumni of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City where he served as principal horn under the direction of UMKC’s own Steven Davis. Joe was also a 2 year member of the Missouri All-State orchestra he performed works such as Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from A West Side Story. Joe was also selected as a member of the 2019 Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series under the direction of USC’s Sharon Lavery. Joe studied horn under Mrs. Theresa Bentley for a majority of his playing career. He attained many exemplary ratings at state solo and ensemble under her exemplary guidance. Outside of the horn world, Joe plays jazz piano in local combo settings. Along with jazz, Joe also enjoys cooking and bike riding when the weather permits. 

Brandon Thibodeau (BM Music Education)

Brandon Thibodeau, from Holt, Missouri, is a current freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education at the UMKC Conservatory. Having formerly studied horn under Shelley M. Peters, he is now under the instruction of Martin Hackleman. Previously, Brandon was a five year member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony, serving much of this time as Principal horn. He is now a current member of the UMKC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Joseph Parisi. Brandon has also been a select member of the NW Missouri District Honor Band as well as being selected as Principal horn in the Missouri All-State Band and Orchestra in 2017, 2018, and 2019. He has also performed alongside the St. Louis Wind Symphony, being a two time recipient of the Sam Goldstein Horn Scholarship. In his time at UMKC, Brandon hopes to expand his appreciation for music to others while continually growing as a musician

Jacob Weston (BM Performance)

Jacob is from West Des Moines, Iowa and went to high school at Waukee high school in Waukee, Iowa. He started band in 5th grade and played the trumpet, thankfully he made the switch to horn in 7th grade. Jacob was a member of the Des Moines Youth Symphony for 2 years and was a member of the Des Moines honors wind ensemble for one year. He has played in various other ensembles including, pit orchestra, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, horn choirs and has had a great time performing in all of them. He previously studied horn with Joshua Johnson, 4th horn of the Des Moines Symphony. Over this past summer Jacob attended Rafael Méndez Brass Institute and Audition Mode ran by Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch. Jacob is looking forward to learning as much as he can this year as well as making more friends and connections!