Musicians – French Horn

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John Glaeser
french horn

John Glaeser - french horn

John Glaeser grew up in New Orleans, LA, where he began playing horn at age 12. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies in Music at the University of Southern Mississippi, John joined the Army, playing horn in two different bands in Georgia.

Since leaving military service, he has continued to work as a freelance performer and private teacher in the Augusta area. John received a Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of South Carolina, and he currently teaches horn at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Katie Glaeser
violin, french horn

Katie Glaeser - violin, french horn

Katie has been an active professional musician for over 12 years. After studying horn performance at the University of Southern Mississippi, she spent over four years performing as an enlisted member of the Army Ground Forces Band, Ft. McPherson, GA, where she completed two tours performing for troops in Kuwait.

After completing her enlistment term, Katie was drawn to pursue a career in music librarianship. She completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Music at Excelsior College and enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Today, Katie a full-time graduate student and an active member of the Music Library Association, American Library Association and Society of American Archivists.

Katie has a Master’s in Library Science and is an active member of the Music Library Association, American Library Association and Society of American Archivists. She recently served as Senior Library Assistant at Georgia Regents University, and is currently Assistant Professor – Access Services Librarian at Sweet Briar College.

In addition to performing horn and violin extensively as a freelance musician, she plays an active role promoting local music and music education in the CSRA through volunteer activities with several area music organizations.

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Joseph Johnson
french horn

Joseph Johnson - french horn

Joseph has performed in numerous collegiate ensembles and is active as a freelance musician. He currently holds the 2nd Horn position with the Johnstown Symphony in PA, and has performed as a substitute/extra with the following orchestras: Columbia County Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony, River Cities Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, West Virginia Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony.

Originally from the state of Georgia, Joseph grew up in a small town and went on to obtain his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Augusta State University in Augusta, GA. Before pursuing his Masters degree, He taught for a year at Curtis Baptist School, a private Christian school in Augusta, GA. His duties included teaching Elementary Music and Band to both Middle and High School students. Desiring a career in higher education, Joseph accepted a Graduate Assistantship from the University of Tennessee where he received a Masters in Horn Performance.

After graduation in 2009, he then accepted another Assistantship, allowing him to pursue his Doctorate in Horn Performance at West Virginia University. At WVU, Joseph conducted the University Horn Choir, taught Undergraduate and Graduate lessons within the Horn studio, and performed with the Graduate Wind Quintet, as well as other student ensembles. He was also fortunate enough to perform a concerto with the WVU Chamber Winds during his tenure in Morgantown.

Dr. Johnson completed his D.M.A. in May of 2012. His primary horn teachers were Dr. Carrie Strickland, Dr. Darian Washington, Robert Pruzin, Calvin Smith, and Dr. Virginia Thompson. He has also had lessons with or performed in masterclasses for Bill Caballero, Gail Williams, David Jolley, Adam Unsworth, Lowell Greer, and Marian Hesse. Joseph is a member of the International Horn Society and served as the State Representative for West Virginia from 2009 until 12/2012.

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Debra Sherrill
french horn

Debra Sherrill - french horn

Debra is in her 6th season as a core member of Chamber Music Charleston. In addition, she maintains an active teaching studio and performs frequently with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Augusta Choral Society, the Savannah Philharmonic, the Greenville Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.

During the summers, she is a participant with the Endless Mountain Music Festival, Loon Lake Live, the St. Augustine Music Festival and the Mozart in the South Festival. Before moving to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she held the positions of Associate Principal Horn of the Barcelona (Spain) Symphony and Principal Horn of the South Dakota Symphony.

Debra has studied with Roger Collins at Western Illinois University, Erik Ralske at Manhattan School of Music, and Jerome Ashby at the Juilliard School. Outside of playing her horn, Debra’s hobbies include traveling, karate, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving and she is an avid birder. Originally from Danville, Illinois, Debra currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.


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