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Horn Day at Southeast Missouri State University is a great opportunity for horn players to learn from accomplished artists and polish their skills. 

Horn Day

You don't want to miss the annual Horn Day at Southeast!

SEMO Horn Day - February 17, 2024

Early bird registration will be Due 1/15/2024 and registration will be available up until the event begins! For more information you can contact Dr. Kenney at NKenney@semo.edu.

Same day registration will be from 8:30-9 a.m. in the River Campus Dobbins Center.

Guest Artist

Dr. Dakota Corbliss

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Dr. Dakota Corbliss is currently the Assistant Professor of Horn and Graduate Director of Music Performance Program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Corbliss has previously served as an instructor of horn at the University of South Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, and Coastal Carolina University.

As an ensemble performer, Corbliss is Co-Principal Horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra as well as 4th Horn in the Western Piedmont Symphony. Additionally, he plays with many other regional orchestras such as North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Augusta Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. In the past, he has performed with the likes of New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, South Florida Philharmonic, New River Valley Symphony, the United States Navy Band Southwest, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and many others.

He is an avid chamber musician, helping found Vice City Brass, a collective of brass and electronic musicians aiming to bridge the generational gap between the past, present, and future. VCB has recently put out their debut album, "TELECONFERENCE." He has also performed in Belgium and France as a member of System 5 Brass. Corbliss has recently co-founded a new music group called PIVOT, a horn and saxophone duo that aims to use their music to "pivot" the views of their listeners on important social issues. Their first album "terraform" has been released and is available on all streaming platforms.

Dr. Corbliss has an extensive background in pedagogical instruction, working with a wide variety of private students, chamber groups, and large ensembles. Presenting masterclasses at regional high schools and universities is a regular part of his instruction, as well as instruction in the marching arts. He frequents judging circuits across the eastern seaboard, and serves as a brass technician with Drum Corps International's World Class Sacramento Mandarins.

In an administrative role, Corbliss is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the Brass Institutes of America, a series of brass intensives that take place in the summer across the country. He has also worked logistics on many projects including the Savvy Arts Venture Challenge and the College Music Society Summit.

Corbliss has earned a DMA from the University of South Carolina School of Music, an MM from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and a BA from Virginia Tech. His teachers have included JD Shaw, Richard Todd, and Wallace Easter.


Dr. Nicholas A. Kenney

Dr. Nicholas A. Kenney earned the Bachelor of Music from Western Carolina University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nebraska. He has performed in venues around the globe, including the Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia, the historic Waterford Opera House in Waterford, Ireland and New York’s famed Carnegie Hall (twice). Dr. Kenney is an award-winning soloist – having won both North Carolina and Nebraska’s MTNA competitions twice, winning the 2006 Western Carolina University Concerto Competition, and in 2009, he was named a finalist in the International Horn Competition of America. Dr. Kenney has been extremely active as a teacher and clinician, giving master classes in Italy, Mexico, North Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and Missouri. He has served as adjunct professor of horn at UNC-Pembroke and Concordia University and as graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently Associate Professor of horn at Southeast Missouri State University where he teaches applied horn, horn ensemble, music appreciation, and he is the assistant director to the athletic bands.


  • 8:30 a.m. Registration opens RCC Atrium

  • 9 a.m. Artists Recital Shuck Recital Hall

  • 10:15 a.m. Group Warm Up with Dr. Kenney

  • 10:45 a.m. Mass Horn Ensemble

  • 11:30 a.m. Presentation TBD - Dr. Corbliss

  • 12;30 p.m. Lunch on your own at Old St. Vincent’s or Off Campus

  • 1:15 p.m. Masterclass – Dr. Corbliss and Dr. Kenney

  • 2:30 p.m. Mass Horn Ensemble

  • 3:30 p.m. Final Mass Horn Ensemble Concert

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