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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 18, 2023

Early bird registration will be Due 1/15/2023 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 8-9 a.m. in the River Campus Dobbins Center.

Guest Artist

Dr. Natalie Douglass Grana

a professional headshot of Natalie looking slightly up at the viewer holding her french horn instrumentDr. Natalie Douglass Grana is a hornist and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her integrative approach to teaching horn through singing and inner hearing has garnered international recognition, and she has worked with hundreds of students to develop fluency as hornists and complete musicians.

Dr. Grana is currently on faculty at Lake Forest College and DePaul University in Chicago and previously served as Assistant Professor of Horn and head of brass at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT.  Dr. Grana has become an authority on inner hearing and solfège training, and specializes in transferring these skills to horn performance. Her pedagogy and teaching philosophies are greatly inspired by Zoltan Kodály, and she spent the 2015-2016 academic year on a U.S. Fulbright Grant to the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. She has been featured at numerous International Horn Society Symposia and regional horn workshops, has been a keynote speaker and clinician for NAfME, and has served as a visiting academic at Oxford University in Oxford, UK. Her masterclasses are in demand for hornists, brass players, and music educators alike, and she has been a guest artist at some of the world’s finest musical institutions, including the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (The Hague, Netherlands), the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK), the San Francisco Conservatory (San Francisco, CA), and the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA). She has taught horn and led the musicianship curriculum at the renowned Kendall Betts Horn Camp since 2013. Her book, “A Singing Approach to Horn Playing,” is available through Oxford University Press.

As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Quad Cities Symphony, Utah Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and Illinois Symphony. She has played in backup ensembles for musicians like Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, and Mannheim Steamroller. While in Utah, she also recorded musical soundtracks, video game music, and film scores for various recording studios in Salt Lake City. She has toured under the batons of Lorin Maazel and Krzysztof Penderecki and performed in venues across Germany, Austria, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Oman.

Dr. Grana holds a D.M.A. in Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and an M.M. in Horn Performance and B.M.E. in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her principal teachers include Randy Gardner, Bernhard Scully, Thomas Jostlein, and Kazimerz Machala. She studied solfège and voice under Agnes Gerges-Gal and Renáta Darázs of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary.

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 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. Solfege/Ear Training for Horn Players - Dr. Grana

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

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

  • 2:30 p.m. Mass Horn Ensemble

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

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