Horn Day

SEMO Horn Day - February 16, 2019

photo of Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams

photo of Nicholas Kenney

Dr. Nicholas Kenney

Join us on February 16, 2019 for the 4th Annual SEMO Horn Day. This year’s Guest Artist is Joshua Williams and the organizer/Artist in residence is Dr. Nicholas Kenney.

Joshua Williams has rapidly established himself as one of the rising stars in this current generation of horn artists. In 2017, he was awarded First Prize in the professional division of the International Horn Competition of America. As the top prize winner in this premier international competition, Joshua is being recognized as one of the outstanding soloists currently active in the world today. Prior to this achievement, Joshua has been a first prize winner in a variety of other competitions sponsored by the International Horn Society and its constituent regional units, including the Southeast Horn Workshop solo competition, orchestral excerpt competition (both high horn and low horn), and quartet competitions.

As a soloist, Williams maintains an active schedule. He has been a featured artist at the Southeast Horn Workshop and the International Horn Symposium. He has also performed as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the United States Army Field Band and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

Joshua is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and began horn studies with Charles (Skip) Snead at the University of Alabama during his ninth grade year in high school. He has studied with Snead for over 10 years, having completed his BM, and MM degrees at the University of Alabama. He is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Alabama, where he serves as a horn studio assistant. Joshua performs exclusively on an instrument hand crafted by Schmiedhäuser Orchestral Horns.

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 Assistant 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.


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February 16, 2019

8AM Registration
9AM “Drop the Beat” – Group FUNdamentals
10AM Horn Ensemble
11AM College Master Class – Joshua Williams
12PM Lunch at the Dobbins Center
1:30PM High School Master Class – Dr. Kenney
2:30PM Horn Ensemble
3:30PM Final Concert

All Events will be held at the Southeast Missouri State River Campus. Registration will be in the Dobbins Center Atrium between 8AM & 9AM

Feel free to contact Dr. Kenney with any questions: nkenney@semo.edu or (573) 651 – 2344.

Hornists of all ages welcome.


River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701