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Horn Day

SEMO Horn Day - February 22, 2020

Lanette Compton holding her instrument

Lanette Compton

Nicholas Kenney holding his instrument

Dr. Nicholas Kenney



Join us on February 22, 2020 for the 5th Annual SEMO Horn Day. This year’s Guest Artist is Lanette Compton, and the organizer/Artist in Residence is Dr. Nicholas Kenney.

Lanette Compton is the Associate Professor of Horn at Oklahoma State University where she has been since 2005.  She is presently a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Opera Orchestra and has performed with groups in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Argentina. Lanette has performed on more than a dozen CD’s, including the critically acclaimed CD The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited featuring the Steve Houghton Quintet and the University of North Texas Two O’clock Lab Band. She has performed at the International Women’s Brass Conference, International Horn Symposium, Mid-South Horn Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, College Band Director’s National Association Convention, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convention, and the American Bandmasters Association Convention.

 Lanette is the 2014 recipient of the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts. During her tenure at OSU, she has had three Presser Scholars in her studio.  Students in the OSU Horn Studio have placed in regional and international competitions and have made several summer music festivals such as National Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, Banff Masterclass Program, and Texas Music Festival.  Studio members have also been accepted for graduate study at Rice University, Northwestern University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Texas – Austin, Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, Bowling Green State University, and Arizona State University.  Graduates of Lanette’s studio have won professional orchestral positions throughout the United States including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Round Rock Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

 Lanette has been on faculty of the Western Chamber Music Institute held at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado and is currently on faculty at the FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy which performs a concert in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

 Professor Compton is in high demand as a clinician and adjudicator.  She presented a clinic at the 2014 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and she has recently been selected to present as a contributing artist and clinician at the 2019 International Horn Symposium in Ghent, Belgium. Lanette has judged the Division level of the Music Teachers National Association Brass Competition, several regional horn workshop competitions, as well as the 2015 and 2017 International Horn Competition of America. 

 Lanette has been co-director of the very popular Noon Concert Series at the OSU Library since 2007.  Professor Compton has been the Music Department Wellness Innovator for America's Healthiest Campus®.  She has also served as faculty advisor for the OSU Hip Hop Dance Crew.  OSU Athletics selected Lanette as an honorary assistant football coach for her dedication to helping OSU athletes succeed academically.

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.


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February 22, 2020

9AM  Registration, River Campus Center Atrium
10AM  Artist Recital
10:45AM  Drop the Beat! 
11:45AM  Lunch on your own at St. Vincent's Commons
12:45PM  Mass Horn Ensemble 
1:45PM  Joint Artist Master Class
3:30PM  Final Concert of Participants Horn Choir

All Events will be held at the Southeast Missouri State River Campus. Registration will be in the Dobbins Center Atrium between 9AM & 10AM

Feel free to contact Dr. Kenney with any questions: 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