Artists

The featured artists at the 2018 Southeast Horn Workshop will be Richard Deane and Joy Hodges Branagan and special appearances will be made by Josh Williams and William Westney.

Richard Deane

Richard Deane joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Horn in September 2014; he currently serves as Acting Principal Horn. Previously, he served as third horn of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1987, participating in more than 80 recordings, including 20 Grammy Award winners, for Telarc International. He also performed with the Atlanta Chamber Players and was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, with which he toured Norway as part of the Olympic cultural exchange between Lillehammer and Atlanta. Mr. Deane has also served as principal horn with the Colorado Philharmonic and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and in 1987 he earned first prize in the American Horn Competition.

In May 1999 Mr. Deane was a featured artist at the International Horn Society Convention held at the University of Georgia in Athens. In addition to teaching master classes at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, Georgia State University, Cleveland State University, and Eastern Kentucky University, he was visiting professor of horn at the University of Georgia from 2006 to 2014. He serves as principal horn of the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina each summer. His article “The Third Horn Brahms Experience” was published in the spring 2007 edition of The Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society, and his first method book, The Efficient Approach: Accelerated Development for the Horn, was published by the Atlanta Brass Society Press.

A native of Richmond, Kentucky, Richard Deane began his horn studies with Stanley Lawson. He received a master of music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Myron Bloom, and a bachelor of music degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Michael Hatfield. His other teachers have included Jerry Peel at the University of Miami and David Wakefield at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Photo courtesy of Chris Lee, New York, New York.

Joy Branagan is a horn player in the Washington, DC area and is acting Fourth Horn in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. From 2012–2016 she performed as Second Horn in the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. Joy has held positions in the Vancouver Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Richmond Symphony (VA), Albany Symphony, and New Haven Symphony. She regularly performs with the Baltimore Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and other orchestras in the DC and Baltimore areas.

Joy was Visiting Professor of Horn at the University of Georgia during the 2014–2015 school year. She spends her summers on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina and spent 10 years teaching at Bar Harbor Brass Week in Maine. She has also been on the faculties of Towson University in Maryland, and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. She has a private horn studio in Alexandria, VA.

Joy has a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia. Her teachers were Erik Ralske, of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Dr. Jean Martin-Williams at the University of Georgia.

Photo courtesy of Sue Burrough, Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams has rapidly established himself as one of the rising stars in this current generation of horn artists. He was recently awarded the First Prize in the professional division of the 2017 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, Josh 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 competition(s).

Joshua has been an active performer in the southeastern region of the United States, having made regular appearances as a regular substitute player with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, the Starkville Symphony Orchestra, and other noted ensembles throughout the area. Josh maintains an active calendar as a soloist and chamber musician as well. He appeared in a featured performance at the 2017 Mid-south horn workshop, including the members of the St. Louis Symphony horn section and the other featured artists at the workshop. As a result of his professional division win at the 2017 International Horn Competition of America, Joshua has been invited to be a featured artist at the 2018 International Horn Society Summer Symposium. In addition, he will be making guest appearances on university campuses, and in concert series throughout the United States.

Josh 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 and Skip have been together since that time, with Josh having completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the University of Alabama. He is currently in the final stages of his Doctor of Musical Arts degree, also at the University of Alabama. While completing both his MM and DMA degrees, Josh has been an active contributor and teacher in the University of Alabama horn studio having had wide success with students working with him.

In addition to being an extremely fine horn player, Josh is an active athlete and enjoys combining aspects of physical training with horn performance, caring for his dog Suzie, and maintaining an online video gaming presence.

William Westney is the Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor of Piano and the Browning Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University. A Fulbright scholar, he was named in 2005 to the roster of the Fulbright Senior Specialist program, which sends professors around the world for academic residencies. He has been a top prizewinner in major international competitions, a concerto soloist with orchestras including the Houston and San Antonio Symphonies, and a recording artist for Musical Heritage Society and CRI. His book, The Perfect Wrong Note, has garnered critical praise throughout the world. His innovate “Un-Master Class” has been featured in The New York Times and presented in major music schools across the globe, including the Aspen School, Beijing Central Conservatory, Royal College of Music (London), and Juilliard.