Jaclyn Rainey
Headline Artist
Kristen Sienkiewicz
Austin Peay State University
Workshop Host


Featuring Jaclyn Rainey alongside an impressive lineup of internationally renowned horn players and teachers, the 2021 Southeast Horn Workshop will offer masterclasses, presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and concerts. Our guest artists will include: Jaclyn Rainey, Denise Tryon, Steven Cohen, Mark Houghton, Hugo Valverde, Rachelle Jenkins, David Griffin, Juan Berrios, Lene Skomedal and more!

Jaclyn Rainey

Jaclyn Rainey is the Principal horn of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Before her appointment in 2020, Jaclyn was the Associate Principal horn in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Third horn with the Atlanta Symphony for four seasons, Acting Principal horn with the Naples Philharmonic as well as Associate Principal horn with the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Rainey, a Louisville, Kentucky native, has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and the Sarasota Orchestra. She has spent summers performing at the Tanglewood Music Center, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Lakes Area Music Festival, and at the Hollywood Bowl. Rainey has toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City and across Europe, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Asia, Europe and Mexico. She has also competed in solo competitions and was a winner in the National MTNA Senior Brass Competition.

When not performing, Rainey is an Artist affiliate at Emory University, has served on the faculty of Georgia State University in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio.

She received her undergraduate degree in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music, followed by a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. She has studied with W. Peter Kurau, Richard Sebring and James Sommerville.

Denise Tryon is the Associate Professor of Horn at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She served as the Horn Professor of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore from 2007–2019. Since 2019 she is 4th horn of the world renowned American Horn Quartet. Previously, Tryon was fourth horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra (2009–2017).

Tryon graduated from the famed Interlochen Arts Academy and in 1993 received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She received the Presidential Scholarship while in the Artist Diploma Program at NEC with the Taiyo Wind Quintet.

An active and accomplished educator, Tryon is sought after for her masterclasses. She has taught extensively in the United States, Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and South America. She’s been a featured artist at many IHS Symposiums and Regional Workshops.

Tryon released her debut solo album, SO•LOW, in 2015. As a part of this album, she commissioned 4 new pieces for low horn and piano. A Pair of Aces, a duo horn album between Tryon and Karl Pituch, Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was released in 2017. And in 2020, Tryon released her newest album, Hope Springs Eternal.

In 2009, Tryon founded Audition Mode, a yearly horn seminar, with Karl Pituch. The seminar focuses on the skills horn players need to be successful in orchestral auditions.

Denise performs on a Rauch R1 double horn.

Steven Cohen has been heard internationally as a solo, orchestral, Broadway and chamber musician. Hailing from New York, he is in demand as a recital soloist, and has been a featured and guest artist at numerous horn events throughout the world. In February 2019, Cohen was featured on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase, presenting an internationally broadcast recital. His appearance on the program marked the first horn recital presented on the program since the 1990s. Cohen was a Special Guest Artist at the 51st International Horn Symposium, as well as a Contributing Artist at the 45th, 48th and 50th symposia. He can be seen with Mannheim Steamroller and is featured with the group on their 2015 release, Mannheim Steamroller Live. From 2010–2012, Cohen was Principal Horn with The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables.

A proponent for the creation of new music, Cohen has commissioned and premiered over 25 works from a distinguished collective of composers. His debut album, Cruise Control, features the world premieres of five major works for horn, and has been heralded as “a musical and technical tour de force.” Cohen’s upcoming projects include the commissioning of two new concertos for horn and wind band, as well as his second album. Additionally, Cohen oversees The NU CORNO Ensemble, an ongoing endeavor dedicated to the commissioning and performance of new works for horn ensemble. The group has been featured at four International Horn Symposia and introduced over 15 works into the horn ensemble repertoire.

Cohen’s love of the horn far extends just being a performer. As a lecturer, he has presented scholarship at the national and international level. His presentations have been presented at numerous International Horn Symposia, various national workshops, and universities worldwide. Aside from his presentations, Cohen is sought after as a clinician, presenting masterclasses at universities across the country.

Cohen holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cohen’s principal teachers include Philip Myers, Dr. Alan Mattingly, and R. Allen Spanjer.

Mark Houghton

Mark Tennyson Houghton was awarded the position of 3rd horn with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in June 2014. Previously, he was principal horn of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony and, most recently, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell wrote of Houghton: “He had a tone of burnished elegance and amazing expressive range, and he delivered some protracted decrescendos that took the breath away.”

Houghton was born in Long Beach, California, and raised in Keller, Texas. After some basic piano training, he began playing horn at age 12. His parents—who are professional horn players and teachers—were his first instructors. Advanced studies yielded a Bachelor of Music degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of W. Peter Kurau. Other notable teachers and mentors include Gregory Hustis and William VerMeulen.

Houghton has appeared with the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Arizona Musicfest, Basically Beethoven Festival, The Hall Ensemble, Eastman Virtuosi and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has toured domestically with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and abroad with the Eastman Horn Choir. In addition to his previous full-time principal horn positions, Houghton has performed as principal horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony, among others. Houghton was a prizewinner in the American Horn Competition and the International Horn Society’s John Hawkins Memorial Solo Competition. Houghton was recently appointed as an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University and has appeared as an artist or guest clinician at multiple International Horn Society symposia, the Eastman School of Music, the University of North Texas, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Baylor University, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, Wichita State University, and the Texas Music Educators Association convention.

Houghton is part-owner of Houghton Horns, a family business that specializes in high-quality instruments, services and accessories for horn players.

Hugo Valverde

Hugo A. Valverde won the audition for Second Horn at the MET Orchestra in May 2017, and started as an official member of the orchestra in August 2017.

A native of Costa Rica, Hugo started his musical journey when he was seven years old at the local school of music located in his hometown, Barva, Heredia. A year later, after a long day of musical instrument trials, he decided to learn how to play the French Horn. His first teacher was Daniel León, from 2003 until 2007.

In 2008 he got accepted at the National Music Institute of Costa Rica, joining the horn studio of the Principal Horn of the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra, Luis Murillo. Hugo had the opportunity to be part of several ensembles that helped him to develop a more intimate love for the music and, most importantly, the art form.

Mr. Valverde has played with the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra as both assistant and second horn, and this helped him to gain more experience as an orchestral musician at his young age.

In 2012, he auditioned for the Lynn University Conservatory of Music located in Boca Raton, Florida, where he was accepted to begin his bachelor degree and musical studies with Gregory E. Miller. He successfully graduated in May 2016.

In 2016, he auditioned and was also accepted to the Master of Music program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas. His time at the Shepherd School of Music was very important in order to develop and shape certain aspects to become a successful orchestral musician nowadays. Hugo had the opportunity to study with the internationally acclaimed horn teacher and pedagogue William VerMeulen.

He attended the Chautauqua Music Festival in 2014, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in 2015 and the Pacific Music Festival in 2016. While at the YOA Festival, Hugo had the privilege to study with Javier Gándara, who is a current member of the MET Orchestra horn section.

Rachelle Jenkins

Rachelle Jenkins is a sought-after horn player, writer, and teacher originally from Fort Myers, Florida. An active performer, she has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montréal Symphony, Iceland Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, and Naples Philharmonic, as well as guest principal horn with the Hawaii Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic. Rachelle studied at The Colburn School, McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and the University of Central Florida. She has been a fellow of both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Rachelle also maintains an active teaching studio and coaches preparation, practice, and performance skills to performers of all backgrounds. Her primary teachers include Andrew Bain, John Zirbel, Johnny Pherigo, and Dr. Don Greene.

David Griffin

David Griffin is the fourth horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduating from Northwestern University in 1987, Griffin began his career with the Rochester Philharmonic and followed with positions in the orchestras of Montréal and Houston before joining the Chicago Symphony in 1995. Griffin has served as guest principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Shanghai Radio Orchestra.

With the wind quintet Prairie Winds, he has performed in more than 25 states and has released two CDs with the group. With the CSO Brass Quintet, Griffin has toured Japan, China, Taiwan, and Mexico. In June 2012, Griffin soloed with the National Orchestra of Brazil. He debuted as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony in Schumann’s Konzertstück at the Ravinia Festival in 2010. He has released the solo album For You, featuring the world-premiere recording of the Sonata for Horn by Bruce Broughton, which is available at CD Baby and iTunes.

Griffin has been a faculty member at McGill University and Northwestern University. Summer festival engagements have included Sun Valley, Grand Teton, Tanglewood, and Madeline Island. Griffin has also been a featured artist and clinician at the annual symposium of the International Horn Society. Griffin, his wife Susan Warner, and their children, Henry and Pearl, live in Oak Park, Illinois.

Juan Berrios

Juan Berrios is currently a member of the Dallas Brass, one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. Originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Juan attended the University of Central Florida where he received a Bachelor’s in Music Performance degree. With the Dallas Brass, Juan has performed and presented hundreds of concerts as well as educational clinics all over the country, and can be heard on the album The American Songbook. While a student at UCF, Juan was the recipient of the Presser Foundation Scholarship, the Performance Excellence Award, was a member of the award-winning Brass Band of Central Florida, and was awarded full scholarships to attend the Music Academy of the West, as well as the Aspen Music Festival and School, two of the most prestigious summer music festivals in the country.

A versatile musician, Juan has enjoyed performing with many fine musical ensembles, such as the Horns & Pipes Brass Ensemble, Brass Band of Central Florida, Timucua Jazz Orchestra, and the Florida Lakes Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra. In addition, Juan has performed with the Boston Brass & Brass All-Stars Big Band, gave the Florida premiere of Kenneth Fuch’s horn concerto Canticle to the Sun with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in 2012, and has performed as a soloist in clinics and workshops, most recently as a Regional Artist at the 2013 Southeast Horn Workshop. A passionate educator and avid conductor, Juan enjoys working with students in Central Florida, and throughout the country with Dallas Brass, serving as a private teacher, clinician, and guest conductor. Juan plays exclusively on Hans Hoyer French horns. Juan resides in Kissimmee, Florida and enjoys spending time with his fiancée, cooking, and bowling.

Norwegian Lene Skomedal is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a freelance horn player and yoga teacher. She combines her two passions by creating unique yoga workshops for musicians under the brand Breathe Music with Yoga Lene. She also gives private yoga sessions across Europe and the US. Her motivation is simply to make life better for musicians.

Ms. Skomedal has a MA in orchestra playing from the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Her teachers there were Lisa Ford and Per Göran. She has also studied with Frøydis Ree Wekre, Jonathan Lipton and Bill VerMeulen, and had lessons or played masterclasses for Stefan Dohr, Denise Tryon, Radovan Vlatković, Katy Woolley, Annamia Larsson, Andrej Žust, Hugh Seenan, David Pyatt, and Timothy Jones. She has been the co-principal at Norrlandsoperan in Sweden, and has had long-term contracts with a large number of orchestras and ensembles in Scandinavia, such as Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Wermland Opera, Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, Royal Norwegian Navy Band, and many more. She also plays chamber music, and have participated in film music recordings, such as all the horn parts in the Norwegian feature films Rafiki (2009) and The Tough Guys (2013). Her training background comes from gymnastics and dance and she started practicing yoga 15 years ago. Due to fighting cancer she had three major operations during 2012–2013. Back then, she thought she would never be able to play the horn again. Gradually she managed to restore her body thanks to the yoga and was able to come back as a professional musician. She then became a yoga teacher. Feeling stronger and more capable than ever, this motivated her to help others by sharing her story and knowledge, and out of this process her Yoga for Musicians concept was born. In additions to workshops and private sessions she has also developed a new concept together with the Gothenburg Concert House: Yoga Concert. In these concerts she guides a yoga class, where the audience do yoga. The music is in focus and she connects the yoga movements with the music and stories from the composers lives, accompanied by live classical music performed by a string quartet from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Lene Skomedal now combines teaching yoga with playing the horn professionally in orchestras, music academies and festivals around the world.