Guest Artist - Randy Gardner

Randy C. Gardner was Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he was awarded the Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011. A successful and dedicated teacher, his students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the US and abroad.

Prior to joining the CCM faculty, Gardner was Second Hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 22 years, under the music directorships of Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, and Eugene Ormandy.

Randy Gardner maintains an active schedule as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and clinician. He is a member of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras. He has also performed as a substitute/extra musician with the orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, Colorado, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh.

Psychology, sports psychology in particular, has been an area of personal study for many years. In 1999, the University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Council awarded Prof. Gardner a grant for intensive study of principles of sports psychology as applied to music performance. His studies in performance psychology underpin many aspects of his teaching and performing.


Randy Gardner’s major horn teachers were Philip Farkas, Christopher Leuba, Ethel Merker, and William Adam.


Host - Benjamin Lieser

Dr. Benjamin Lieser is both an educator and musician in the Central Florida Area. He currently teaches horn at the University of Central Florida, having previously taught horn at Stetson University and Valdosta State University. He performs with the Brevard Symphony, the Bach Festival Society, the Orlando Philharmonic and the Orlando Wind Quintet.

Dr. Lieser recently completed a DM in brass performance at Florida State University (’15). His previous degrees were earned at the University of Cincinnati (MM ’01) and Florida State University (BA ’99). He has studied with Michelle Stebleton, Randy Gardner, Duane Duggar, Randall Faust, and William Capps.

Dr. Lieser has performed as a regional artist at the Central Florida Horn Workshops, The Southeast Horn Workshops, and the International Horn Symposiums. Additionally, he has been a featured soloist with the OFUNAM Orchestra in Mexico City.


Featured Artists

Aaron Bartos

Born in Canada, Aaron was raised in the United States and began playing the Horn at age 11. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music while studying with Randy C. Gardner at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. During this time he started his business in Horn repair and Modification, having learned the basics from Paul Navarro and Jacob Medlin.

He then went on to earn a Master's degree in Horn Performance, studying with David Johnson at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. While in Switzerland the conservatory hired him to clean, repair, and maintain instruments. He also met Terry's son, Johan, and the two became the best of friends, leading him to meet and eventually work for Terry here at the Warburton Factory.

Aaron has performed with several orchestras, including the Solothurn Orchester in Solothurn, Switzerland, the Lugano Chamber Orchestra, the Verdi Orchestra of Milan, and was a staple member of the Civica Filharmonica di Lugano

Erika Arango

Erika is an accomplished hornist, educator and scholar. Throughout her education and established career she has had experience performing in many university, semi-professional and professional ensembles. These include symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, woodwind quintet, brass quintet and other chamber groups.

At the University of Georgia, Erika has had the opportunity to work and perform with renowned artists such as Philip Smith, James Naigus, and Joseph Alessi. In addition, she has performed in her own solo recitals as well as appearing in colleague and faculty recitals. Erika is on substitute list for the Augusta Symphony in Augusta, Georgia and has performed with the Saint Cecelia Chamber Ensemble, Garden State Opera, Light Opera of New Jersey and the Gramercy Brass Band of New York.


As a Graduate Assistant at the University of Georgia, Erika is an Aural Skills teacher for undergraduate first year students and has taught horn studio masterclasses and lessons. In addition, she is the horn teacher at the Athens School of Music and the UGA Community Music School. Lastly, Erika is published in the International Horn Society's Periodical.

David Wakefield

David Wakefield, horn, joined the American Brass Quintet in 1976 while he was a doctoral student at The Juilliard School. A member of the Aspen Music School faculty from 1976 to 2016 and the Juilliard School faculty from 1987 until 2018, he also served as Associate Dean for Performance Activities at The Juilliard School.


Principal horn of the Little Orchestra Society, Mr. Wakefield has performed with the New York, Vienna, and Brooklyn Philharmonics, Houston Symphony, and regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York City Opera, Orpheus, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.


He has premiered over 250 new works and worked closely with such composers as Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Jacob Druckman, Eric Ewazen, George Tsontakis, and Charles Wuorinen.