Guest Artist - Dale Clevenger

Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since February 1966, Dale Clevenger is a versatile musician in many areas, including chamber music, jazz, commercial recordings, and solos. His mentors were Arnold Jacobs and Adolph Herseth. Before joining the CSO, Clevenger was a member of Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air directed by Alfred Wallenstein; he also was principal horn of the Kansas City Philharmonic. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. He has participated in many music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; the Florida Music Festival in Sarasota; the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington; and the Affinis Music Festival in Japan. He also participated in the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. In addition, he worked with the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, and participated in several International Horn Society workshops. In August 2015 he will be at the IHS Workshop in Los Angeles. He was in Karlskrona, Sweden at the BIBA Brass Week. He is a featured artist at the ITALIAN BRASS WEEK in Florence.


Dale Clevenger is the featured soloist on several CSO recordings, including works by Martin, Schumann, Britten, and Mozart. He also played on the Grammy Award–winning recording The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli with the brass ensembles of the Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cleveland Orchestras. He recorded the horn concertos by Joseph and Michael Haydn with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, as well as all of Mozart’s horn concertos. The Mozart recording was named Record of the Year in Hungary, and both recordings were nominated for Grammy awards. Clevenger also performed with Barenboim and colleagues from the CSO and the Berlin Philharmonic in Chicago and Berlin on the Grammy-winning CD of quintets for piano and winds by Mozart and Beethoven. With Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman, he recorded Brahms’s Horn Trio for HD TV, laser disc. He performed on the Tribute to Ellington CD with Barenboim and other members of the CSO, and he has recorded Strauss’s First Horn Concerto with Barenboim and the CSO. John Williams’  Concerto for Horn is dedicated to him and he premiered it in 2004.

For seventeen years, Clevenger played almost regularly with the group EARS, Jazz of All Eras. In 1985, he received an honorary doctorate from Elmhurst College.

He is Professor of Practice of Horn at Indiana University.


Host - Carolyn Blice

Carolyn Blice is a native of New Jersey where she grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She earned her B.A. degree at the College of New Jersey. While teaching public school music, she attended Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, earning an M.M. in Horn performance under the tutelage of Ward O. Fearn, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During this time, Ms. Blice performed as a free-lance horn player in the Philadelphia area.

She was a long time member of the Florida Symphony Orchestra where she held the posts of Second, Third and Assistant First Horns. Formerly Principal Horn in the Bach Festival Orchestra and Second Horn in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, she has retired after 51 years of performing in Orlando. She has performed with the Mozarteum Sommerakademie Orchestra in Salzburg, Austria, Teton Festival Orchestra, Jackson, Wyoming, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and many orchestras in Florida including the Jacksonville Symphony, Brevard Symphony and Florida Classical Orchestra.

In addition to teaching at Rollins College and many private students in her home studio, she has been the director of the Florida French Horn Festival for the last 10 years.


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

Scott Young
Pamela Titus
Arthur J. Robinson
Kathy Thomas
Chris Hunter
Kevin Brooks
Julie Gerhardt

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