Horn Faculty

A native of Roseville, MN, DENISE TRYON joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2009 as fourth horn. Previously the fourth horn of the Detroit Symphony (2003-2009), she has also held positions with the Baltimore (2000-2003), Columbus (1998-2000), and New World (1995-1998) Symphonies and has participated in the Colorado Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival. An accomplished solo performer, Tryon has performed recitals in Sweden, Norway, Poland, Japan and the United States. Since 2007, Tryon has been the Horn Professor at Peabody Conservatory as well as running Audition Mode (since 2009), a yearly audition seminar with Karl Pituch of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
JD SHAW is solo horn for the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, an active International soloist, a recording artist, and formerly performed with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass. Shaw received his Masters of Music from the Eastman School of Music where he studied under the horn pedagogue Verne Reynolds. Shaw is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of South Carolina, a Conn-Selmer Performing artist, and Arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard.
Thomas Bacon thumbnail THOMAS BACON has held principal positions with the Detroit Symphony, the Berlin Radio Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He is a member of Summit Brass, the St. Louis Brass Quintet, The Golden Horn, Opus 90, and performs worldwide as soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. Mr. Bacon has been on the faculties of Rice University and Arizona State University, and has taught master classes at hundreds of colleges and universities worldwide. Thomas Bacon is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Allene Hackleman thumbnail ALLENE HACKLEMAN is Principal Horn of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (since 2004). Allene has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, and the Evansville Philharmonic, and has performed concerti with the Edmonton Symphony, the Victoria Symphony, and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. Allene was a featured artist at the 2010 International Women’s Brass Conference and at the Festival of the Sound (Ontario) and Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. She teaches at the University of Alberta.
Susan McCullough thumbnail SUSAN McCULLOUGH earned her bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance from Emporia State University. She was featured as Principal Horn and soloist with the Air Force Academy Band from 75-78, and served 22 years with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra as 3rd and Principal Horn. Susan is a founding member of The Denver Brass and has been a featured soloist and clinician throughout the US as well as across the world. Susan has been featured at International Horn Symposiums since 2006 and at South African National Symposiums 2007-2012. She has served on the Advisory Council of the IHS since 2008. Susan can be heard on many CD recordings including her 2008 release, “It’s All Relative” with her son, Jesse McCormick. She performs with many of Colorado’s top ensembles including the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and the Colorado Ballet. Since 1996, Susan has been Instructor of Horn at the Lamont School of Music, where she proudly hosted the 40th IHS in 2008.