Elizabeth Freimuth is the principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras. Her chair is endowed by the late Charles and Mary Yeiser. Before joining the CSO in 2006, Elizabeth was principal horn of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra (2005-2006), principal horn of the Kansas City Symphony (2000-2005) and assistant principal/ utility horn of the Colorado Symphony (1998-2000).
Elizabeth has performed as the featured soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Butler County Symphony (PA), Johnson City Symphony Orchestra (TN), Overland Park Symphony (KS) and the Lakewood Symphony (CO). She has also performed as a guest principal horn with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony. She was a Featured Artist at the International Horn Symposiums at Ball State University 2018 and Memphis 2013 and a featured artist at the International Women’s Brass Conference, Northern Kentucky 2014.
In 2011, Elizabeth Freimuth joined the Adjunct Horn faculty at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. From 2000-2003, Ms. Freimuth was the Adjunct Professor of Horn at the University of Missouri in Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She has also given numerous master classes and has done guest teaching at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, The Eastman School of Music, Rice University, The University of Evansville, San Francisco Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, Dayton University, Ohio State University, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Northern Iowa and Interlochen School of the Arts. In 2011, she was the distinguished featured artist and clinician at Blast of Brass, a summer brass intensive for students in Dallas, TX.
Annually, she is the principal horn and faculty member at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Also, since 2019, she has been a co-host of a summer Horn Institute at the Eastman School of Music.
Elizabeth is a graduate and recipient of the coveted Performer's Certificate of the Eastman School of Music (B.M. Horn Performance and B.M. Instrumental Music Education) and a graduate of Rice University Shepherd School of Music (M.M.) where she studied horn with Verne Reynolds, W.Peter Kurau and William VerMeulen respectively.
Debra Sherrill-Ward, horn, is the proud founder and director of the Charleston Horn Camp. She is a member of Chamber Music Charleston, North Charleston Pops!, Savannah Philharmonic and the Hilton Head Symphony. Debra was honored to be the featured Guest Artist for the 2018 Western Illinois University Horn Festival. In addition to running the Charleston Horn Camp, during the summers she plays for the St. Augustine Music Festival in St. Augustine, Florida and for Loon Lake Live in the Adirondack Mountains. Debra held the position of Associate Principal Horn of the Barcelona Symphony, Third Horn of the Charleston Symphony and Principal Horn of the South Dakota Symphony. Debra studied with Frøydis Ree Wekre in Oslo, Norway, Jerome Ashby at the Juilliard School, Erik Ralske at the Manhattan School of Music, Roger Collins at Western Illinois University, John Cerminaro at the Aspen Music School and Randall Faust at Interlochen.
Mrs. Suzanne Kerr Reed is a native of Charleston, SC. She graduated from Bishop England High School and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Music Education and a Performance Certificate from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. She has taught band and music at Bishop England High School, Holly Hill Primary School, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston Catholic School and currently teaches at the Charleston County School of the Arts.
As a French hornist she has performed with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Charleston Symphony, The Long Bay Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, the Charleston Wind Ensemble, and the Charleston Community band. Mrs. Reed has been a featured soloist with The Charleston Community Band and she has been a featured performer during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Since coming to SOA, she has lead the Middle school band to receive the Highest honors at state and national events, including an invitation to the prestigious Music for All’s National concert festival. Mrs. Reed’s private students have earned over 1 million dollars in college scholarship monies. She is married to fellow hornist Brian Reed and has 3 children: Luke, Mary and Mark.
Sean Yancer joined the music faculty at Youngstown State University in August of 2018 as full time Lecturer of Music. He is also Adjunct Instructor of Horn at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Recently, Sean has performed with the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Who, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. He also has performed with CityMusic Cleveland, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, Windsor Symphony (Canada), Akron Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Symphoria (Syracuse), and is a regular musician at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. In New York City, Sean has played in the Broadway orchestra pits of the Lion King, Man of La Mancha, Phantom of the Opera, and on the Stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Sean was a member of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan as well as the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan. Additionally, Sean began studies towards a DMA at SUNY Stony Brook with William Purvis and has spent time in Oslo, Norway studying with Frøydis Ree Wekre. For the past 12 summers, he has served as horn faculty at the Allegheny College Band Camp for Adult Musicians. Sean has presented masterclasses at the University of Akron, Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, Oberlin College and Conservatory, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, College-Conservatory of Music- University of Cincinnati.
Follow Professor Yancer and the Youngstown State University Horn Studio on Facebook @YSUHornStudio and Instagram at YSUHORNSTUDIO.
"Debra Sherrill Ward and Suzanne Reed run a fantastic horn camp every summer that never disappoints. They always elevate the level of horn playing locally and abroad through their thorough pedagogical knowledge and passion for French Horn. Former and present students tell me that camp is a blast. They are also great at providing master classes or as clinicians. They know horn and how to teach it to a wide variety of students." - Ronnie Ward, Director of Bands, Westview Middle School, Goose Creek, SC