Northern Illinois University Horn Studio

Northern Illinois University

Horn Studio

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Join the NIU Horn Studio and Study with Professor Renée Vogen!

You’ll receive individualized instruction based on your unique goals in weekly lessons and regular studio classes and will join a supportive and collaborative studio environment.

Our curriculum focuses on a wide range of topics including calisthenics to provide a solid foundation of horn playing, the diversification of the horn repertoire, practical training for the aspiring orchestral musician, music educator and more.

Why NIU?

  • Personalized instruction, major university resources.
  • Weekly lessons with world-renowned NIU faculty.
  • Numerous performance opportunities including large ensembles, chamber music and our world music program.
  • No out-of-state tuition.
  • Undergraduate student scholarships and graduate funding available.

Guest Artists

  • 2023 Rachel Hockenberry, Assistant Professor of Horn, Illinois State University
  • 2023 Kelsey Williams, Acting Fourth Horn, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • 2023 Robert Danforth, Principal Horn, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • 2023 USAF Band of Mid-America's Midwest Winds
  • 2022 David Cooper, Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • 2022 Rose MacKenzie, Senior Airman, USAF Band of the West
  • 2022 Shanyse Strickland, New Jersey based freelance horn player, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and arranger
  • 2022 Staff Sergeant Claire Ross, Horn Player, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
  • 2022 Greg Flint, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Sante Fe Opera, Professor at UW-Milwaukee
  • 2022 Joshua Blumenthal, Horn, U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America
  • 2021 Alison Dresser, Third Horn, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

If you are interested in a trial lesson, or learning more about studying at NIU, please email me at