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Academy faculty

Marietta Simpson

Marietta Simpson, has sung with every major orchestra in the United States, many of the critically acclaimed international orchestras, prestigious opera companies, and a long list of the world’s greatest conductors, including the late Robert Shaw and Kurt Masur. Her many awards include Grammy recognition and an Emmy. 

Brian Horne

Tenor Brian Horne is associate professor of music in voice and chair of the Department of Voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he specializes in studio voice and voice pedagogy.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College in Ohio, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Jacobs School. He previously taught at the University of Missouri and Shorter College and continues to perform and present master classes.

Thomas Robertello

Thomas Robertello has been associate professor of flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 1997.

A former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Symphony, he has performed as guest principal flutist with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, and Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He has taught master classes and performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, and South America.

Howard Klug

Howard Klug is a chamber musician, soloist, and clinician who has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Venezuela, China, and Israel. He plays flute and clarinet, and was a saxophone soloist as member of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.

Professor Klug was principal clarinet with the Fresno Philharmonic, the Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and is a former member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony.

Kathleen McLean

Kathleen McLean is one of the most acclaimed orchestral bassoonists in North America. Internationally recognized, McLean was the associate principal bassoon of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2009 and is a sought-after chamber and orchestral musician, recitalist, and teacher.

She was appointed to the faculty of the University of Toronto in 1989, became a faculty member at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Glenn Gould Professional School in 2002, and began as a bassoon instructor with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2009.

Jason Bergman

American trumpeter Jason Bergman was appointed Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2022.

He currently serves as President of the International Trumpet Guild where he has also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors. He is a regular adjudicator with the National Trumpet Competition and was host of the 2018 National Trumpet Competition.

Richard Seraphinoff

Richard Seraphinoff is professor of music in horn and natural horn at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he teaches modern horn, natural horn, and courses in brass literature as well as coaching chamber music.

Seraphinoff is also a well-known maker of historical reproductions of Baroque and Classical Natural Horns, and has teaches courses each summer in early brass instrument making techniques in Europe and the US. Since 1992 he has given summer workshops in Natural Horn history and performance at Indiana University, which have been attended by horn players from around the world.

Peter Ellefson

Peter Ellefson is professor of music in trombone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he is a former chair of the Brass Department.

Ellefson has performed, recorded, and toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. He has performed with the Boston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, National, and Oregon symphony orchestras as well as The Cleveland Orchestra.

Don Freund

Don Freund is professor of music in composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he has been on faculty since 1992. His students from a 50-year teaching career continue to win an impressive array of awards and recognitions.

He has been described as “a composer thoughtful in approach and imaginative in style” (The Washington Post), whose music is “exciting, amusing, disturbing, beautiful, and always fascinating” (Music and Musicians, London). He is an internationally recognized composer with works ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral music to pieces involving live performances with electronic instruments, music for dance, and large theater works. Many of his works are available on commercial CD.

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