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Our Studio

My name is Kelly Langenberg and I am the horn professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.  I am so pleased you have taken a moment to visit our studio blog and encourage you to read below to get to know all of our 2015-16 horn players.  Each of them is unique in how they came to the horn, why they have chosen to play through college, and how they plan to use their training as a musician in their careers- whether in music or not. On the syllabus I distribute each semester for horn lessons, I list this objective: “To become a better musician through the study of the french horn.”  It is an important personal philosophy that as an educator, I teach my students how to become better problem-solvers, better listeners, better team players, better leaders, and better performers, which all contribute to being a better french horn players, better musicians, and better people. -KL

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Kelly Langenberg 2Kelly Langenberg, Professor of Horn at Illinois Wesleyan University

Education:  MM DePaul University (Chicago, IL); BME, BM Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory (Berea, OH)

Advice to High School Music Students Considering a Career in the Field of Music:  Don’t follow your talent- take it with you!  Talent is yours, take ownership of what is inside of you.  Your talent does not belong to a specific field or genre, it is part of who you are.

About Me:  l am a Denis Wick Artist and Clinician & Hans Hoyer Buffet Group/USA Horn Artist.  I am a freelance horn player in the Chicago area and I perform orchestra and commercial music.  I have twin preschool-age daughters.  My husband is a tuba player & owns Brazen Bandworks, an instrument repair shop based in Elgin, IL.  Although we are quite busy, we also enjoy restoring our beautiful Victorian historic home.

 

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Lauren Kieswetter

Lauren Kiesewetter

Major: Double Major in Anthropology and Hispanic Studies

Year: Senior

Why did you choose to attend IWU: I chose IWU because, to me, this campus always felt like home. My grandparents worked here all my life so I can remember watching this place evolve and grow as I grew up. To me, IWU was the epitome of what a college campus and atmosphere should feel and look like and when I went looking for a college home I would always compare where I was looking to Wesleyan. No place ever really compared and that’s how I new this place was for me and that I would be at home my four years here.

What would you like to do after you graduate: My dream job would be to travel the world and get paid for it, but until that’s a thing I think the plan is to go to grad. school (I still don’t know where) and get my degree in either Anthropology or Museum Studies. I would then like to work for the Smithsonian or for a large cultural institution in their education department.

What advice can you give when it comes to choosing a college: Look for a place where you feel at home and where you feel like you can be yourself. I know it’s cliche to say but these four years in college are life changing, and you want to make sure you are in a place where you can reach your best potential, rise above your expectations,and become the best version of yourself in a comfortable and safe environment. Make sure that place is for you and everything else will fit into place.

 


 

Madeline Lyons

Madeline Lyons

Major:Computer Science
 Year: Senior
Why did you choose to attend IWU? It’s a great school, I didn’t want to go Full engineering, and they gave me the most money.
What would you like to do after graduation?  Move to Colorado and get a real person job in the computer science industry.
What advice can you offer when choosing a college? Choose the college that you think will give you the best overall education and experience, but don’t worry about trying to go to a fancy big-name college that will end up putting you in Crazy debt! I ended up choosing IWU over my top-pick college because the other one would have been $125k more expensive and IWU gave me such a great scholarship.………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Joey Mauck

Joseph Mauck

Major: Music Composition
 Year: First Year
 Why did you choose to attend IWU? I attended a composition camp. Other campuses didn’t show off their music school when I visited.
What would you like to do after graduation? Compose music for video games.
What advice can you give when it comes to choosing a college?  Choose somewhere where you feel at home.
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Adam Blanchard

Adam Blanchard

Major: Business admin/mathematics
 Year: Freshman
 Why did you choose to attend IWU?  I chose to attend IWU because I was looking for a place that wanted me to excel in all that I do, in a smaller community so I could get to know more people better.
 What would you like to do after graduation?  Right now after college I am looking at going into actuarial sciences.
 What advice can you offer when choosing a college? My advice for searching for the right college is to visit as many as you can and see what fits you and your personality best. Once you find the right fit stick with it, because that’s where you’re going to be the best you can be.
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Kizzie Cobden

 Kizzie Cobden

Major: BA Music
Year/Level: Junior
Why did you choose to attend IWU?  I have had quite a few family members attend Wesleyan; I was even born on its campus! To be honest, being on this campus feels like coming home in a way that is unexplainable. During my search for schools, I told myself that I would attend a school out of state and not the same school a majority of my family had gone to. Fortunately for me, I chose IWU.
What would you like to do after you graduate? After I graduate from Wesleyan, I would love to attend graduate school for my master’s in performance. Eventually, I would love to teach at the collegiate level.
What advice can you give when it comes to choosing a college? Just because it looks good on paper doesn’t mean it is for you. Explore your options and keep an open mind about your search. Attend the classes, sit in on ensembles, go on the campus tours, and most importantly, ask questions. Ask the hard questions, the embarrassing ones, and the essential ones. The college for you will have students that will answer these for you with complete honesty.

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Amy Gordon

 Amy Gordon

Major: Political Science  and Women and Gender Studies
Year/Level: Freshman
Why did you choose to attend IWU?  I loved all of the personal attention I got from professors and staff! Everyone is so nice and accommodating here, and they all try to make you feel welcome and included.
What would you like to do after you graduate?  I’d like to become either a lawyer or a professor!
What advice can you give when it comes to choosing a college? Choose the place were you feel most comfortable! You’ll know when a school feels right to you, and you should go with your intuition
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Jessica Sheetz

Jessica Sheetz

Major: Music Education
 Year: First-Year
 Why did you choose to attend IWU?  Ironically enough, my first time on campus at IWU, I hated it here.  I visited when my older sister was looking at colleges and I think it was just because the college visit wasn’t for me that I didn’t enjoy it.  But when I came back for my audition in January of my senior year of high school, it was like I was in a completely different place.  I walked through the quad and could see myself spending the next four years here.  After my first lesson with Kelly, I fell in love with the School of Music.  I sat in on a class, watched a concert, met some students and they told me all about how great it is being a student at Illinois Wesleyan.  Bonus: free laundry and free printing.  It can’t get better than that!
 What would you like to do after graduation?  After graduation, I want to be a high school band or orchestra director.
 What advice can you offer when choosing a college?  Stay open minded.  I originally didn’t want to apply to IWU and look at where I am now!  I’m in love with Illinois Wesleyan and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Go to as many college activities you can, you never know what connections you will make, who you will meet, and what you will experience.