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
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.
Major: Double Major in Anthropology and Hispanic Studies
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.
Major: BA Music
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.