YSU Horn Workshop features Marine band members

Two members of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will be guest clinicians for a horn workshop at Youngstown State University.

French horn player Gunnery Sgt. Greta Richard, who has played with the Marine band since 2000, began her musical career at age 11. She earned a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and performance in 1997 from Ithaca College in New York and earned a master’s degree in music performance in 2000 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Richard has performed with the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa; the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with Marine Chamber Orchestra and Marine Chamber Ensembles.

French horn player Staff Sgt. Cecilia Buettgen, who joined the Marine band in 2013, also started her her musical training on the horn at age 11. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and her master’s degree in 2010 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Buettgen was the acting principal horn of the Beijing National Opera House in China and performed with the Columbus and Lima Symphony Orchestras in Ohio, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Newport, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra in St. Joseph.

The event is geared toward high school and college horn players and will be particularly helpful for students who will participate in solo ensemble competitions and for those who will be auditioning. Students should bring their own instruments but do not need to bring sheet music.

The workshop runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bliss Recital Hall. It will include a recital by the guest artists and Stacie Mickens, an associate professor of horn at Dana School of Music and the event’s organizer, as well as a question-and-answer session, master class and presentations with the guest clinicians and a horn display by Motter’s Music.

Admission is free. Reservations are not mandatory, but those planning to attend are encourage to RSVP to Mickens at srmickens@ysu.edu.