Cormont MusicFounded in 1997
Cormont Music is a New Hampshire nonprofit corporation founded in 1997 by A. Kendall Betts with the primary purpose of sponsoring the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. This incorporation came about due to the success of the first three camps in 1995, ‘96 and ‘97 as it became apparent to Mr. Betts that a legal structure for the enterprise was needed. Upon further research, he decided that a nonprofit corporation was the proper entity as this would enable him to establish a scholarship program and he would then be able to accept tax-deductible donations from the public. The legal process began to obtain the status of a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This status was granted by the Internal Revenue Service to Cormont Music in May of 1999. The mission statement of Cormont Music is: “To promote the art of horn playing through education, performance and publishing.”
Our Board of Directors
President, Chairman of the Board
Thomas Cowan is Associate Director of the Center for Technology Management at Columbia University. This follows a career building software companies and working for IBM. Tom has developed a role as a CEO/Entrepreneur creating value through the strategic use and management of technology. His market depth is enterprise software, centered on data analytics, mobile enablement, and SaaS pricing and delivery.
Tom has also served on the Boards of SMTC Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTX; 2004-2010); Wake Forest University (2004-2005); Tagetik, Inc. (2001-2004); PGA.com (1999-2000); NHL.com (1999-2000); the Entertainment Industry Digital Rights Task Group (1999-2000); and Tivoli Systems (1996-1997). He has chaired Audit, Compensation, Governance, and Nominating Committees. He has also been Executive in Residence at RockRidge Capital Partners (2004-2006).
His career includes two decades at IBM (1977-2000), starting in Finance and moving to CFO and GM roles. Tom is currently Associate Director of the Center for Technology Management at Columbia University (Dec 2015-present). He also serves as a board director and strategic advisor to a number of technology companies.
He is the author of From Idea to Business, Business Basics, and Leadership Basics. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Connecticut and Arizona.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Harris, originally from Texas, is a resident of Alexandria, VA, where he practiced Energy Law for 40 years. Now retired, he is enjoying a second “career” as a horn playing musician in volunteer positions in the Northern Virginia/District of Columbia area. These include principal horn in two large community bands, a brass choir and the National Medical Musical Group Chorus and Orchestra. Harris is a 10-year attendee as an adult student at KBHC (2006-2015) and has served for seven years on the Cormont Music Board of Directors.
Bernhard was a student of Kendall Betts and has been integrally involved with the camp since its inception in 1995. He is formerly the horn player for the Canadian Brass and horn professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was formerly Principal Horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has worked with many symphony orchestras across North America including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra. He is in demand as a soloist and has numerous solo recordings to his credit. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Northwestern University, and his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he attended on the Paul Collins Distinguished Fellowship. In 2009, he was the first classical brass player to receive a McKnight Fellowship, and in 2010 the University of Wisconsin-Madison awarded him the distinguished alumni award for excellence in artistry. For more information on Bernhard, please see the following sites:
Peggy Moran is the Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Executive Director and faculty member of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. Peggy maintains an active performance career, having performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Louisville Orchestra.
She has performed guest recitals and masterclasses throughout the country and regularly worked in the recording studios in Indianapolis. Peggy has performed at the International Horn Society Symposiums and the International Women’s Brass Conferences. An advocate for new music, she has commissioned and performed new works at each of these performances, including commissions for horn and piano; horn, violin, and piano; horn quartet; and horn, flute, and narrator. She performs chamber music with the Akouo Trio, Corna Cattiva Horn Quartet, and with the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma.
Jo Oliver first schooled in English, but the advent of personal computers lured her into a cybercareer. She is now a retired information technology specialist who volunteers throughout the year doing free income tax return preparation for low- and middle-income earners in the Austin, TX, area. She has attended KBHC since 1998 and, as a lifelong amateur horn player, has chalked up decades of experience in community bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles. She has served on the Cormont Music Board of Directors since Kendall Betts invited her to join in 2003. She is committed to furthering the unique contribution KBHC makes to the global horn community.
Gretchen Burne Zook serves on the Board of Directors and is Treasurer of Cormont Music. Her professional career since 1976 has been with The Northern Trust Company, Chicago where she is a Senior Vice President. In this capacity, she provides expertise on the legal, accounting and regulatory aspects of the bank’s business related to cash flows, liquidity, and balance sheet recognition. During her tenure with The Northern Trust Company, she has acted in a variety of roles including cash management, operational management, product management, expansion activities, and balance sheet risk and control.
Gretchen is a native Philadelphian and studied French Horn at Temple University and the Philadelphia Musical Academy with John Simonelli. After a lapse in playing of many years, Gretchen began attending Kendall Betts Horn Camp in 2002. Her friendship with Kendall Betts, however, began in Philadelphia in the very early 70s. She presently plays in the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. Gretchen also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for The Solti Foundation U.S. and as a member of the Board of Directors for Rush Hour Concerts.
Frank Lloyd is renowned for his technical virtuosity, his musicality, and his willingness to share his expertise. Among many memorable performances at IHS symposiums are Paganini Caprices (with David Pyatt) at Tallahassee in 1993, the Britten Serenade at Tuscaloosa in 2005, and the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor at several symposiums (2006-2008).
Frank was born in Cornwall in 1952 and began his musical career on the trombone in his school brass band at the age of 13. At 16, he left school to join the Royal Marine Band Service and was subsequently changed to the horn.
On leaving the Royal Marines in 1975, Frank went to study with Ifor James at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Soon after starting, however, he was offered the post of principal horn with the Scottish National Orchestra (now The Royal Scottish Orchestra), where he remained until 1979. He returned to London to take up a post with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and soon after that became a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble, and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Frank has been on the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music, Trinity School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and, since 1998, Professor for Horn at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, following in the footsteps of the legendary Herman Baumann after Baumann’s early retirement. He has toured the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician and has recorded much of the horn solo and chamber literature.
Frank is an Honorary Member of the British Horn Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. He has served on the IHS Advisory Council (2000-2006, 2012-2017) and as President (2004-2006, 2012-2014). He was elected an Honorary Member in 2009.
After a long and successful career first as a computer programmer then entrepreneur and business owner, John decided to follow his passion and returned to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 to complete his Master’s degree in horn performance with Daniel Grabois which he completed in 2016. This decision was made in large part due to his long association with the Kendall Betts horn camp. After attending camp for many years starting in 1999, John’s playing ability improved to the point of winning a position with the Beloit-Janesville Symphony in 2008.
In addition to the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, John has performed with other orchestras including Madison, Dubuque, LaCrosse, Waukesha and Milwaukee Civic. John is a frequent player for musical theater productions and has been in the pit for more than two dozen shows. John has played with many chamber ensembles including the Dubuque Brass, Pentissimo, TetraCor, Zephyr Winds, Roundtree Ensemble and the Isthmus Brass. In 2012, John recorded a CD of Clifton Williams’ music with the Roundtree Wind Symphony (Mark Records). John is the current director of the Madison Horn Club.
Randy C. Gardner is Professor Emeritus from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he was Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Department. During his tenure, he was honored to have received the University of Cincinnati Award for Faculty Excellence and CCM’s Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award. Recently retired from CCM, Gardner is an adjunct Artist-In-Residence at Temple University. A successful and dedicated teacher, his students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the US and abroad.
Prior to joining the CCM faculty, Gardner was Second Hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 22 years, under the music directorships of Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, and Eugene Ormandy.
Professor Gardner maintains an active schedule as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and clinician. He performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra, and he was a long-time member of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Gardner has also performed as a substitute/extra musician with the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh.
Professor Gardner presents innovative and popular Modular Music Masterclasses, is the author of the acclaimed International Opus publication Mastering the Horn’s Low Register and self-published Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players, and composed WHY?! for unaccompanied horn, published by Thompson Edition. He was a performer and co-producer of the Summit Records CD Shared Reflections: The Legacy of Philip Farkas and is featured on D+, a recording in collaboration with trombonist M. Dee Stewart.
Gardner has fostered the composition of new works for horn by commissioning compositions and by serving as Chair of the International Horn Society’s Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund. Works composed for him include Good to Go for horn, oboe, and piano by Douglas Lowry (premiered at the 2008 IHS Symposium in Denver), Quartet for Horns by Randall E. Faust (in memory of Philip Farkas, recorded on the Summit Records CD Shared Reflections), Sonata for Horn and Violoncello by Marcel Farago, Four Random Movements for horn and piano by Larry Wheelock, and Valor for horn choir by Wayne Lu (dedicated to the CCM Esprit de Cor Horn Choir).
Among the institutions where Randy Gardner has held faculty positions are Indiana University, Temple University, Trenton State University (now The College of New Jersey), and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. He is a Board member and long-standing faculty member of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.
Randy Gardner was a Featured Artist at International Symposia of the International Horn Society in Beijing, China (2000), Lahti, Finland (2002) and Denver, CO (2008). In 2012, he had the distinct honor of performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra at IHS Symposium 44 with conductor Barry Tuckwell and fellow hornists Gregory Hustis, Joseph Ognibene, and John Ericson. Gardner also had the great pleasure of performing Kenneth Fuchs’ Canticle to the Sun with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at the 2008 IHS Symposium. He has been a Contributing Artist at many international and regional horn workshops and he serves as an adjudicator at solo and chamber music competitions.
An enthusiastic member of the International Horn Society, Gardner served on the IHS Advisory Council from 1999-2005. In 2018, Randy Gardner was honored to receive the International Horn Society’s Punto Award for his contributions to the horn world.
Psychology, sports psychology in particular, has been an area of personal study for many years. In 1999, the University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Council awarded Prof. Gardner a grant for intensive study of principles of sports psychology as applied to music performance. His studies in performance psychology underpin many aspects of his teaching and performing.
Randy Gardner’s major horn teachers were Philip Farkas, Christopher Leuba, Ethel Merker, and William Adam. In his free time, Randy enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, reading, sports, cheering enthusiastically for the Chicago Cubs, church/community activism, and learning.
Originally a northeast Ohio native, Susan ended up in the Houston, TX area after a series of relocations. Thanks to degrees in chemistry from SUNY Potsdam and a Ph. D. from Texas A&M University, she currently works in the petrochemical industry. However, music and horn playing have always been an integral part of her life. She studied music at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and several years later, continued studies in Le Havre, France, where she earned “Niveau Fin d’Etudes” at the Conservatoire Arthur Honegger.
Susan plays 3rd horn with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, in addition to being a member on its board of directors. Formerly, she was President of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and played 2nd horn.
She is an adult KBHC veteran since 2005, and was invited by Kendall Betts to be a board member of Cormont Music in 2013. Susan is a strong advocate for KBHC and the unique opportunities it offers to players of all ages.
Associate Artistic Director
Jesse McCormick was appointed to the horn section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2006. He previously served three seasons with the Colorado Symphony, and two seasons as a member of the Denver Brass. On New Year’s Eve 2013, Mr. McCormick appeared on the nationally-televised PBS series Live from Lincoln Center, performing as guest associate principal horn with the New York Philharmonic. In 2005, he took top prize in the Professional Division at the International Horn Competition of America. He has also made solo appearances with the Denver Brass, Windworks Ensemble in Capetown (South Africa), and the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs. In 2015, Mr. McCormick performed the Haydn Double Horn Concerto with Richard King and The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. McCormick is currently a member of the “Factory Seconds Brass Trio,” an ensemble comprised with fellow Cleveland Orchestra members Richard Stout and Jack Sutte.
Jesse has been a member of the faculty at Baldwin Wallace University since 2007. He has also lectured at the Cleveland Institute of Music and with Case Western Reserve University. In recent years, Mr. McCormick has appeared as a clinician at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Denver, University of Florida, Florida State University, and University of Miami. He has also taught masterclasses in South Korea, South Africa, and Colombia.
Jesse began his studies with Sally Ann Wilson of Colorado Springs and completed his studies with Jerome Ashby at the Juilliard School. He currently resides in Shaker Heights with his husband, attorney Landon Paul, and their three cats.
A native Atlantan, Julie Gerhardt’s musical endeavors include both performance and teaching. Julie holds positions in the Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra and has served as a substitute or extra hornist with orchestras throughout the Southeast, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, LexPhil, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra among others. Julie is also a member of the Cobb (GA) Wind Symphony, having performed with the CWS at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2003 and 2018. Additionally, Julie has been a finalist for positions in the United States Army Field Band, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, LexPhil, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
Since earning her undergraduate degree in instrumental music education from Indiana University in 2001, Julie has served as a middle school band director, marching band technician, horn instructor, and music theory professor. Now, in her role as a horn evangelist, Julie maintains a thriving studio of private horn students and works as a horn section coach for middle and high school band programs in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Performance experience during college with both Star of Indiana Brass Theater and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps gave Julie the foundation for an ongoing relationship with music in motion. In 2006, Julie was an inaugural member of Star United, helping to begin their championship reign on the mini-corps stage of Drum Corps Associates. Julie was highlighted in 2007 as SU’s mellophone soloist but has since retired from mellophone performance, limiting herself to rare renditions of Kopprasch’s first etude, exclusively in the key of E-flat.
Julie’s graduate study took her to the University of Georgia, the University of New Hampshire, and back to her undergraduate alma mater, Indiana University. Julie earned the Master of Arts in Music: Music Studies at UNH in 2010 and the Performer Diploma at IU in 2012.
Julie attended the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in 2006 and 2007. Her first year on KBHC staff was 2009, she was the camp’s associate operations director in 2017, and she’s been the operations director since 2018.
Julie’s primary teachers include Michael Hatfield, Myron Bloom, Dr. Jean Martin-Williams, Richard Deane, Kendall Betts, Rick Seraphinoff, Dale Clevenger, and Jeff Nelsen.