Meet the UCSB Horn Studio’s 2016-2017 Year Students!
Sara Aronson – Graduate Student
Kyla Vinson – Undergraduate Student
Kyla Vinson is a 4th year Music major from Thousand Oaks, California. She started playing horn at eleven years old under the direction of her middle school band director. She has participated in multiple honor bands during her career, including the Ventura County Honor Band and the Sounds of America Honor Band. In addition to her music studies, she is also a pre-medical student and is planning on being a neurologist.
Rachel Sowa – Undergraduate Student
Rachel Sowa is a 4th year student in the College of Creative Studies Computer Science Program, with a double minor in Music and German. Originally from the Bay Area, she has been playing horn for 10 years, and piano for 17 years. In addition to horn, she focuses on computer science studies in music and media arts technology. Recent and current projects include building a glove-controlled voice synthesizer, a touch-based keyboard made of ocean rocks coated in conductive paint, and an RGB LED grid for live music visualization. In her free time she enjoys hiking, jamming in a band with her housemates, and reading German literature.
Daoji Yang – Undergraduate Student
Daoji Yang is a horn player from Beijing, China. He graduated from the music program at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida. Daoji is now a member of the Horn Studio at University of California, Santa Barbara. Daoji has also studied with many different horn players including Wang Guan from China Philharmonic Orchestra, Li Changhu from Military Band of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Richard Todd from the University of Miami, and Steven Gross from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
As an orchestra player, Daoji has performed with the symphonic orchestra of the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China and the symphonic orchestra of the Gulliver Preparatory School. He has performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Music Center at Strathmore in Maryland. He played the principal horn for the Symphonic Orchestra of Gulliver Preparatory School and won the first place at the 2015 World Strides Heritage Festival held in Maryland, and he was selected to play the principle horn for the festival honor band to play the encore concert at the Music Center of Strathmore.
As a solo and horn ensemble player, Daoji has won many competitions in both China and the United States. Some of his awards includes superior solo award at Beijing Arts Festival in 2009, and the state superior solo award in Florida, and the state superior ensemble award in Florida in 2014. He has also played his solo and ensemble work on the solo concert held at the Gusman Hall at the University of Miami in 2015. Daoji’s most-performed solo pieces include Concerto No.1, Op.11 by Richard Strauss, and Concertpiece by Saint-Saëns.
Leslie Schlussel – Undergraduate Student
Leslie Schlussel started playing horn when she was 12, and never stopped. She grew up in San Diego, CA, participating in a plethora of ensembles such as marching band, wind ensemble, youth orchestra, Hornswoggle, and woodwind quintet. Some of her favorite memories include performing side-by-side with members of the San Diego Symphony, touring across Europe as part of a concert band, and sharing endless laughs with friends in youth orchestra. Leslie currently studies horn performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara, planning to perform professionally and educate. She hopes to inspire and reach out to others through music.
Amy Winter – Undergraduate Student
Amy Winter is a first year Performance major. She has been playing the horn for roughly 10 years and studying under her private teacher, Lucy Adams. Prior to attending UCSB, Amy has most recently performed at Carnegie Hall as an alumni member with her junior high director; and performed a solo and toured with the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra under the conductor Maxim Eshkenazy. Amy hopes to teach privately and be a part of an orchestra or chamber ensembles and attend grad school in the future.
Brian Lim – Undergraduate Student
Sierra Yarnes – Undergraduate Student
Christopher Doi – Undergraduate Student