Dr. Wing Lam Au
Wing Lam (Sarah) Au is a freelance Horn performer and educator based in Austin, TX. Dr. Au regularly performs with several regional orchestras in Texas, including the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Temple Symphony Orchestra, Central Texas Philharmonic, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and La Follia Baroque. A proponent of new music, she is a frequent collaborator with Austin-based new music ensemble Density512 and has also appeared with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Her performances have taken her across the globe, including concerts in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She has appeared as a substitute musician with Monarch Brass, performed at the Mid-South Horn Workshop, and was featured as a concerto soloist with the Central Texas Medical Orchestra. Dr. Au has received fellowships to attend the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Atlantic Music Festival, received an honorable mention at the 2016 Mid-South Horn Solo Competition and was a quarterfinalist in the 2017 Fischoff Competition with the woodwind quintet, li5ten.
Dr. Au currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Horn at Austin Community College and as Adjunct Horn Instructor at Texas A&M - Kingsville. A committed arts advocate, she is a founding Board member of the Austin Brass Collective, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to bringing excellent and accessible brass performance and educational experiences to the Central Texas community. Dr. Au is also a founding faculty member of the Austin Horn Camp.
Dr. Au holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, where she served as Teaching Assistant for the Horn Studio in 2016-17 and received a Diversity Continuing Fellowship. She also holds an Orchestral Performance Certificate from Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Music from Yale University as well as degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
Eileen Kane, a horn player and music educator, has cultivated an extensive horn studio of 60+ weekly students from RRISD, LISD, and LTISD. Over the past eleven years, Ms. Kane has taught private horn lessons to a wide variety of students from the beginner to collegiate level in the states of TX, MI, OH, and PA. Ms. Kane is very passionate about helping students find joy and success through their horn playing, and students from her studio have experienced success at regional, state, and international levels. She earned a MM in Horn Performance at the University of Akron, studying horn under Dr. Margaret Tung (current horn professor at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) and Professor Fink, while teaching horn and music history classes as a graduate assistant. Additionally, Ms. Kane holds a BS in Music Education and a minor in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
As a huge advocate for chamber music, Ms. Kane has directed numerous horn choir classes, created an annual “Horn Day” in RRISD, directed the winning high school horn quartet for the 2022 International Horn Society competition, and is a founding faculty member at the Austin Horn Camp. Also Ms. Kane has worked at the internationally-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan mentoring students, and teaching a Horn Choir class as part of the 2017 Interlochen Intermester Series. Currently in her free time, Ms. Kane enjoys performing with her woodwind quintet Q360, and various other ensembles in the area. Previous performing engagements include but are not limited to: Altoona Symphony Orchestra (PA), Solon Philharmonic Orchestra (OH), ICONical trio (horn, tuba, piano), Austin Brass Collective, and performing as a finalist in the 2015 national MTNA Solo Competition.
Diana McLaughlin teaches horn in Eanes, Leander, and Round Rock ISD’s, and several of her students have been accepted to their respective district and region festivals. She is a founding faculty member of the Austin Horn Camp and has performed with the Austin Brass Collective, Valley Winds, and Brockton Symphony.
Prior to moving to Austin, Ms. McLaughlin taught horn and trumpet students in Western Massachusetts and the greater Pittsburgh area. She also designed and piloted a general music curriculum in San José, Costa Rica, which helped preschool and elementary aged students gain fundamental musical skills, and allowed them to transition to private lessons upon completion of the class.
Diana holds a Master of Music and a performance certificate from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with William Caballero, Principal Horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with degrees in horn performance (B.M.) and Spanish (B.A.), where she studied with Joshua Michal and was the 2018 recipient of the Laura Klock Award for excellence in horn performance. She has performed and studied in six countries, including a concert tour in Ireland and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.
Shaun Murray is a professional horn player, teacher, and founding member of the Austin Horn Camp. Since moving to Austin, he has built up a private studio of over fifty students in Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, and Georgetown with students finding success from District Band all the way to TMEA 6A All-State.
Mr. Murray has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Brass Collective, the Johnstown Symphony, the Ohio River Valley Chorale, and the National Orchestral Institute as principal horn on Mahler Symphony No. 5. Mr. Murray holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL, and both a Master’s degree and Advanced Musical Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. His primary teachers include Gregory Miller of the Empire Brass and William Caballero of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Curtis Simmons
Dr. Curtis Simmons is an active performer, and teacher in Austin, Texas. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Horn Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Before that, Curtis graduated with his Master of Music in Horn Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in Kansas City, he was a regular substitute musician with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, performed a link up concert with members of the Kansas City Symphony and was a member of the UMKC Wind Symphony. Prior to Kansas City, Curtis started his undergraduate degrees at the University of Arkansas completing two Bachelor of Music degrees; Horn Performance and Music Theory. While at Arkansas Curtis was a substitute musician with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the Tulsa Signature Symphony and the fourth horn for the Arkansas Philharmonic.
Dr. Simmons currently teaches horn at Temple College and maintains a private studio of 50+ students in the Leander ISD. Dr. Simmons is a member of the Austin Brass Collective and serves as Secretary on the Board. He is also a founding faculty member of the Austin Horn Camp.
Curtis enjoys spending his free time with his wife Ashlyn, their dogs Paisley and Penny, and their cat Prika.