Hornswoggle Workshop is a communal education opportunity for Horn players in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico.
Bill Bernatis is currently Professor of Horn at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Assistant Director of UNLV Orchestras, Principal Horn with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Assistant Principal Horn with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York.
Prior to joining the faculty at UNLV, Professor Bernatis was Professor of Horn and Orchestra Director at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, Professor of Horn at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. His performing experience includes positions as principal horn with the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Waco Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, the Breckenridge Music Institute, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.
He studied with John Iltis at Washburn University (BM), Philip Farkas at Indiana University (MM), and Bill Scharnberg at University of North Texas (Doctoral studies).
Nancy Joy received a Bachelor degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, studying with Dr. Richard Chenoweth and then completed a Master of Music at New Mexico State University, studying with Dr. Warner Hutchison.
Nancy is currently the Horn Professor at New Mexico State University. Nancy created the "NMSU Corno Crew" which is very active in premiering new works. They were invited to be a premiere ensemble at several International Horn Society Symposiums.
Nancy is Principal Horn of the Las Cruces Symphony, and Second Horn of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Opera Company. Ms. Joy is a member of the IHS Advisory Council and has served two terms of office. She is currently the International Workshop Coordinator and Chair of the IHS Scholarship Committee.
Nancy was a Featured Guest Artist at the International Women's Brass Conference in 2011 and 2012.
Gerald Wood is currently a freelance musician and private instructor throughout the DFW area, in addition to being a frequent utility player for the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. In 2011 he was appointed Adjunct Instructor of Horn at the University of Texas at Arlington.
He completed course work for a Doctorate at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Kazimierz Machala. He completed a Masters degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and received a Bachelors at Stephen F. Austin State University. In 2003 he spent time studying at the Musik Hochschule, Zürich with David Johnson of the American Horn Quartet.
He has been a member of the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Horn Quartet since the fall of 1998.
Mr. Wood has taught horn privately to all ages including six years at the university level. He is husband to Molly and father to Seth, Sam and Lydia.