Meet the Alloy Horn Quartet

The Alloy Horn Quartet will join the Philharmonic on April 6, 2019. Meet the members in a little conversation.

Name: Liz Deitemyer
Hometown: Lemont, Il

What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? A figure skater or a teacher

What you are now? I press a hunk of metal against my face and push air through twisty tubes for money.

Describe the Alloy Horn Quartet: We are a group of four unique women who bring our different styles and personalities together to make some pretty awesome music.

Name one (non-music) thing on your bucket list: I would love to walk the Camino de Santiago. It would be such an adventure to explore a new country and meet interesting characters along the way.

What is the farthest from home you’ve ever traveled? I took a solo trip to Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and it was an experience of a lifetime. I saw cultures very different from ours and figured out how to navigate in foreign places on my own. 

Name something you are interested in that no one else is: Dream interpretation! I love trying to discern their meanings and see the whacky ways our subconscious expresses things.

Name:  Anna Jacobson
Hometown: Elk Mound, WI

What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? a veterinarian

What are you now? Freelance horn player, horn teacher, trumpet teacher, folk band musician, Suzuki violin teacher, and fiddler extraordinaire. No, really!

Describe the Alloy Horn Quartet: The Alloy Horn Quartet is a blend of four unique, beautiful horn sounds, which join to make an even more beautiful and strong sound.

What's the farthest from home you’ve ever traveled? Bulgaria. I spent part of a summer traveling there with a folk music group from the US when I was in high school.I can still count to ten in Bulgarian!

What's the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever bought? An avocado slicer. It was a gift for someone else, but...really, a knife will do the trick just fine.

What is something you are interested in that no one else is? I have a fondness for chickens. They're not particularly cuddly, or smart, or obedient, but I grew up on a hobby farm, and the chickens were always my favorites. While I'm technically allowed to have them in the city, I don't really have enough yard space to keep them...which makes me a chicken whisperer without any chickens.  

Name: Kelly Langenberg
Hometown: New Philadelphia, Ohio

What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? A travel agent because I wanted to see the world!

What you are now? Teacher, Professor, Performer, Cheerleader, Manager, Organizer, & Mom.

Describe the Alloy Horn Quartet: This group is awesome. They are all amazing musicians & we learn so much from and about each other.  Our rehearsals are fun and inspiring, and the congeniality we share can be felt in our performances.

What is something that never goes out of style? Kindness and red lipstick.

What's the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever bought? Red leather cowboy boots. Not much need for those in Chicago! Something you are interested in that no one else is: Paper texture. I love paper- notebooks, cards, recycled journals, anything!  I recall one time in junior high we had an assignment in art class to make our own paper and for weeks afterward I was trying to create paper at home with a blender.  I still have an affinity for specialty paper, but now I just buy it! 

Name: Dana Sherman
Hometown: Naperville, IL

What you thought you wanted to be when you grew up? A dog. That was my first ambition at least...and then I wanted to be a math teacher. 

What you are now? I play music with friends and teach music in a number of different settings. I would say it's a bit better than my earliest aspiration of being a dog. 

Describe the Alloy Horn Quartet: I am honored to play with the other members of Alloy Horn Quartet. They are talented musicians and wonderful colleagues and friends. Rehearsals are filled with inspiring music and lots of laughter.

Name something that never goes out of style: A comfortable T-shirt and jeans never go out of style. At least I hope that that never will, because if it does, I'll be out of style as well. (I guess it wouldn't be the first time.) Farthest from home you’ve ever traveled: I traveled to China with my high school band back in high school. Before attending graduate school, I went to Japan for the Pacific Music Festival. 

What is one of your favorite smells? Freshly baked brownies coming out of the oven. Anyone who know me knows I have a major sweet tooth! Anything chocolate is my favorite.

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