Meet The Students


Truman Clarinet Studio (2019-2020)

Brett Barger is a first year music performance/education double major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where he was selected for the Missouri All-State Band all four years of high school.  He also received the Arion Award and served as his high school’s section leader.  His hobbies include watching and playing baseball.

Emily Barnhouse is from Farmington, Missouri where she transferred to Truman from Mineral Area College as a junior music education major.  She was awarded the Don McClard Memorial Scholarship.  When not playing the clarinet, her hobbies include camping, swimming, and playing games.

Jayden Bell is a junior music education major from Kirksville, Missouri where she was selected to play in the All-District Band and served as her high school band’s section leader.  She received a gold rating at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest and has two years experience mentoring students in music.

Brianna Combs is a senior clarinet performance major double majoring in psychology from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  She played in the All-State Band for two consecutive years and received superior ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest.  She also served as her high school band’s section leader for three years, played in the All-District Band for four years, and received the Sousa Award.  She received second place at the 2018 Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Woodwinds Competition.  She enjoys playing golf and the E-flat clarinet.

Brianna Dotson comes to us from St. Louis, Missouri, where she was selected for the All-District Honor Band and conducted the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps.  She also received the John Philip Sousa Award.  She’s a first year music education major who loves playing her clarinet.

Karley Drabik is a second year music minor from Grain Valley, Missouri where she was selected for the All-District Honor Band all four years and served as the drum major of her high school band for two years.  She also received superior ratings at state contest for both solos and small ensemble performances.  Her hobbies include watching movies and listening to music.

Lily Fisher is a freshman music minor from St. Louis, Missouri, where she performed with the Missouri All-State Band her senior year.  She also performed in the All-District Band and was awarded the Patrick Hoeing Memorial Scholarship.  She served as the section leader of her high school band for two years.  When not playing the clarinet, she enjoys drinking coffee, reading books, and baking.

Emily Hlas comes to us from Adel, Iowa, where she was a member of the Iowa All-State Band for three years, performed in her Conference Honor Band, and served as section leader for her high school band.  She’s a freshman music education/graphic design double major who enjoys playing ukulele and guitar, rollerblading, making crafts, and taking photos and videos when not playing clarinet.

Taylor Howard is a sophomore music performance major from Webster Groves, Missouri.  She was a member of the All-State Band, All-Suburban Band, and received superior ratings at state contest.  She received the Catherine Warner, Ms. Franklin Aker, and Truman’s Presidential Scholarships, and serves as the Tri-M Historian.  When not playing clarinet, she enjoys painting, drawing and weight lifting.

Hannah Huddleston is a second year music education major from School of the Osage where she was selected for the All-District Band all four years and served as drum major of her high school band.  She also received the Louis Armstrong Award and received superior ratings at state contest.  Her hobbies include martial arts, reading, and hiking.

Kendall Johnson is from Platte County, Missouri, where she was a member of the 2016 Missouri All-State Band and served for three years as section leader of her marching band.  She received superior ratings a state contest for three years and participated in her All-District Honor Band for four years.  Recently she graduated with her B.A. degree in music and is now serving as a graduate teaching assistance while pursuing her M.A.E. in music and M.A. in conducting.  She worked as a staff member for the Blue Lake Music Camp in Michigan, and was selected to perform in the Northern Wind Ensemble with Blue Lake International, which provided the opportunity to go on an all-expense paid, three-and-a-half-week tour of three European countries during the summer of 2018: the Netherlands, Germany and France.  She was selected to receive the Dr. Roger and Marcie Cody Music Scholarship.  She enjoys reading and riding horses.

Jennifer Jones transferred to Truman as a sophomore music performance major from Indiana University-Bloomington.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she was a member of the St. Louis Youth Orchestra for two years, performed with the 2018 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Symphony Orchestra as first chair overall, and was selected as first chair overall of the Missouri All-State Convention for two consecutive years (she choose band in 2018 and orchestra in 2019).

Eastlyn Koons is a first year music minor from Smithville, Missouri, where she was fourteenth chair in the Missouri All-State Band and first chair in the All-District Honor Band.  She also performed in the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.  She received the John Philip Sousa Award, was selected to the Four-State All-Honor Band, and served as section leader of her high school band.  Her hobbies include hanging out with friends, reading, and volunteering for various activities and service projects.

Ajdin Krdzalic is from St. Louis, Missouri, where he received a superior rating a state contest two years in a row.  He also received the John Philip Sousa Award.  He’s a freshman music performance/math double major who enjoys reading when not playing his clarinet.

Esther Lee is a second year student from Overland Park, Kansas where she was the head drum major at Blue Valley Southwest High School.  She was selected for the All-State Band and the All-District Band, and performed principal clarinet in the Olathe Youth Symphony.  She received superior ratings at state contest and was awarded the Sousa Award and a Gold Musicianship Award.  She runs a Leadership Music Camp each summer and enjoys playing saxophone at church, watching Hulu and hanging out with friends.

Maddie Luedtke is a junior music education major from St. Louis, Missouri where she was selected for the All-Suburban Band and served as the section leader for her high school band.  She enjoys playing in musical pit orchestras and participating in winter drumline, which was named the 2017 World Champion.

Anna Manzelli is a junior music education major from Arnold, Missouri who received sixth chair in the All-District Band and studied clarinet in high school with Dr. Kelly Austermann.  She has received superior ratings at both District and State Solo and Ensemble Contest and served as the section leader for her high school band.

Phoebe Moberg is a fourth year biology major and music minor from Kearney, Missouri.  She was a member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony, the All-State Band for two years, and participated in the Interlochen Clarinet Institute.  She enjoys running, reading, and coding in her free time.

Lindsey Morrow comes to us from Troy, Missouri, where she received the John Philip Sousa Award and was selected for the Missouri All-State Honorable Mention Band two years in a row.  She also performed in the top All-District Band for four years and served as her high school drum major for two years.  She’s a first year music education/performance double major.

Holly Peters is a senior music education major and Statesmen drum major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  She played in the All-State Band her senior year and received the Arion Award.  She also served as drum major of her high school marching band for two years and received superior ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest.  She received Honorable Mention at the 2018 Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Woodwinds Competition and was selected to receive the Robert Scott Marshall Memorial Music Scholarship.  She enjoys playing the alto sax in pep band and spends her free time making baked goods and painting.

Cherish Pope comes to us from Lone Jack, Missouri where she was twice selected to play clarinet in the All-State band and served as her high school’s drum major her senior year.  She is a sophomore music performance major, and when she’s not playing the clarinet, she enjoys performing on flute and piano as well.

Melanie Rockford is from Ottawa, Illinois where she was selected for the Honors All-State Band, the All-State Band, and the ILMEA District Band.  She studied clarinet with Gene Montgomery and served as the section leader of the Ottawa Wind Ensemble.  She is a third year music education major who enjoys singing and playing the piano and saxophone in addition to the clarinet.

Emma Scherrer is a first year music/history double major from St. Louis, Missouri, where she she was selected as first alternate for the All-State Band and performed with the St. Louis All-Suburban Band all four years of high school.  She also received numerous gold ratings at state contest.  She plans to pursue a masters degree in musicology after graduation, and her hobbies include reading, kickboxing, and playing video games.

Lauren Seifried is from Aurora, Missouri, where she received superior ratings at the state contest and was selected to receive the John Philip Sousa Award.  She recently graduated with her B.A. in music and is now pursuing the M.A.E. degree in music.  She served on the music staff for the 2019 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and was selected to receive the Lowell and Geogene Brunner Music Award.

Sharyn Shipley is a sophomore music education major from Boonville, Missouri where she was selected for the All-State Band and the All-District Band.  She also received the Sousa Award and started the Boonville Tri-M chapter.  When not playing clarinet she enjoys cooking and writing.

Lucas Shroyer is a sophomore music performance major from Galesburg, Illinois.  He qualified for the All-State Band three times and the All-District Band four times, and he also received the John Philip Sousa Award.  When not playing clarinet, he enjoys playing the piano and tennis.

Tori Tyler is from Quincy, Illinois, where she played in the All-State Band, the All-District Band, the All-District Orchestra and won the Quincy Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition.  She also served as principal clarinetist of the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra.  She is a fourth year music major at Truman, where she participates as a varsity athlete on the track and field team, and enjoys playing the tenor saxophone.  She received Honorable Mention at the 2018 Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Woodwinds Competition and served on the music staff at the 2019 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.  After graduation she plans to pursue graduate studies in musicology.

Alex Walcott is a first year music education/psychology double major from Bevier, Missouri.  She served as section leader all four years of high school and performed throughout Europe with the Missouri Ambassadors of Music.  She knows how to play 15 different instruments and also enjoys singing.