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Department of Music - Natalie Adcock Leeson

Natalie Adcock Leeson

Natalie Adcock Leeson

Office:  FAC 346
Phone:  (270) 745-3751


Dr. Natalie Adcock Leeson is the Instructor of Horn at Western Kentucky University, a position she has held since 2011. Her responsibilities include teaching applied horn, horn ensemble, brass techniques, and music history courses. Dr. Lesson also serves as Adjunct Instructor of Music at Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College, teaching courses in music appreciation, American music history and the history of Rock and Roll. 

Dr. Leeson maintains a large and active horn studio, both at WKU and privately. Her students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in horn performance, preform in regional orchestras, and have attended numerous festivals and workshops. Dr. Leeson has served as the final round sight reading judge for the KMEA All-State bands and orchestra for the past 6 years and gives an annual WKU “All-State Help Session” for high school students across the state.

An active chamber musician, Dr. Leeson performs regularly with the WKU Faculty Brass Quintet, and with her personal brass quintet, Southern Kentucky Brass. She has been heard internationally, being accepted to and performing in brass festivals including the Jeju International Brass Competition and “Exploring Brass in Greece” with Millennium Brass. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Leeson plays axillary horn with several regional orchestras, including Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling Green.

An advocate for new music for horn and new ways to perform music, Dr. Leeson concentrated her doctoral research on the music for horn and piano or electronics by composer Michael Kallstrom. She has performed his works for horn and electronics on several recitals, and recently performed and gave a lecture on these works at the Mid-South Horn Workshop. Dr. Leeson also commissioned a piece for horn and piano from Kallstrom in 2013, which he entitled Share the Light.

Dr. Leeson holds degrees in horn performance from the University of Alabama (DMA), the University of Florida (MM), and Western Kentucky University (BM). Her teachers include Charles “Skip” Snead, Paul Basler, and Lorraine Fader. She can be heard playing principal horn on the University of Florida’s Wind Symphony CD Raise the Roof which was released on the Mark label in 2009. Dr. Leeson has also been involved in several recording projects for Carl Fischer Music, Inc.


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