Summer Concert Series: Butler Symphony Horn Section
Butler Symphony Horn Section – Horn Quartet with Denise Gamble, Dennis Emert, Amber Fantini, and Michael Schiemer
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Dennis Emert is from Monroeville and enjoys playing the French horn. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Indiana University of Penssylvania. Dennis has been retired for two years from teaching in the Fox Chapel Area School District. Currently, he works part time for Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center. He remains active with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, where he has served as president of two different districts and has also served as state president. Dennis regularly performs with The Butler Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Musicians Concert Band, The Three Rivers Horn Quartet, various brass and woodwind quintets. and the Yankee Brass Band.
Amber Ramsey Fantini, originally from Hollidaysburg, earned her bachelor’s and master of music in French horn performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Dennis Abelson and Myron Bloom. She also holds her music teaching certification from CMU. A founding member of the Three Rivers Horn Quartet, Amber is an active freelance hornist in the greater Pittsburgh area, having performed in the horn sections of Butler, Johnstown, Altoona, McKeesport, and Westmoreland symphonies. Amber considers performing at the Three Rivers Regatta with the band Kansas, on stage at the Benedum Center with John Tesh, and at the Palumbo Center with the Three Tenors as personal highlights in her performance career. Her most memorable performance was as a featured soloist, along with the Three Rivers Horn Quartet, in Schumann’s “Konzertstuck” with the Johnstown Symphony. Amber has taught music in Oakmont, Northgate, and Fox Chapel school districts. She currently sits on the board of directors for Saltworks Theatre Company and is a Wolf Trap teaching artist with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. With three children currently in college and one in high school, Amber keeps busy with her husband and two dogs at their home in Squirrel Hill.
Denise Gamble is currently the principal horn of The Butler Symphony. She started performing with the orchestra in 1985 as the assistant horn, working her way to the principal chair. Residing in Kittanning, she also performs with the Johnstown Symphony, Armstrong Brass Quintet, the Three Rivers Horn Quartet, as well as other freelance jobs. Denise is a 1976 graduate of Kiski Area High School, a 1980 graduate of Morehead State University, and received her master’s degree in 1982 from Kent State University. In her spare time, she is an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan, enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, and crafting, as well as floating in her swimming pool. She is a retired music educator, and her biggest love is her 6-year-old grandson Arthur.
Michael Scheiner is second horn in the Johnstown Symphony. In addition to playing horn, he is also director of rooms at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriot. In his free time, he enjoys all things Pirates, Pens, and Steelers, as well as spending time with his wife, twin daughters, and pet, Huskimo.