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Renée Vogen

Renée Vogen, a Chicago based freelance musician and teacher, currently holds positions as Third Horn with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Second Horn with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (Ohio). 

Renée has performed on horn and Wagner tuba with many ensembles including concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and New World Symphony.  Additionally, Renée has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and has played both guest principal and section horn with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. From 2016-2019 Renée was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

In 2019 Renée was awarded honorable mention at the International Women’s Brass Conference Susan Slaughter Solo Competition (Category II) in Tempe, AZ. Other awards include winning first place at the International Horn Society’s Horn Quartet Competition with the #quartet in Los Angeles in 2015, and being named runner-up at the IHS Dorothy Frizelle Mock Audition Competition (Low Horn) in San Fransisco in 2011. 

Renée’s wanderlust has taken her to China, where she was a teaching fellow at the Youth Music Culture Guangdong in Guangzhou in 2020 – Iceland, where she played as a substitute musician with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavîk – Italy, where she performed with the Gil Evans Chamber Jazz Ensemble, a headlining group at the Umbria Jazz Festival in 2012 – and Germany, where she studied the German language as a DAAD summer exchange fellow at the Universitat Potsdam.

In addition to a private teaching studio, Renée is adjunct faculty at DePaul University, where she teaches upper brass methods and Concordia University Chicago, where she is the adjunct professor of horn. Dedicated to social justice, Renée is also a brass instructor at The People’s Music School.

Renée earned her Master’s degree in horn performance from DePaul University under the tutelage of James Smelser, and her Bachelor’s in horn performance, Performer’s Certificate, and Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music under the instruction of W. Peter Kurau.