Renée Vogen is a Chicago based freelance musician and teacher. Renée currently holds positions with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and as Third Horn with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In the Summer of 2018 Renée held a one year position as Second Horn with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra in Ohio.
Renée could also be heard in performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Renée was a member of the Chicago based horn quartet, #quartet, with whom she won the International Horn Society’s Horn Quartet competition in Los Angeles in 2015. At the International Horn Symposium the #quartet had the opportunity to not only open for the Berlin Philharmonic Horn Quartet, but also performed side-by-side with them.
Renée’s wanderlust has taken her to Italy – where she toured 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 Universität Potsdam.
Renée is the Adjunct Professor of Horn at Concordia University Chicago and South Suburban College. Additionally, Renée is an Adjunct Faculty member at DePaul University. Dedicated to social justice, Renée is also a horn instructor at The People’s Music School and The Chicago High School for the Arts.
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 and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music under the instruction of W. Peter Kurau.