Wanda Braden

Jan 14, 2020 Piano, French Horn, & Voice Instructor

Wanda has been on the faculty of A & A Music since 1997 teaching beginning piano, voice and brass.  She enjoys teaching students of all ages with a focus on understanding the language of music as well as playing.  She has helped many special needs students learn to play music successfully.

She earned a BA degree from the University of Minnesota, with additional studies done at the University of Michigan through the Interlochen Arts Camp there.  She studied privately with Priscilla McAfee, principle horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in MN.  At Interlochen, her teachers were Rebecca Root, principle horn of the Rochester Philharmonic and John Jacobsen of the Cleveland Orchestra, and John Ceriminaro.  In Chicago she has studied with Grace Kang and Daniel Fackler.  Wanda has continued to expand her musical education by studying voice with Susan Dennis, and piano with Ellen Mosher at Harper College.  She has been active as a church musician for churches in the northwest suburbs.

Wanda is currently principle horn with the Harper Symphony Orchestra.  She also is a member of the Chicago Symphonic Pops Orchestra, and the Manitowoc Symphony.  She has appeared regularly with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony, Solid Brass Ensemble and has played numerous musicals for multiple community theatres.  She is a member of the Wheaton Municipal Band, considered one of the country’s 10 top community bands since 1996, and has soloed with the Northwest Suburban Concert Band.  She is a member of Musicians Union 10-208 and the International Horn Society.