- Halle Habana, for solo horn
Michelle Stebleton has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber artist, and clinician. While she performs with orchestras regionally and abroad, her favorite performance activity is MirrorImage, a horn duo with Lisa Bontrager (also a Holton-Leblanc Artist). Stebleton’s performance tours have taken her to over two dozen countries, including multiple appearances in the Dominican Republic and Prague. Stebleton is featured on the compact discs On Safari: MirrorImage Goes Wild!, Harambee: The Horn Music of Paul Basler, MirrorImage at the Opera, and Marathon, featuring unaccompanied music.
Ms. Stebleton has commissioned and premiered over 20 works for horn and promotes new music through both performance and publication. She founded RM Williams Publishing in 1997, and wrote her first piece, Halle Habana: Fantasy on a Cuban Folk Song for solo horn, in 2017, published by Brass Arts Unlimited.
She has performed as a soloist and lecturer on many International Horn Society conferences, including as a Guest Artist and Co-Host in 1993 (Tallahassee FL), and Guest Artist in 2006 (South Africa). In addition, she has served as a clinician at the 1994 First International Swiss Horn Workshop, three Interpreters HornCourses in Prague, Czech Republic, at the Second International Horn Conference in Bolivia and, in 2018, at the First International Panamanian Horn Workshop.
Stebleton has shared second prize in both the Professional (twice) and Natural Horn divisions of the American Horn Competition. While a student, she tied for first prize in the International Horn Society's Solo Competition and earned first prize in the University and High School divisions of the American Horn Competition. Her students have also earned top prizes in the same event, now the International Horn Competition of America. She joined the Executive Board of the competition in 2017.
Professor Stebleton teaches horn at Florida State University where she has won many grants and two teaching awards. She received performance degrees from the University of Michigan where she studied with Louis J. Stout and Lowell Greer. She did further study at the European Mozart Foundation in Prague.
Ms. Stebleton speaks terrible Spanish, knows just enough about jewelry to cause serious damage (GIA – AJP, GP), and would love to have a dog or two when she retires. While she has performed for Presidents and Princesses, the coolest gigs she has had, by far, were performing with/for Chicago (the band) and Pope John Paul II.