Professor of Music
Office: Price Doyle Fine Arts 520
John Dressler is Professor of Horn and Musicology at Murray State University where he gives lessons on horn, leads the MSU Horn Ensemble, coaches students brass quintets, and teaches classes in music history, music in film, and music theory. In addition, he currently serves the Paducah Symphony Orchestra as Second horn, and is active as a substitute and extra player with both the Indianapolis Symphony and Memphis Symphony Orchestras. He has served previously as Principal horn of both the Paducah and Jackson (TN) Symphony Orchestras. He regularly visits middle- and high-school band programs assisting with sectionals on call. Prior to his coming to the West Kentucky area, he was a member of the music faculty at Baylor University, the University of Georgia and Jacksonville University in Florida. He holds the first doctoral degree granted by Indiana University in Horn Performance where his teachers were Michael Hatfield, Philip Farkas and Ethel Merker. He also holds the M.Mus. degree in horn performance from Indiana University and the B.Mus.Ed. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. Dr. Dressler has also served as Principal horn with the touring orchestras of the Joffrey Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and was resident Principal horn with Opera Midwest in Evanston IL and both the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony and Savannah (GA) Symphony Orchestras. Dressler plays a Ricco Kuehn Model 293 horn with Laskey mouthpieces. Dressler has performed two solo recitals in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City: one in 1984, one in 1991. The latter performance also featured chamber-musicians Dr. Lawrence Mallett and Dr. Randall Black as well as collaborative accompanist Professor Marie Taylor. He was a featured soloist and lecturer at the June, 2003 international meeting of the International Horn Society held in Bloomington, Indiana, presented a paper on the teaching of film music on the university level at the College Music Society in Richmond, Virginia in October of 2011, and was a guest lecturer and recitalist at the international meeting of the International Horn Society in Memphis, Tennessee in July of 2013 for a presentation on woman hornists and their recordings plus a recital of music for horn and voice. He has authored 3 books, each a profile and bio-bibliography of the works of 20th-century British composers and their works: Gerald Finzi, Alan Rawsthorne, and William Alwyn. These are published by Greenwood Press, Praeger Press, and Routledge Press respectively. His similar book on Sir Granville Bantock is in progress. Dr. Dressler is a classical-music presenter for W-K-M-S, Murray KY; his weekly program, Classical Encore, is heard throughout the quad-state region of west Tennessee, west Kentucky, southern Illinois, and southern Indiana. He is also organist at Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church, Paducah. A copy of his dissertation, The Orchestral Horn Quartet in German Romantic Opera, is available on loan from the International Horn Society and via interlibrary loan from Waterfield Library, Murray State University, Murray KY.