Ian Zook 🔸Horn

Performer & Teacher

The 4th Annual JMU Horn Society Century

 On Saturday, April 20 2019, The JMU Horn Society will start running at 8:30am and total 100 Miles!  We will raise funds this year for Any Given Child Harrisonburg, a partner to the national program sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., that encourages secondary school students to creatively connect and explore the value, relevance, and impact of the arts. 

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Why? As members of both the JMU and Harrisonburg communities, we are eager to use our collective efforts in a healthy activity (running!) to raise awareness and funds for Any Given Child Harrisonburg, and our annual Guest Artist Series.  

Our Charity Any Given Child Shenandoah Valley is a program of the
Arts Council of the Valley and a community partnership with the Education and National Partnership offices of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. 
 Any Given Child Harrisonburg was the 15th location nationwide to be named as an Any Given Child location.  In 2018, the initiative became a program of the Arts Council of the Valley and refocused services to include Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County students in grades K-8.  

Our Guest Series brings performers and teachers of national and international acclaim to JMU for horn recitals, masterclasses, and other guest presentations.  Past Guest Artists have included: Kateřina Javůrková (Czech Philharmonic), Austin Larson (Baltimore Symphony),  Jonas Thoms (West Virginia University), William Caballero (Principal Horn, Pittsburgh Symphony), Andrew Pelletier (Soloist and Horn Professor at BGSU), Douglas Hill (Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison), Zachary Smith (Associate Principal horn, Pittsburgh Symphony), Shawn Hagen (Peabody Conservatory), Dan Wions (Principal Horn, Pennsylvania Ballet), and Abel Pereira (Principal Horn, National Symphony).


On Saturday, April 14 2018, The JMU Horn Society started running at 8:15am and ran 100 Miles in 2 Hours!  We raised $850 for the Harrisonburg City Schools Food Backpack program, fully funding weekend meals for three elementary school students for a full year! Our three year charitable donations now total $4150!


In March 2017, after hosting the Southeast Horn Workshop of the International Horn Society at James Madison University, the JMU Horn Society donated $1000 to the Duke Hall Art Gallery in appreciation for their welcome hosting of our event and memorable concert venue!


On Sunday, May 1st, 2016, the JMU Horn Society  ran 100 Miles and raised funds for The Mercy House and our Guest Artist Fund! Thank you to all who supported our event!

We raised $700 for The Mercy House, bringing our two year total donation amount to $2300!

 Following the amazingly successful 2015 Century Run, the JMU Horn Society will collectively run 100 miles at Purcell Park in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on May 1st, 2016. This year we will be inviting JMU Horn Society Alumni to participate as well, and hope to forge a strong connections with our JMU alums for years to come!  

Thank you for your encouragement and support!

From L: Martha Blanks, Anteo Sanna, Kaitlyn Brown, Emily Williams, Ian Zook (and son), Grace Chan, Austin Frank, Zach Nicely, Ben Yehle, Ben Knicely, Dan Atwood)  Not pictured but part of our Century Run were Olivia Lawson, Lincoln Marquis, Hunter Payne, and TJ Low!

From L: Martha Blanks, Anteo Sanna, Kaitlyn Brown, Emily Williams, Ian Zook (and son), Grace Chan, Austin Frank, Zach Nicely, Ben Yehle, Ben Knicely, Dan Atwood)

Not pictured but part of our Century Run were Olivia Lawson, Lincoln Marquis, Hunter Payne, and TJ Low!

Please enjoy these pictures from our 1st enormously successful Century Run. We ran 117 miles and raised $1600 for The Mercy House!

The mission of Mercy House is to provide food, clothes, and shelter to homeless families with dependent children in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area in a safe community while providing services to help overcome the barriers leading to homelessness.

Special thanks to Rui Zhang for the photos from our 2015 Century Run!