Nicole Minney

Nicole (Vanden Bosch) Minney is a horn teacher and performer in the mid-Michigan area. She completed her Master of Music in Music Performance at Michigan State University in 2018 and her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education and Music Performance at Western Michigan University in 2016. Nicole is now the Adjunct Professor of Horn at Olivet College, Adjunct Instructor of Horn at Alma College, and the horn instructor at Grand Ledge Schools and Hastings Schools. She is a member of the Midland Symphony and regularly performances with West Michigan Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and Traverse Symphony. Nicole recently finished a semester as an adjunct faculty member at Western Michigan University teaching Aural Skills IV: Introduction to Classical Improvisation. Nicole’s teaching focuses on using creativity to learn horn technique in order to becoming life long participators in music. 


Instructor of Music


French Horn

Educational Background

Western Michigan University

* Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education

* Bachelor’s of Music in Music Performance


Michigan State University

* Master’s of Music in Music Performance

I am...

I am a horn teacher and performer.

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Horn Pedagogy.

Signature course(s):

Applied Horn

Recent presentations:

Lecturer at Portland Public Schools

* Lecture on buzzing for a full sound and smooth slurring.

* Performed “Appalachia for Solo Horn” by Lydia Lowerly Busler.


Presenter at the Red Cedar Bands Festival

* Lecture on expanding the horn range.

Creative work:

I lead classes and workshops for momentary music; an introduction to classical improvisation.

Connect with me:


Midland Symphony Orchestra - Utility Horn

Traverse Symphony Orchestra - Substitute Horn

Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Substitute Horn

Lansing Symphony Orchestra - Substitute Horn

West Michigan Symphony Orchestra - Substitute Horn

Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra - Substitute Horn

Studio lessons:

I offer studio lessons in horn.

Music history/theory/composition:

I specialize in classical improvisation.