TBJ105: Seth Horner


TBJ105: Seth Horner, tubist of the North Carolina Symphony talking to himself, studying with David Fedderly and his box of mouthpieces

Seth Horner, tubist of the North Carolina Symphony on talking to himself, studying with David Fedderly and his box of mouthpieces. Seth Horner on trusting your gut, turning down a military band gig and phrasing.

From his website:

A native of Eugene, Oregon, Seth Horner is the newly-appointed principal tuba of the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh, NC. Horner was the acting-principal tuba of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for three seasons beginning in 2014, served as part-time instrumental faculty teaching tuba and euphonium at Towson University for three semesters, and in winter of 2017 Horner was selected as the tuba instructor at the Peabody Conservatory before relocating to North Carolina. At the age of 19, Seth served a one-year position as principal tuba of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop and has held positions as the principal tuba of the West Virginia Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Seth studied primarily with Richard Frazier, Mike Grose, Paul Krzywicki, Warren Deck, and David Fedderly. Horner attended the Peabody Conservatory, was an honors graduate of the University of Oregon and was valedictorian of his class at the Curtis Institute of Music. 

Seth had performed frequently with the Baltimore Symphony prior to assuming a full-time position in 2014 and performed during the BSO’s west coast tour and its 2010, 2014, and 2016 Carnegie Hall appearances with Marin Alsop. He can be heard on the BSO’s two most recent albums featuring the symphonies of Leonard Bernstein conducted by Marin Alsop (Naxos), as well as Ms. Alsop's recording with the Colorado Symphony of Roy Harris Symphonies 3 and 4 (Naxos). Horner has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and New World Symphony among others. He has made chamber music appearances with the Washington Symphonic Brass, the Bay Street Brassworks, and the Clipper City Brass. Horner was a featured soloist with the Capital Wind Symphony in Vienna, VA, and was a finalist at the 2010 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.

Seth Horner has served as an audition panel member and coach for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America as well as Carnegie’s NYO2. In the summer, he has been on the faculty of Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute in Kingston, PA as the instructor of tuba and euphonium as well as performing with the Oregon Bach Festival and Britt Festival orchestras. Mr. Horner has given masterclasses at the University of Oregon, Ithaca University, and Towson University. Seth resides in Durham, NC.

In this fun and lively episode, we cover:

  • Lance is grumpy (and whelmed)

  • Seth talking to himself

  • Life is good

  • Being a professional tuba player is the best gig in the world

  • Andrew's coffee issues

  • Saints and Rams controversy

  • The Durham NC minor league baseball team (the Bulls, from Bull Durham fame)

  • His fiance found his box of mouthpieces and questioned the whole relationship

  • Mike Parker's mouthpiece issues

  • Seth's grandfather was a tuba player, had a family band

  • Andrew's most recent Jacob's Podcast episode about an influential Rex Martin class and the influence of the mouthpiece selection

  • Tage Larsen of the Chicago Symphony

  • Chris Hall and Chris Hall

  • Don't pick a fight with a child or an animal

  • Playing in the Baltimore Symphony for three seasons after David Fedderly's retirement

  • Studying with Fedderly

  • Baltimore Brass Company (and how it compared to working with the BSO)

  • Dave Fedderly: Action-packed with wisdom

  • The most important teacher of music is life

  • The importance of phrasing and sub-phrasing

  • Playing with the North Carolina Symphony

  • Playing for elementary school students all over North Carolina

  • How the state supports the organization

  • Bubble Butt

  • Turning down a military band position

  • Trusting your gut

  • Meeting Andrew at the Greensboro tuba conference (Lance was there too)

  • The Captain's Log



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