The Governor and Mrs. James G. Martin, Jr. Chair

A native of Eugene, Oregon, Seth Horner joined the North Carolina Symphony as Principal Tuba in 2017. Horner was the Acting Principal Tuba of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for three seasons and held faculty appointments teaching tuba and euphonium at Towson University and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. At the age of 19, he 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. Horner attended the Peabody Institute, and was an honors graduate of the University of Oregon and valedictorian of his class at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Horner performed frequently with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) prior to assuming a full-time position in 2014, including the BSO’s west coast tour and its 2010 and 2014 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. Horner has also performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, 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 received honorable mention at the 2010 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.

Seth Horner has served as a faculty member 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, Pennsylvania, as instructor of tuba and euphonium as well as performing with the Oregon Bach Festival and Britt Festival orchestras. Horner has been a visiting instructor at the University of Oregon and Ithaca College.