Horn player Lauren Hunt holds the Linda VanSickle Smith French Horn Chair and Director of Brass Studies at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, where she will begin working in August 2023. Her professional career was kick-started by winning first prize in the International Horn Competition of America in 2013. More recently, Dr. Hunt was the only classical musician selected as a fellow by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. She performs regularly in the horn section of orchestras including Ballet West, Utah Symphony, Utah Festival Opera, and Artosphere Festival Orchestra.
A passionate chamber musician, Dr. Hunt can be heard on an album of Beethoven’s chamber works for winds, released in 2019 on the Naxos label. She has appeared as a featured performer at the International Women’s Brass Conference, ClarinetFest, and the International Horn Symposium. Other chamber music appearances include at the Marlboro Music Festival, Northern Neck Chamber Series, Norfolk Festival, the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival, and a recital at Carnegie Hall in 2017. She is currently active as a member of the Lanta Horn Duo, with which a forthcoming album features works for two horns by female composers.
Dr. Hunt holds a BM from the New England Conservatory, an MM from the Yale School of Music, and a DMA from the University of Georgia, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her major teachers include Edwin Thayer, Jean Martin-Williams, Richard Mackey, and William Purvis. Learn more at laurenhunthorn.com.