After playing Principal Horn with the North Carolina Symphony for 15 years (1992-2007), Andrew McAfee now focuses on mentoring through teaching horn at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and conducting as the Music Director/Conductor of the Triangle Youth Ballet (www.triangleyouthballet.org) and the Masterworks Reading Orchestra (www.masterworksro.com). He remains active performing in local ensembles including principal horn of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and the NC Opera. He completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at Northwestern University, where he studied horn with Dale Clevenger and other members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has won national auditions and held regular positions with the Fresno Philharmonic, Honolulu, Columbus, New Mexico and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras. In 2009 at UNCSA, he completed his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting. Solo appearances have included the Richard Strauss Concerto No. 1 and the Hubler Concertstuck for Four Horns with the North Carolina Symphony, Schumann's Concertstuck for Four Horns with the Longview (TX) Symphony, the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Salisbury (NC) Symphony, again in 2011 with the UNC Symphony Orchestra and MET tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and in 2014 with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. In January of 2015, he performed the American premiere of the Gleire Horn Concerto arranged for band by Tony Cheseaux, with the Fresno Community Concert Band. His website www.hornlessons.org features his horn and piano CD “A Passionate Horn,” technique videos and his horn book titled “The McAfee Method."
- Andrew McAfee
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