Philadelphia names new horn

The Philadelphia Orchestra has added Second Horn Christopher Dwyer to its roster.

He has served 6 years as #2 horn at St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under David Robertson.


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  • Congratulations and I hope I can sub for you sometime. I was surprised I was not considered for the position. I’ve done lots of cool concerts.

    • Aurston you aren’t crew and never will be. Back off! The success of the students of Bill Vermoolen will always be as obvious as the mushroom on your face.

      • Lol! Good point, I don’t think any of the real people alluded to here would say any of this, haha!! In all seriousness though, Austin I’m so glad you are on our sub list, and Ryan and Scott, I wish you were too, and Couperin maybe we’ll have a percussion sub list soon?? And Kenneth, bad news… they moved to jersey.

    • I too would like to be considered for substituting. I’ve received superior rankings on most of my solo and ensemble competitions, but would need a ride to rehearsals.

  • St. Louis’s loss is Philadelphia’s gain.

    Of course, Jennifer Montone also went to Philadelphia from St. Louis. And, many years before that, Dick Woodhams.

    • So you are saying there is a chance! Please ignore the 17 likes that Bryan has, I can assure you no plays a 6th horn on rite of spring better than I. No one!

      • Can confirm – Aurston’s 6th horn playing on Rite is far superior to my own, but I much prefer to play 7th or 8th (for obvious [technical and not financial] reasons).

    • You’re welcome! I have heard you a bunch of times, both with St. Louis and Philadelphia.

      We actually met one time, after you performed Strauss 1 some years ago.

      Friends of mine from the St. Louis Symphony (all now retired) always spoke very highly of you and your playing, especially the late Robert Silverman.

      Quick question: what are your favorite horn parts in wind quintets? The hornist in my quintet asked for us to choose something to give her a challenge. (I actually got to ask Joe Anderer this as well–it’s been a good week on Slipped Disc! He recommended the Fine and the Schoenberg.)

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