Philadelphia names new horn

Philadelphia names new horn


norman lebrecht

September 10, 2020

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.



  • Aurston Larbson says:

    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.

    • Bryan Plittle says:

      Or perhaps consider me for these substitute positions, I have done more cool concerts than Aurston Larbson.

      • Couperin says:

        Could I have a shot too? I’m a percussionist but I played trumpet in the 4th and 5th grade and I’ve played some great concerts, even in other countries sometimes!

    • Scoop Ledger says:

      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.

      • MFrack Grey says:

        Sirs….this is a Wendy’s. You are highly mistaken. It takes years of honing your craft to reach this level; something none of you would know anything about. Clearly.

    • Adrian says:

      Are you ashamed of your real name?

      • 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.

    • Hatrick Podge says:

      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.

  • William Safford says:

    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.

  • Some of my favorite horn players here! With funny name variations! 🙂 We’re so excited to welcome Chris to the section, and William, thank you so much for your kind words.

    • Aurston Larbson says:

      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!

      • Bryan Plittle says:

        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).

    • Kenneth Every says:

      Please don’t let him move to Jersey!

    • William Safford says:

      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.)

    • Hubo Vuleverde says:

      I thought I was your favorite?

  • Alice Lakshmi says:

    If there is a GOOD Taco Bell nearby I will join your sub list. Thank you.

  • Scott Leger says:

    Don’t know what’s going on with this comment section, but congratulations to Christopher Dwyer!