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The Peabody Horn Studio is one of the most active and vibrant horn studios in the country.

Led by Denise Tryon, the studio is a wonderful balance of pedagogy, performing, and real life audition instruction.

Tryon is the fourth horn player for the Philadelphia Orchestra and an active chamber and solo artist. She along, with Detroit principal horn Karl Pituch, run the summer program “Audition Mode,” an audition seminar for professional hornists.

With this active real life influence, the Peabody Horn Studio gets the very best in instruction and exposure to many great performances.

Performance Opportunities

Brass players at Peabody study and perform music representative of all periods and styles in the following ensembles: Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Wind Ensemble, Peabody Camerata, Conductor’s Orchestra, and a wide variety of chamber groups coached by members of the faculty.

Peabody students are engaged as substitutes in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and are also regularly employed by other metropolitan and community orchestras, opera companies, chamber groups, and choral ensembles. The Baltimore/Washington area is rich in opportunities to hear and perform symphonic, operatic, and choral music of all kinds. The vast cultural resources of Washington, D.C,. are easily accessible by car, train, or bus.


Wei-ping Chou

Joining the Conservatory faculty in Fall 2018, Wei-ping Chou has been praised by the New York Times for her "consistent, strong" and "smooth and full" horn playing. Chou was the first and only horn player in Juilliard School history to be awarded the Artist Diploma.

Abel Pereira

Abel Pereira was appointed principal horn of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2014 by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach. Pereira will join the Peabody Conservatory faculty in Fall 2018.

Robert Rearden

Robert Rearden will be joining the Conservatory faculty in Fall 2018. Rearden joined the National Symphony as second horn in 2016. He previously served as principal horn of the Florida Orchestra from 2010-2016.

Denise Tryon

A native of Roseville, MN, Denise Tryon joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2009 as fourth horn. Previously the fourth horn of the Detroit Symphony (2003-2009), she has also held positions with the Baltimore (2000-2003), Columbus (1998-2000), and New World (1995-1998) Symphonies.