Lauren Hunt is Assistant Professor of Horn at Utah State University, where she has worked since August 2019. Winner of the International Horn Competition of America in 2013, Dr. Hunt performs regularly with a variety of ensembles across the United States. As a soloist, Dr. Hunt has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Army Orchestra in Washington, DC. In recent years, she has appeared at music festivals from coast to coast, including the Marlboro Festival, Spoleto Festival, Artosphere Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West. Additionally, she has toured internationally with many ensembles including the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and actively worked as a freelancer in the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions of the United States. She recently became one of the first registered Suzuki French horn teachers in the world.
Dr. Hunt has taught extensively around the globe, and is a graduate of the Global Leaders Program, which provides guest artists to “El Sistema”-style programs in the Western Hemisphere, and gives support to entrepreneurial music education programs. She worked for three years as a guest artist in one such program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, and created entrepreneurial music projects in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and abroad under the auspices of New England Conservatory’s Community Partnership Program and Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant, Yale’s Philip Francis Nelson Prize, and in coordination with the New Haven (CT) Public Schools. She has given master classes and recitals in Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and in many cities throughout the United States. Dr. Hunt has adjudicated the International Horn Competition of America, the Mid-South Horn Workshop Solo Workshop, and Illinois All-State auditions. Prior to her current position, Dr. Hunt spent five semesters on faculty at Illinois State University.
A passionate chamber musician, Dr. Hunt has appeared at performed at prestigious festivals including the Marlboro and Norfolk Festivals. A featured performer at Phoenix Chamber Music Festival, she also performed a chamber music recital at Carnegie Hall in 2017. She is a founding member of the award-winning quintet Andra Winds and the Cassatt Horn Trio. During her time working at Illinois State, she performed throughout the Midwest with both the Sonneries Wind Quintet and the ISU Faculty Brass Quintet, She is currently a member of the Logan Canyon Winds. Dr. Hunt can be heard on a recently-released album of Beethoven’s chamber works for winds on the Naxos label.
Dr. Hunt is a graduate of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Horn Performance from the New England Conservatory, a Master’s of Music in Horn Performance from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance 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. She performs on a Paxman 20MC and a Yamaha 863.