Position: Professor (horn)
Address: 1058 Moore Musical Arts Center
Andrew Pelletier is a very active and respected horn soloist, Grammy-award winning chamber musician, sought-after teacher/mentor, and President of the International Horn Society. John Henken of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “gleaming, handsome playing. Pelletier is a soloist who seems capable of anything on his instrument.” Fanfare Magazine called him “Phenomenal…undeniably in tune with what he plays” and the American Record Guide has praised his “full sound and playing with authority and imagination.” The First Prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition (America’s only internationally recognized competition for the horn), he has appeared as a soloist at the International Horn Society Annual Symposia in 1997, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He is in regular demand for artistic residencies and clinics at universities and music schools and his solo tours have taken him to 30 US states, Australia, Brazil,
Canada, England, and Mexico.
Dedicated to new music and the collaboration between performer and composer, he has commissioned and premiered over 30 new works for the horn as a solo voice, by such noted composers as Samuel Adler, Meredith Brammeier, Carson Cooman, David Crumb, Fernando Deddos, Christopher Dietz, Randall Faust, David Gillingham, Joseph Landers, Anne McGinty,
Roger Reynolds, Corey Ryan, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Kerry Turner.
An active chamber musician, he performs with Southwest Chamber Music in California (with whom he won the 2005 Grammy award for Best Classical Recording, Small Ensemble), the Motor City Brass Quintet in Detroit and has performed with the Empire Brass Quintet, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, Detroit. As
an orchestral performer, he is the principal horn of the Michigan Opera Theatre at the historic Detroit Opera House and has performed as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (under Music Director Gustavo Dudamel), the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and the Windsor (Canada) Symphony. He is the former principal horn for the Ann Arbor Symphony,
Santa Barbara Symphony, Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Long Beach Camerata, Maine Chamber Ensemble and Portland (Maine) Ballet. He has also performed with the New West Symphony, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He spent almost a decade as an active free-lance performer in Los Angeles and can be heard on film soundtracks as Battle:
Los Angeles, Your Highness, Lethal Weapon 4, The X-Men, Frequency and TV movies for Lifetime TV and the SiFi Channel.
He is a Lifetime member of the International Horn Society and the British Horn Society. He has served the International Horn Society is a variety of ways over the years: Advisory Council member, Coordinator of Scholarship Programs, member of the Digital E-Newsletter committee, and Ohio Regional Coordinator. His pedagogical articles have been published by
the International Horn Society, the Norwegian Horn Society, the New England Horn Society,
the Texas Bandmaster’s Association and the New York Brass Conference. He holds a B.M. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Southern Maine, and an M.M. and the D.M.A (voted Outstanding Graduate of the Class for both degrees) from the University of
Southern California. His primary mentor was James Decker, with additional studies with John Boden, David Jolley, trumpeter Roy Poper, Michael Thompson and Gail Williams. He has recorded for MSR Classics, Cambria Master Classics, Koch International and Delos labels. Since 2004, Pelletier is very proud to serve as the Professor of Horn of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio.