Associate Professor, Horn
Angela DeBoer is the Associate Professor of horn at Middle Tennessee State University where she also teaches Music Theory and Brass Literature and Pedagogy. In addition to her work at MTSU, she is an active performer playing second horn with the Chattanooga Symphony and assistant principal horn with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. DeBoer appears regularly with the nationally acclaimed Nashville Symphony as well as performing with the Nashville Opera, the Nashville Ballet and maintaining a presence in the recording studios of Nashville. Additional creative activity will find her performing on the Baroque and Classical natural horns; instruments on which she presents lectures and masterclasses at workshops and schools around the country. DeBoer is also the co-coordinator of the MTSU music faculty concert series, the Stones River Chamber Players, and since 2011 has been on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.
Prior to her work in Tennessee, DeBoer was a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and worked with the Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Opera. She was also active in the freelance community in and around Chicago for many years, performing with the Milwaukee, Grant Park, Elgin, South Bend, Northwest Indiana, Duluth-Superior and Illinois Symphonies as well as with Symphony II, Chicago Sinfonietta, Millar Brass Ensemble, Chicago Opera Theatre and the Illinois and Fort Wayne Philharmonics. She also spent several seasons as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a group with which she also appeared as soloist. She has attended several competitive music festivals including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West. She was also a semi-finalist at the 2007 International Horn Competition of America.
DeBoer received her Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, studied in the Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music and received her Master of Music from Northwestern University. Her primary teachers include Gail Williams, David Krehbiel, Jerome Ashby and Jonathan Boen.
She has had the opportunity to work under the batons of many leading conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, Andre Previn and Pierre Boulez. She has also had numerous occasions to play the Wagner Tuba and has performed works by Bruckner, Janáček, Stravinsky, Wagner and Rouse on the instrument. In addition to her classical playing, DeBoer has recorded with jazz legend Clark Terry and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra; a project which earned a coveted five-star review from Downbeat magazine. Her recent experience has led to work with many internationally acclaimed artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Michael W. Smith, Gladys Knight and Ricky Scaggs.
In addition to her work at MTSU and in the music profession, DeBoer competes nationally in Three Day Eventing (horse triathlons) with her horse Christopher.
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