Assistant Professor, Horn
Assistant Professor of Horn at Middle Tennessee State University, Angela DeBoer is also active in the musical scene in and around Nashville having performed with the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Bowling Green (KY) Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville (AL) Symphony and the Nashville Opera as well as recording in the studios around Nashville. DeBoer is also an active chamber musician, performing chamber music as a member of the Stones River Chamber Players and the MTSU Faculty Brass and Woodwind Quintets including performances on the program "Live in Studio C" on Nashville Public Radio.
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 ensembles such as the Milwaukee, Grant Park, Elgin, South Bend, Northwest Indiana, Duluth-Superior and Illinois Symphonies as well as with, 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 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 Jonathan Boen, Gail Williams, David Krehbiel and Jerome Ashby.
She has been an active teacher, serving in the faculty of the Barthelmes Conservatory on Tulsa as well as maintaining a private studio in the Chicago area for several years. She taught lessons as a graduate assistant at Northwestern University and has presented masterclasses, instructional chamber music and solo performances in the public schools of Illinois, New York and Minnesota as well as in the City Colleges of Chicago and at the Amadeus Piano Festival.
DeBoer 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, 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.
A native of Minnesota, DeBoer is a horse lover and enjoys all types of horse related disciplines, but none more than cross-country jumping (though she has yet to play the hunting horn while riding!). She enjoys many diverse activities including mountain biking in Colorado, camping in Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota and has run in the Chicago Marathon.
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