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Gregory Hustis

Adjunct Professor of Horn

Gregory Hustis, former principal horn (1976-2012) and principal horn emeritus (2012-14) of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is an active conductor, educator and advocate for the arts. He has taught horn for over 30 years at Southern Methodist University, where in 1995 he was presented the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award.

In addition to his presence at SMU, Hustis serves as director of both the Wind Ensemble and the University Orchestra at University of Texas at Dallas. He was also recently appointed music director of the Metropolitan Winds, a professional wind ensemble based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Hustis also serves as artistic director of the Music in the Mountains festival in Durango, Colo., a role he has maintained since 2007.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Mason Jones, Hustis has performed as a concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Abilene Philharmonic, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Florida West Coast Symphony (Sarasota), the Arkansas Symphony, the Latvian Chamber Orchestra, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra (Seattle), the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge), the Hamilton Philharmonic (Ontario), the Wichita Falls Symphony, and, on numerous occasions, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

As a clinician, chamber music player and recitalist, he has been a featured guest artist at the Sarasota Music Festival, Scotia Fest, Round Top, Orford (Québec), Bowdoin (Maine), National Repertory Orchestra, numerous International Horn Society workshops, the Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Lapplands Festspel (Sweden), the Brevard Music Festival (N.C.) and Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colo. Hustis has premiered and recorded many concertos for horn and orchestra, including Joseph Schwantner’s Beyond Autumn, a work commissioned by the International Horn Society. He also premiered and subsequently recorded concertos by Eric Ewazen, Simon Sargon, and Augusta Read Thomas.

Prior to joining the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, he appeared on many occasions with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and was, for four years, principal horn of the Hamilton Philharmonic in Ontario, Canada. He has performed and toured with Summit Brass, and in 1986 performed with Lorin Maazel and the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro.

Besides the scores of orchestral recordings he has made on RCA, Telarc, Hyperion, Dorian, Pro Arte and other labels as principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, Hustis can also be heard as a soloist and chamber music player on various other labels, including Crystal, Gasparo, Klavier, Centaur, Hester Park and Hyperion. He was active in Dallas’s commercial recording industry, where he played countless sessions for film, television and radio.

In addition to his wide-ranging performance schedule, Hustis has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, including those of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, the International Horn Society, the American Horn Competition, Voices of Change, the Blue Candlelight Series, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, and the Dallas Chamber Music Society, where he serves as vice-president. Hustis was also co-founder of TrumCor, a company that manufactures and distributes mutes for brass instruments all over the world.

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