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Haley Hoops

Adjunct Associate Professor of Horn

Haley Hoops began her career as fourth horn player with the Ann Arbor and Lansing Symphony Orchestras while she was working on her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan. After graduation, Hoops moved to Evanston, Ill. to pursue a Master of Music degree at Northwestern University with Professor Gail Williams.  Two years after graduation, she was named second horn player of both the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Richmond, Va.  Five months in at Richmond, Hoops won her current position as second horn of the Dallas Symphony, where she has been since 1999.


Hoops is also a teacher. She has been instructing horn students at Southern Methodist University since 2001 and was recently promoted to the position of adjunct associate professor of horn, with her own assigned horn studio. She has been a guest clinician at several middle schools, high schools and universities throughout the United States. She also keeps a small private horn studio at her home where she assists horn players ages 12 and up.


Since 2001, Hoops has played during the summer season with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyo.


Wishing to expand her performing abilities as a soloist in 2013, Hoops competed in and won the 2013 International Horn Competition of America.  The competition brought her national attention and new invitations to perform and teach. She has since been a guest artist and clinician at the 2015 Mid-South Horn Workshop in Oklahoma, where she and other female horn players, Gail Williams and Julie Landsman, were featured. That year, she was also invited to the Southeast Horn Workshop at Vanderbilt University where she was featured with Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Horn Andrew Bain. In 2016, she received an invitation to perform with the Grammy Award-winning British pop star Adele on her tour stop in Dallas. In 2018, Hoops was asked to join the chamber orchestra of the Mainly Mozart Music Festival in San Diego, where she will return in 2019.


In her spare time, Hoops enjoys competing in sprint triathlons, playing with her two vizsla dogs, playing golf and entertaining friends and family at her Dallas home.


M.M., Northwestern University; B.M.A., University of Michigan


FRHN 3100 and FRHN 3200 (undergraduate), private study: French Horn

FRHN 6100 and FRHN 6200 (graduate), private study: French Horn


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