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Randy Gardner's Mastering the Horn's Low Register

Randy Gardner's Mastering the Horn's Low Register

Randy C. Gardner is Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds and Percussion Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to this appointment, he was Second Hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for twenty-two years under music directors Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

He has served on the faculties of Indiana and Temple Universities, and his students have gone on to performance and teaching careers throughout the United States and at a variety of international venues.

Before beginning his performance career with the Miami Philharmonic, Gardner earned his Bachelor of Music Degree With Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, where he was a student of Philip Farkas, in whose memory he co-produced, and performed for, the Summit Records CD: Shared Reflections, The Legacy of Philip Farkas. He has performed and presented masterclasses at numerous institutions, as well as at regional and international workshops of the International Horn Society, for which he has served on the Advisory Council. He is an active chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral hornist. The composer of an unaccompanied horn solo, WHY?!, he has also published articles in professional journals.

Outside of music, Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and their three sons. His interests include fishing and camping, sports, reading, church/community activism, and short wave radio listening.


Photo taken by Laura Lawson.

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