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Biography

Horn

Jeff Garza is an acting member of the San Francisco Symphony horn section and is currently on a leave of absence from his position as principal horn of the San Antonio Symphony. During the summer festival season he is principal horn of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in San Luis Obispo, California. Jeff has previously held principal positions with the Houston Grand Opera and Utah Festival Opera and has served as guest principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony. He has also held fellowship positions with the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra.

Jeff has appeared as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in concertos by Mozart, Strauss, Telemann, Forster, Reger and Schumann and has been a featured artist at several music festivals, horn workshops and chamber music series throughout the United States including the Menlo School Summer Brass Institute, Chamber Music International, Concordia Chamber Players, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music where he studied with William VerMeulen and Roger Kaza. He is also an alumnus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts where he was awarded an Emerson Scholarship and the Young Artist Certificate, Interlochen Arts Academy’s highest artistic honor.