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Michael Gast | Horn Master Class

February 22, 2021 - 3:30pm

Please email Dinsmith@umn.edu to request Zoom link. 

Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra Michael Gast will appear in a virtual master class on Feb. 22 at 3:30 pm. Michael Gast joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1990 and was appointed principal horn in 2004. 

Gast has served as principal horn in the orchestras of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera and Festival L’Aquila Opera, among others, and as guest principal with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his solo roles with the Minnesota Orchestra, he has performed solos with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Miami Chamber Orchestra, Sunriver Music Festival, Winters Chamber Orchestra, Musical Offerings (San Antonio) and Texas Bach Choir, and at International Horn Society Workshops. In 2007 he was a soloist in Schumann’s Konzertstück at the Sunriver Music Festival with the festival’s resident orchestra.

Gast began playing the horn at the age of 15 in Tallahassee, Florida. He studied with William Capps at Florida State University and with Mason Jones at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he earned a bachelor of music degree and was a finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. He next headed the horn section of the Jacksonville Symphony and then became assistant principal horn of the San Antonio Symphony. Michael presents master classes at colleges and conservatories worldwide and maintains a private studio. Among his personal interests is scuba diving. He is married to violinist Joan Christenson.

Please email Dinsmith@umn.edu to request Zoom link.