Wisconsin native, Sadie Glass, is currently a Fellow with the Orchestra Institute Napa Valley Fellowship Program where she plays horn in the Symphony Napa Valley. She also engages in outreach work at the Pacific Union College, Napa Valley Festival del Sole, Salvador Elementary, Justin-Siena High School, and Napa Regional Dance Company. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, she is passionate about the natural horn, teaching, and chamber music. Pursuing her strong interest in early music, Glass has studied and performed on the natural horn for over five years. She has performed works such as the Brahms Horn Trio, Mozart Horn Quintet, and Weber’s Concertino and worked with some of the most influential natural hornists including Hermann Baumann, Richard Seraphinoff, and Lowell Greer. Glass incorporates hand horn techniques into her private teaching to inspire a new generation of horn players to appreciate early music.
As a freelance musician, Glass played Fourth Horn with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Glass has also been a member of Sinfonia da Camera, Heartland Festival Orchestra, and the Prairie Ensemble.
Glass has been a featured performer as a soloist and with various horn quartets throughout the state. She won the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) concerto competition and was also invited back to her home town, Manitowoc, WI, to be the featured soloist with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble as part of their “Local Talent Series”. As a chamber musician, Glass was a featured performer with her horn quartet, Horns 4 S.A.L.E., in their performance with the UWSP Concert Band. She has performed with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Graduate Brass Quintet, Illinois Brass Quintet, and the UIUC Graduate Horn Quartet. As a member of the UIUC Graduate Horn Quartet, Glass won the quartet competition at the Midwest Horn Workshop in Oshkosh, WI.
Glass recently completed a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying horn performance with Bernhard Scully. While at Illinois, she was the horn teaching assistant, where she taught horn methods, directed the horn choir, and taught undergraduate horn lessons. Glass received her Bachelor’s degree in music performance from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, graduating summa cum laude.
In the 2013-2014 season, Glass will be returning to Wisconsin as a featured performer with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble. She will be joining a horn quartet of Wisconsin natives for the “Local Talent Series” to perform Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück.
Beyond horn playing, Glass enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Nathan Glass, and their mischievous Golden Retriever, Marley. They are all excited about moving across the country, and starting a new adventure in California.