Jamie Sanborn

Horn

Hometown: Wichita, KS
Alma maters: University of Kansas, B.M.; University of Texas at Austin, M.M.
Awards/Competitions: 3rd Place, 2006 National MTNA Solo Brass Competition; Finalist, 2013 National MTNA Solo Brass Competition; Finalist, 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition
Appearances: Topeka Symphony, Assistant/Utility, 2012-2013; Eutiner Festspiele Opera Orchestra, Germany, 2011; Roundtop Music Festival, 2012; Hot Springs Music Festival, 2013; Colorado College Music Festival, 2014; Aspen Music Festival, 2014; Youth Orchestra of The Americas Festival Orchestra, 2015; Banff Centre, 2016; Sarasota Music Festival, 2017
Musical origins: Growing up I fell in love with music from watching Disney’s Fantasia on repeat. My heart was set on playing the flute but then my mother showed me a picture of a french horn and the flute never crossed my mind again. It was love at first sight.
Favorite piece to play: This is hard but probably Brahms’s Horn Trio, Op. 40, was the first piece I played that moved me to tears.
Favorite obscure piece: Philip Glass’ Glassworks
Favorite musical memory: Playing Mahler’s 3rd Symphony in Aspen with John Zirbel, principal horn of the Montreal Symphony. I can only hope to one day have a sound that’s half as beautiful as his.
Favorite fact about your instrument: I’ve heard many people complain about the sounds of other instruments but never the horn. It’s the best.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: That it is a vital and crucial part of our society and culture. Music and the arts are often getting pushed aside in the education system because people don’t see the benefits first-hand. But I have worked with children in Africa, Chicago, Texas, Kansas, and will soon be traveling to Haiti, and I have seen music make a difference in these children’s lives. It gives them hope for a better tomorrow, teaches them how to express themselves and their emotions, allows them a place to escape, builds their confidence, and teaches them how to be part of a group despite language, religion, or skin color. Music is not just for enjoyment but can also be used as a tool for social change.
Favorite non-classical musician: Right now, Jill Barber
Musical guilty pleasure: Blasting Lady Gaga in the car
Proudest accomplishment: Every smile my students have made making or learning music.
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Yoga
Favorite book: Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Be hungry, stay hungry

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