French Horn Lessons

Teaching with more than 20 years experience

pic-hilarie02From the “first” lesson to preparation for music careers, Hilarie’s passionate lessons provide a solid understanding of the fundamentals of horn playing.

Hilarie emphasizes commitment to correct breathing, flexible embouchures, practice techniques, phrasing, and musicality. She also provides a clear overview of the horn repertoire: etudes, orchestral excerpts, solo and chamber literature. There is also opportunity for performance through recitals.


Hilarie’s French Horn lessons are appropriate for any and all students including:

  • For the enjoyment of playing the French horn
  • For preparation for auditions: Music festivals/competitions, or College entrance auditions
  • Private instruction at the college level

Some of Hilarie’s past students have gone on to many accomplishments with the French Horn. Some include:

  • Participation in New York All-County, Area All-State, All-State Music Festivals
  • Travelling to Europe with American Musicians Abroad
  • Pursuing horn performance degrees/degrees in music at music conservatories and schools
  • Enhancing their joy of horn playing

Education & Experience


pic-frenchhorn011985 – Bachelor of Music degree, Performance degree on the French horn, University of Connecticut

Studied under the tutelage of William Nemeth (University of Connecticut), Daniel Culpepper, Paul Ingraham (Yale University, New York City Ballet Orchestra)

Performance Experience

Hudson Opera Theatre

2005 – Present
Aida, Carmen, Dialogue des Carmelites, Julius Caesar, La Traviata, Magic Flute, Mozart’s Requiem, Orpheus, Tosca, Brahms’s Requiem, Samson et Dalila, Faust, Norma, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Requiem and orchestral concerts

Windham Theatre Guild

Summer 2015
Into the Woods pit orchestra

Opera of the Highlands

2007 – 2010
La Boheme, Cavalleria Rusticana, Madame Butterfly, Pagliacci, Rigoletto

Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra

2000 – 2013

Classic Choral Society Orchestra

1998 – Present

Honolulu Symphony

Substitute 1992 – 1994

Symphonische Orchester Zürich

1991 – 1992

Yale Philharmonia

1988 – 1990

Wallingford Symphony Orchestra

1985 – 1989

Eastern Connecticut Symphony

1985 – 1987

And more……

Testimonials for French Horn

Your horn playing, of course, was stellar.