In efforts to build the ensemble up to 90 tenured players, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has been able to fill some major vacancies recently, including two slots in the brass section. First, the Principal Trumpet seat will be filled by Robert Sullivan, a familiar face to Cincinnati as he was Principal from 2008 to 2013. Since his first leave, Sullivan has been Professor of Trumpet at Northwestern University and will officially rejoin Cincinnati in July 2018 – though, expect to see him on a few on concerts this upcoming season.
The other position filled in Cincinnati’s brass section was Assistant Principal Horn. Patrick Hodge won this audition in November 2016, and just completed his graduate studies at Colburn Conservatory where he studied with Andrew Bain, Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Hodge received his undergraduate degree from the Juilliard School where he was a student of Julie Landsman, former Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.