Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “spectacular” and “graceful” musician, Katy Ambrose has made a name for herself as an educator and chamber and orchestral musician. She was appointed to the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia and Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony in the summer of 2015. She also holds the position of fourth horn of the Delaware Symphony, second horn in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and fourth horn in the Philly Pops!. Ambrose earned an Artist Diploma from Yale University. She received her Masters degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She was the recipient of the prestigious William D. Revelli Award at the University of Michigan and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship at Yale.
Ambrose is the horn player in Seraph Brass, a quintet of women committed to creating innovative and inspiring opportunities that will help establish a new generation of chamber music. As a soloist, she gave her international debut in 2012 at the Edinburgh Easter Festival performing the world premiere of Scott Boerma’s Isle of Skye. She has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hawaii Opera Theater, Chamber Music Honolulu, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Symphony, Vermont Symphony and the New Haven Symphony. She is spending the summer of 2015 performing opera and chamber music in Austria. Outside of the classical setting, Ambrose played for Cee Lo Green’s Grammy-winning album, The Lady Killers, and can be heard during the Super Bowl and Monday Night Football as a recording artist for NFL Studios.
Ambrose has previously served on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artists Summer Program and has taught at Yale University, Drexel University, Settlement Music School and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Katy is especially interested in mentoring younger musicians and has taught for and developed programs and curriculum for several education programs including the Philadelphia Orchestra School Partnership Program, Delaware Symphony school program and the “El-Sistema” inspired programs Tune-Up, Philly and Play On, Philly!