Katy Ambrose, Horn

The Johanna & Derwood Chase and Chase Investment Council Corporation Chair

Soloist in the Symphony’s November 16 & 17, 2019 concerts


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 joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia and was appointed Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony in Fall 2015. She also holds the position of fourth horn of the Delaware Symphony. Ambrose earned an Artist Diploma from Yale University, a 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. She is currently working on her dissertation to complete the Doctor of Musical Arts at Temple University.

Katy is active with the Boulanger Initiative, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC that promotes music by women through performance, education and commissions. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has commissioned and performed world premieres of pieces by Rene Orth, Sarah DuBois, Rachel Devorah Wood Trapp, Lucy Pankhurst, Katherine McMichael and James Territo. She commissioned and performed the world premiere of Scott Boerma’s Isle of Skye at the 2012 Edinburgh Easter Festival.

She has performed with many orchestras throughout the country, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hawai’i Opera Theater, Chamber Music Honolulu, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Symphony, Vermont Symphony and the New Haven Symphony. Outside of the classical setting, Ambrose has played for Adele, Cee Lo Green, Andrea Bocelli, and as a recording artist for NFL Studios.

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! Katy is a member of Izula Horns, a quartet of horn players from the Washington, DC area that is dedicated to blending high quality performance with immersive community engagement.

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