Boston’s New England Conservatory has announced two additions to its horn faculty, effective with the 2015-16 academic year: RACHEL CHILDERS and MICHAEL WINTER. Both are members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s horn section. With their appointments, NEC now claims the entire BSO brass section as members of its studio faculty.

Rachel Childers occupies the BSO’s John R. II and Nancy S. Eustis Chair and is the first female member of the orchestra’s horn section. Prior to joining the BSO in 2011 she was acting assistant principal/utility horn at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Michigan and an artist’s diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Michael Winter, who occupies the BSO’s Elizabeth B. Storer Chair, joined the orchestra in 2012, having earlier served as acting principal horn in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, principal horn in the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and guest principal horn in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Southern California, Winter is a 2007 graduate of New England Conservatory. 

March 27, 2015