Cathryn Cummings, Horn and Winds and Brass Chamber Music Coordinator
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Cathryn Cummings

winds and brass chamber music coordinator and horn faculty

Cathryn Cummings, Horn and Winds and Brass Chamber Music Coordinator

Cathryn "Cay" Cummings is a dynamic musician who is passionate about bringing music and the arts to the public. She served for ten years in the United States Navy Music Program, during which she performed at hundreds of military ceremonies, including those for presidents and international dignitaries. Public performances with the Navy Band include appearances with the Boston Pops, at Fenway Park, and Yankee Stadium, and on the "Today" show.

A staunch advocate for new music, Cummings is Principal Horn with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO), an organization dedicated to presenting new and non-standard repertoire for chamber orchestra and smaller ensembles. Equally committed to standard orchestral repertoire, she has held the positions of Principal Horn and Second Horn with the Albany (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with numerous other regional orchestras including the Albany (N.Y.), Connecticut Virtuosi, Greater Bridgeport, Hartford, Jacksonville, and New Bedford Symphonies.

Cummings has performed as a soloist in Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, and Connecticut. Her most recent solo appearances include performances of Rheinhold Glière’s Horn Concerto with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra in Lake Jackson, Texas, and a lecture/recital focusing on transcriptions for the horn at The Hartt School.

A dedicated music educator, Cummings is on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island and The Hartt School Community Division. She has maintained a private studio of middle school, high school, and adult amateur horn players for more than twenty years.

As an arts administrator, Cummings serves as HICO’s Executive Director and is the Managing Director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island.

Cummings is currently a working on her dissertation to complete her Doctor of Musical Arts at The Hartt School, where she studied with David Wakefield. She also received her master’s degree from The Hartt School. Cummings earned a Master of Science in Arts Administration and her bachelor’s in horn performance from Boston University, where she studied with Eric Ruske and Jay Wadenpfuhl. Prior to that, Cathryn studied with Wayne Barrington at The University of Texas at Austin.

Cummings resides in Hartford, Connecticut with her husband and their two adorable dogs.