School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Grammy winning hornist Marian Hesse, is Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. A member of the Grammy award winning Chestnut Brass Company, Ms. Hesse is a noted performer on the modern horn as well as historic brasses including the natural horn and the quinticlave.
In addition to more than a dozen recordings with the Chestnut Brass Company, she can
be heard on the soundtrack recording of Ken Burns’ The Civil War, the Mozart Orchestra recording of the Music of William Herschel and the Philadelphia Virtuosi recordings of the Music of George Antheil and the Music of Howard Hanson. Her latest recording, Todmorden 513, was digitally released in Fall 2013 with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Hesse is the author of the critically acclaimed Daily Routines for the Horn Player and Daily Routines for the Student Horn Player, both published by Mountain Peak Music. In demand as a clinician for horn players and chamber music, she has given presentations at institutions including Western Illinois University, Fresno State University, the Chautaqua Institute, Ohio State University and the University of Oregon.
She serves as the Secretary Treasurer of the International Horn Society, and on the Board of Directors of the International Horn Competition of America and is a member of the jury for the Jeju, Korea International Brass Competition.
Currently principal horn with ProMusica Colorado and the Boulder Bach Festival, Ms. Hesse has also performed as principal horn with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and recorded and performed as principal with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. A member of the Colorado Ballet and Colorado Opera, she often performs as an extra/substitute hornist with the Colorado Symphony.
A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Ms. Hesse has studied with Christopher Leuba, Jack Herrick and Paul Ingraham.