Katy Ambrose

HORN

Music has real power to provide a single global language. It speaks to people across different cultures and array of circumstances. I think that it should be the goal of every 21st century musician to give back to this global language in some way. My projects try to focus on the positive impact that music can have on all people, regardless of their gender, race, language, education and means.

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."  - Hunter S. Thompson

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."  - Hunter S. Thompson

Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “spectacular” and “graceful” musician, Katy Ambrose has made a name for herself as an educator, chamber and orchestral musician. She joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia and Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony in Fall 2015. She also holds the position of fourth horn of the Delaware Symphony, second horn in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and previously acting Assistant/Utility horn in the Albany Symphony and fourth horn in the Philly Pops!. Ambrose earned an Artist Diploma from Yale University,a Masters degree from the Cincinnati-Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan.  She was the recipient of the prestigious William D. Revelli Award at University of Michigan and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship at Yale.  

Katy is the horn player and founding member of Seraph Brass, an ensemble of women committed to creating innovative and inspiring opportunities that seek to establish a new generation of brass chamber music and musicians. She gave her international debut in 2012 at the Edinburgh Easter Festival performing the world premiere of Scott Boerma’s "Isle of Skye." As an orchestral musician Katy has performed substitute horn in many ensembles 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 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 for 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!