A native of Eugene, Oregon, Seth Horner has served as Principal Tuba of the North Carolina Symphony since 2017. Previously, he was Acting Principal Tuba of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 19, he served a one-year position as Principal Tuba of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, and he has held positions as Principal Tuba of the West Virginia Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
Horner has held faculty appointments teaching tuba and euphonium at Towson University and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He has served as a faculty member for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America as well as Carnegie’s NYO2. In addition, he has taught at Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute in Kingston, Pennsylvania, the University of Oregon, and Ithaca College.
Horner attended the Peabody Institute and was an honors graduate of the University of Oregon and valedictorian of his class at the Curtis Institute of Music.