Jay Wadenpfuhl joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1981, and occupied the John P. II and Nancy S. Eustis chair. He taught at New England Conservatory from 1987 until his death in 2010.
Wadenpfuhl was a professional horn player from age 15, when he was with the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra and the Beaumont Civic Opera. Prior to joining the BSO, he was a member of the U.S. Army Band, the Florida Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Wadenpfuhl composed works for horn and was also a composer/lyricist of popular and jazz songs. He recorded two albums with the NFB Horn Quartet, one in memory of John Barrows, which includes his composition, Tectonica, for eight horns and percussion, and one with horn player Barry Tuckwell, which includes Gunther Schuller’s Five Pieces for Five Horns and his own quartet Textures. He has toured Japan with the Michel LeGrand Jazz Orchestra, and has toured and recorded with Chuck Mangione, appearing on Live at the Hollywood Bowl and Tarantella. In 1989, he performed the world premiere of McKinley’s Huntington Horn Concerto with John Williams and the Boston Pops.
B.M., M.M., University of Wisconsin/Madison; doctoral studies at North Texas State University. Studies with John Barrows, Philip Farkas. Recordings on Crystal, GunMar. Also faculty of Boston University.