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Scott Fearing


Scott Fearing, hornist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, began his musical training with the piano and began to play the horn in sixth grade. His teachers included Clyde Miller at the University of North Texas as well as James London and Gregory Hustis of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Scott was appointed Fourth Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2003. He had previously played the Utility Horn position in the orchestra for 22 years. Scott came to the National Symphony after serving as Co-Principal Horn in the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Fearing has appeared as a soloist with the NSO horn section in Robert Schumann's “Konzertstück for Four Horns” and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Four-Horned Fandango.”

An active free-lancer, Mr. Fearing has performed with many of the musical organizations in the Washington DC area including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, the National Gallery Orchestra, the 20th Century Consort and the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra. He is on the faculty of the George Washington University as the adjunct professor of horn.

In addition to the Rostropovich and Slatkin recordings with the National Symphony, he can be heard on Handel’s “Water Music” and “Music for the Royal Fireworks” with the Chamber Soloists of Washington.  His solo performance of a re-discovered Mozart horn concerto with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra was broadcast nationally on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”. 

During the summer, he teaches at the MasterWorks Music Festival in Indiana, an organization that seeks to present the Christian message to its audiences and train the next generation of performers. Recently, the festival expanded to China and he has taught in Zhengzhou and performed with the Hunan Symphony in Changsha.

Mr. Fearing's hobbies include soccer, astronomy and photography. Some of his favorite photographs are of comets and his solar eclipse photographs of July 1991 have been published in the magazine, “Science Probe.”
Scott Fearing