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Laurel Bennert Ohlson

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Laurel Bennert Ohlson, Associate Principal Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1980, has appeared as a soloist with the NSO and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and in numerous other solo engagements across the U.S. and South America. Ohlson has been an active performer and teacher through the NSO’s Youth Fellowship Program, Summer Music Institute, and American Residencies. She has been a member of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra since 1992, and was a member of the Capitol Woodwind Quintet from 1986 until the group retired in 2013. Ohlson premiered Truman Harris’s Concertino for Horn and Chamber Orchestra with Eclipse in 1999 and recorded the Concertino for Naxos in 2006.

Ohlson has delighted both young and not-so-young audiences with her "History of the Horn" lecture/demonstrations in which she performs on at least 12 different horn-related instruments including the Alphorn, shofar, conch shell, natural horn, and the ever-popular garden hose. She has also presented Wagner tuba clinics and horn recitals at International Horn Society Symposiums and International Women's Brass Conferences. Ohlson has been on the Board of Directors of the IWBC since 1991, and is vice-president of that organization. A graduate of Boston University's School for the Arts, Ohlson majored in horn performance with a minor in mathematics.  Her primary teachers include Arthur Berv (principal horn, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini) and Charles Kavalovski (principal horn, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa).
Laurel Bennert Ohlson