Michael Buckwalter

French horn faculty, Chamber Music coach
French Horn
Program Area: 
Group Lessons
Chamber Music
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

studies at the San Francisco Conservatory and Northwestern University

Significant teachers and mentors: 

David Krehbiel (SF Sym.) Dale Clevenger (CSO) Norman Schweikert (CSO)

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

making great music, whatever the style, is the most satisfying and demanding pursuit—endlessly challenging and rewarding

Awards and achievements: 

Michael Buckwalter has professional experience both as a player and teacher and has had teaching experience over 10 years.  He has had private lessons with CSO and other top players and teachers and also master classes, both as a participant and an observer. Performances include studio demos, MIC faculty recitals, regional and international performances. He was also a national speaker and clinician at the 2013 International Horn Society Symposium.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Principal horn, Ars Viva Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony, Woodstock Mozart Festival; member, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Too Hot To Handel; extra (Wagner tuba) with Indianapolis and Milwaukee Symphonies; various freelance performances with the New Philharmonic, Highland Park Strings, Chicagoland Pops, University of Chicago and others.

Interests outside of music: 

walking, visiting brewpubs, cooking—all with my wonderful wife

Favorite quote: 

"There are only two kinds of music—good and bad" (Duke Ellington)

Favorite practice tip: 

Always begin with the rhythm of the music—it's the most important element of any music on the planet

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

usually, whatever I'm playing at the moment

Favorite musical moment: 

far too numerous to list