Rodger Burnett is principal horn and personnel manager of both the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony. He has also been a member the Hong Kong Philharmonic and was principal horn of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. A graduate of Illinois State University and the University of Washington, he studied with Christopher Leuba, David Krehbiel, and Julie Landsman. As a student, he participated in the Aspen, Claremont and New College Music Festivals and was a finalist in the Heldenleben International Horn Competition.
Throughout his career, Mr. Burnett has performed regularly with the Seattle Symphony, 5th Avenue and Paramount Theaters, Bellingham Festival of Music, and Seattle Opera, with which he has performed all four tuba parts in Wagner’s Ring Cycle. As a member of the Northwoods Woodwind Quintet, Mr. Burnett performed hundreds of educational recitals throughout Washington State. He has been a featured chamber musician with the Second City Chamber Series, Jacobsen Recital Series, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Methow Music Festival, and Icicle Creek Festival. He has appeared as soloist with Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony.
Mr. Burnett has served on the on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound School of Music since 1987. His last appearance with the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was in 2010.
An avid cyclist, Mr. Burnett once rode cross-country from Los Angeles to Orlando in support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. He is also an intrepid traveler, kayaker, gardener, and nature photographer.
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