Jeff Garza

Jeff Garza was recently appointed Principal Horn of the Oregon Symphony, a position he will assume in September 2020. He is currently Principal Horn of the San Antonio Symphony and the Britt Festival Orchestra and is the Artistic Director of Olmos Ensemble. Jeff has previously held principal positions with the Houston Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Festival Mozaic Orchestra, and has served as guest principal horn in dozens of orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony. Jeff has held fellowship positions with the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra. Jeff regularly performs and tours with the San Francisco Symphony and was an acting member of the orchestra during the 2016-17 season. In 2019, he participated in the live concert film “S&M2: Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony” which was screened in movie theaters worldwide.

Jeff has appeared as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra and has been a featured artist at music festivals, horn workshops and chamber music series throughout the United States including the Menlo School Summer Brass Institute, Chamber Music International, Concordia Chamber Players, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival. He is Artistic Director and a core member of the Olmos Ensemble, a chamber music group made up of San Antonio Symphony principal musicians.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and is an alumnus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts where he was awarded an Emerson Scholarship and the Young Artist Certificate, Interlochen Arts Academy’s highest artistic honor.

Jeff teaches privately at his home studio and has served on the faculty at Brevard Music Center, St. Mary’s University and Trinity University.