James Ferree

principal horn

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Residence: Richmond, VA



Member since: 2012



Education: The Julliard School

James Ferree, native of Atlanta, GA, recently joined the Richmond Symphony as Principal Horn in January 2012, coming here via the New World Symphony in Miami under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Ferree received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School in NYC, teachers including William Purvis, Jerome Ashby, and German soloist Hermann Baumann. Solo appearances include Messiaen's Des Canyons aux Ètoiles at Juilliard and Glière's Horn Concerto with the New World Symphony, where the South Florida Classical Review wrote, "[Ferree] displayed a mastery of the instrument that allowed him to paint all the moods....throaty, golden sounds...." Ferree has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the former Charleston Symphony, as well as the festivals at Verbier, Tanglewood and Spoleto USA, and can be heard alongside the American Brass Quintet on their 50th Anniversary album. Also a composer, his Sonata on its Knees for horn and piano was premeired by American solo artist David Jolley. Aside from music, James is an avid Atlanta Braves fan, and enjoys playing soccer and running, drinking sweet tea, and being active at his church.