Principal Horn, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Wallace Easter, a western New York native, began study of the horn at age nine and received early instruction from Lowell Shaw, hornist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and noted composer of music for the horn. While attending the Oberlin Conservatory of Music he studied under Robert Fries who came to Oberlin from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Easter’s graduate work at the Catholic University of America included horn study with Joseph Singer of the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Easter began his professional performing career with the United States Marine Band , “The President’s Own” in Washington, D. C.. As a member of the Marine Band, he toured the United States and performed frequently at the White House.
In 1981, Mr. Easter joined the faculty of the Music Department at Virginia Tech and the Roanoke Symphony as principal horn. His academic duties at Tech include teaching the horn studio, the University Horn Ensemble and music theory. Mr. Easter has been a featured soloist with orchestras in the mid Atlantic region and has also performed in recital and at professional conferences and music festivals in the United States, Europe and Africa. He has served as host for regional horn workshops at Virginia Tech. Other professional activities include residencies as artist/faculty for the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, Skyline Brass Music Festival, Roanoke Youth Symphony Summer Institute and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He is frequently asked to give master class presentations at music schools and festivals.