Internationally active horn soloist, chamber musician, and masterclass clinician, Andrew Pelletier enjoys solo playing, orchestral performance, and mentoring developing musicians. The First Prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition, he has appeared often as a Featured Artist at IHS Symposiums. A Lifetime member of the IHS and the British Horn Society, Andy has served the IHS as President (2018-2021), host/coordinator of IHS53 (2021), Advisory Council member, Coordinator of Scholarships and Competitions, member of the Digital E-Newsletter committee, and Ohio Area Representative.
Dedicated to new music and the collaboration between performer and composer, Andy has commissioned and premiered over fifty new works for the horn as a solo voice, by composers including Samuel Adler, David Crumb, Randall Faust, Katherine Likhuta, Anne McGinty, Roger Reynolds, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Kerry Turner.
As a chamber musician, Andy performs with Southwest Chamber Music in California, the Motor City Brass Quintet in Detroit, and others. As an orchestral performer, he is the principal horn of the Michigan Opera Theatre, and has performed as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, and Toledo Opera. He spent almost a decade as an active freelancer in Los Angeles and can be heard on film soundtracks and television movies.
His pedagogical articles have been published by the IHS, the Norwegian Horn Society, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and the New York Brass Conference. He holds a BM degree from the University of Southern Maine, and MM and DMA degrees from the University of Southern California, studying with James Decker, John Boden, David Jolley, trumpeter Roy Poper, Michael Thompson, and Gail Williams.
Andy has been Professor of Horn of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio, since 2004, where he also serves as the Coordinator of the Brass Area. He was named a Professor of Creative Arts Excellence at BGSU in 2020. Andy plays exclusively on horns by Paxman of London, and mouthpieces by PHC London.