Dana Cullen

4th/Utility Horn

Dana Cullen, born in Reading, Pennsylvania, began piano lessons at the age of 4 and horn lessons at the age of dana-cullen-pic-250-x-2509. At age 17, she performed Gliere’s Horn Concerto with the Reading Symphony Orchestra as first-place winner of their concerto competition. She did her undergraduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, graduating in 2015. Her principal teachers there were Jennifer Montone, principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Jeffrey Lang, associate principal. She then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree at Rice University, studying with William VerMeulen, principal horn of the Houston Symphony.

Dana has played with numerous orchestras; subbing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, and Charleston Symphony. While studying at Curtis, she performed the Penderecki Sextet for String Trio, Clarinet, Horn, and Piano, with renowned violist and president of Curtis, Roberto Diaz. She was also coached by Krzysztof Penderecki himself and performed his piece at Carnegie Hall.

Born into a musical family, Dana has recorded on several of her mother’s albums, including “Mesa Verde Soundscapes” and “Zion and Bryce National Park Soundscapes,” as well as on One Alternative’s latest album, “Air Sculpture.”

Dana has been to numerous summer festivals and performed in many countries such as Italy, Germany, China, Japan, and Korea. Her summer festivals include Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Pacific Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

In addition to music, Dana enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.