Jeff Garza is on leave from the principal horn position of the San Antonio Symphony. He has been a featured guest artist with orchestras and chamber music series throughout the United States and abroad. During the summer season, he is principal horn of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in San Luis Obispo, California. Jeff has previously held principal positions with the Houston Grand Opera and Utah Festival Opera and has served as guest principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Jeff served as principal horn during the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2007 Central European tour and has toured the United States and Europe with the San Francisco Symphony. Past engagements also include positions with the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra.
Jeff performs regularly with most of the leading chamber groups in South Texas including the Olmos Ensemble, Camerata San Antonio, SOLI Ensemble, Musical Bridges, and the Cactus Pear Music Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in concertos by Mozart, Strauss, Telemann, Forster, Reger and Schumann. Jeff has been a featured artist at several 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, the Southwest Horn Convention, the Mid-South US Horn Workshop and the Texas Music Festival.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he studied with William VerMeulen and Roger Kaza. He is also 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 is adjunct professor of horn at Trinity University and St. Mary’s University.