On September 1, 2013, Lauren Hunt '13MM was awarded first prize at the 2013 International Horn Competition of the Americas, University Division. The contest was held at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
The competition, originally started in 1976, is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the development and appreciation of the artistry of horn playing. The musicians perform three rounds of solo selections spanning the gamut of literature required of a horn soloist.
Typically, the first round includes the first movement of a Mozart Concerto and a one-movement work. In the second round, the contestant perform one unaccompanied work and one accompanied modern work. The final round is the performance of a complete concerto. The competition, which is held every two years, includes both Professional and University divisions.
Ms. Hunt has toured ten countries as the principal horn of numerous international youth orchestras. Previously a fellow of Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, she is a guest teaching artist for NEOJIBA, an El Sistema program in Brazil. Ms. Hunt holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and is currently working towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Georgia. Her principal teachers include Bill Purvis, Jean Martin-Williams, and Dick Mackey. While at Yale, she was awarded the Philip Nelson Prize and held the Alec Templeton Scholarship.