- B.M., Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Jeff Garza is principal horn of the San Antonio Symphony and the Britt Festival Orchestra. He has previously held principal positions with the Houston Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Festival Mozaic Orchestra, and has served as guest principal horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Garza has held fellowship positions with the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra. He regularly performs and tours with the San Francisco Symphony and was an acting member of the orchestra during the 2016-17 season.
Garza has appeared as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, the Britt Orchestra, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra and has been a featured artist at 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, Cactus Pear Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival. He is a core member of the Olmos Ensemble, a chamber music group made up of San Antonio Symphony principal musicians.
Garza earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and is 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. He is currently the Instructor of Horn at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.