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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
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Pacific Symphony Names Two New Musicians: Joining the Orchestra’s Ranks are Joshua Paulus as Third Horn and Assistant Principal and Andrew Warfield as Fourth Horn

Orange County, Calif. — December 05, 2016

Pacific Symphony’s French horn section is looking especially golden this season with the addition of two new horn players. Joining the orchestra’s brass section is Joshua Paulus, the newly appointed third horn and assistant principal horn, and Andrew Warfield as fourth horn. A man on the move, Paulus currently splits his time between the sunny beaches of Orange County and the idyllic landscape of the Pacific Northwest as a first-call Seattle-area freelancer. Before moving to California, Warfield, a native of Tennessee, was an active freelancer in the Nashville area, having played with the Nashville Symphony and in the Nashville recording studios. Both began their new roles with the Symphony this fall.

Equally at home on the recital stage or in the concert hall, Paulus has been performing all over the United States and Europe for the last decade—before landing in Orange County.

“I was ecstatic to win a position with Pacific Symphony,” enthuses Paulus. “The orchestra has a wonderful reputation and I was very happy to secure work after recently taking a sabbatical from the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans, where I’d been playing since 2011, to follow my girlfriend to Seattle for her new job.”

In addition to his cross-continental orchestral work, Paulus has held or still holds positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. He is also an in-demand substitute horn player, which has offered him the opportunity to perform with many other orchestras across the country, such as the Seattle Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Colorado Symphony and the New World Symphony, to name a few. But Pacific Symphony in Orange County is where he decided to call home. It’s a place that serves as a bridge to both his professional career and his personal life.

 “I was very interested in joining Pacific Symphony for several reasons—the high level of music-making, the schedule and the location, which allows me to consolidate my travel; plus, the specific position that I auditioned for—assistant principal and third horn—will offer me a nice variety of opportunities with the many different concert offerings.”

Paulus received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Dayton. From 2013-2016, he served as instructor of horn at Loyola University of New Orleans while in residence there, and also actively maintained a private teaching studio on the side. Following his studies, Paulus was a featured presenter at the 2009 International Horn Symposium and his thesis work was subsequently published as a full-length article in the October 2009 issue of the Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society. He has always been an enthusiastic soloist, clinician and chamber musician and has participated in festivals and competitions on both sides of the Atlantic.

“This is an exciting new chapter in my career and I’m looking forward to being part of the musical fabric of Orange County and all of Southern California,” says Paulus. “There are so many incredible musicians located here and so many different musical outlets for expression— symphony, opera, recording sessions, film scores, collaborations with vocal artists, new and contemporary music, etc., and I am excited to join such a thriving community of artists.”

Among those in the thriving community of artists is Warfield, the orchestra’s new fourth horn, who says he moved to San Francisco from Tennessee about a year ago for school. He adds, “I have loved living in California. I knew I wanted to stay here. When the audition for Pacific Symphony was posted, several friends told me that the orchestra was phenomenal and it would be a great place to play. It seemed like a perfect fit for what I was looking for.”

Warfield auditioned—and won his role as fourth horn—but he didn’t take his success lightly. “It felt unreal,” he says. “I was so stunned when they called my name, it took a couple hours for it sink in.”

Warfield received his Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University, with further studies at the Peabody Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory, where he was a recent graduate student. His professional experience includes performances with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Washington Chamber Orchestra, Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Sinfonietta. In addition to orchestral playing, Warfield enjoys any opportunity to play chamber music. He has performed woodwind quintet and contemporary chamber music in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2012. He also participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar under the direction of Jaime Laredo, playing chamber music and classical-era orchestral music at Carnegie Hall in 2015. Warfield is looking forward to the continued variety of music the new job offers.

“We play great repertoire here at Pacific Symphony, and we have the opportunity to play in a beautiful, top-notch concert hall,” he says. “I’m excited to learn everything I can, and to be a positive addition to the orchestra and the community.”