• Dennis Hourcade
  • May 31, 2021

GFO Young Artists 2021

Every summer young musicians are given the opportunity to perform with our professional orchestra. William Schatzkamer, one of the founders of the orchestra, and the first conductor and music director, started the tradition years ago and it continues today. While there is no formal competition, our music director receives recommendations from area music teachers, visits other competitions and reviews video recordings before selected the young artists who will perform.

Bradley Greathouse, French Horn

A local to the St. Louis area, Bradley Greathouse is a dedicated student, leader, and musician. Bradley was raised in St. Peters, Missouri, and graduated with honors from Fort Zumwalt East High School in 2018. Currently, Bradley is an honor student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Bradley is a member of the Upsilon Phi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, and he serves as President of the University’s collegiate chapter of The National Association for Music Education.

Bradley began his musical career studying with Mary Swartzwelder and is a current student of Jim Wehrman and Pat Mickey. After his graduation in the Spring of 2022, Bradley plans on attending graduate school to earn his master’s in music and eventually a doctorate, with a goal of teaching music at the college level.

As a performer, Bradley is principal horn in Truman State University’s top ensembles, the Wind Symphony I and the Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of other University ensembles including the Brass Choir, Horn Choir, and the new music group Uncommon Practice. Bradley was recently recognized outside the University when he received the 2nd place prize in The Missouri Symphony’s “Mostly Mozart Concerto Competition”.

Mr. Greathouse performed Concerto No. 2 for Horn and Orchestra by W. A. Mozart with the Gateway Festival Orchestra 7:30 PM, Saturday July 3, St Louis Music Park at Centene Community Ice Center.

Andrew Stahlman, Assistant Conductor

Andrew Stahlman was born in 1997 in Virginia Beach, VA and moved to Illinois in 2005. He has played trombone for 14 years. He graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with a degree in Music Performance with a current interest in orchestral conducting.

Every time he steps on a podium, Andrew gets the feeling that he belongs there. He feels that he can be more expressive and engage with the music while conducting rather than when playing within the ensemble.

Andrew has been studying conducting with GFO Music Director/Conductor Darwin Aquino this past year and will continue to learn with the orchestra this summer. His next step is graduate school.

Mr. Stahlman performed with the Gateway Festival Orchestra 7:30 PM, Sunday June 27, St Louis Music Park at Centene Community Ice Center.

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