Robert Danforth



The Robert L. Mann and Family Chair

Joined the ISO: June 1990
Primary musical studies: College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati
Teachers included: Dale Clevenger, Michael Hatfield, Charles Weaver, Lowell Greer and Arnold Jacobs.

Prior to winning the audition for ISO Principal Horn, Rob was principal for the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. He has held co-principal or associate principal positions with the Toledo and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. ISO audience members may remember his first being in the spotlight when he was prominently featured as our “sub” principal during the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto with Antonio Meneses soloing and Jiri Belohlavek on the podium. Rob is adjunct associate professor of Music at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He has been a performer and lecturer at the 2003 and 2009 International Horn Symposiums. His horn is a Conn Schmidt Model made in the 1930s.

Rob was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in St. Clair Shores, a suburb of Detroit. He and his wife Coral have four children: Libby, Madeline, Katie and Andrew. Rob loves being involved in his children’s activities. He served as a Cub Scout Den Leader for five years, and is now involved with son Andrew in Boy Scout Troop 133. He enjoys swimming, mountain biking, reading and camping and says, “I am a lifetime Weight Watchers member, having lost 70 pounds in 2009!”


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