Faculty - Hero - Roberts
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Bruce Roberts



  • Private Lessons
  • Horn Class
  • Brass Chamber Music


  • San Francisco Symphony, Associate Principal, 1988-Present
  • The Bay Brass, 1994–Present


  • Multiple Grammy Awards as a member of the San Francisco Symphony

What is your hometown?

Solana Beach, CA

What is your favorite recording?

R. Strauss: Four Last Songs (1st Recording).

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Building French Horns.

Who were your major teachers?

Fred Fox, Wendell Hoss, and Ralph Pyle.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“If you can't play it in context, simplify it to the point that you can play it multiple times.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“What are my chances to become a pro?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Hearing the San Diego Symphony when I was 16.

What was a turning point in your career?

Getting my first job in the Mexico City Philharmonic.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Probably a machinist or engineer.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Mahler, R. Strauss, and Prokofiev.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Vienna, 1790–1830.

What are your most important collaborations?

San Francisco Symphony: Mahler Symphonies
Two Bay Brass CDs: Sound the Bells and A Brass and Organ Christmas

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Darby Hinshaw (San Diego Symphony), Andrew Warfield (Pacific Symphony), and Meredith Brown (Symphony Silicon Valley).

What recordings can we hear you on?

Nearly all recordings since 1988 with the San Francisco Symphony, and two recordings with the Bay Brass.

What is your unrealized project?

Building a new horn design that becomes a household name.