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  1. Faculty

Jonathan Ring



  • Applied Lessons
  • Horn Class


  • BM, Northwestern University


  • San Francisco Symphony, 1991–Present
  • The Bay Brass


  • Nominated, Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance, 2011

What is your hometown?

Springfield, MA

What is your favorite recording?

Return to Forever: Romantic Warrior

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Hiking and nature.

Who were your major teachers?

Dale Clevenger, Robert Fries, and Jerry Peel.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.”

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

“How do I know how good ‘good’ is?”

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

Never had one. I just always enjoyed playing and seemed to be good at it.

What was a turning point in your career?

Getting the San Francisco Symphony job.

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

Recording engineer.

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

Mahler, Strauss, and Mozart.

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

Turn of the century Vienna.

What are your most important collaborations?

The Bay Brass, San Francisco Symphony, and Bunko Squad.

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

Alyx Henderson, Edna Milano, and Mathew Croft.

What recordings can we hear you on?

The Mahler Project, SFS Media
Sound the Bells!, Harmonia Mundi

What is your unrealized project?

To record a CD of my original music.