Faculty & Staff Profiles

Adam Unsworth

Professor of Horn

Before coming to Michigan, Adam Unsworth served as fourth horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1998 to 2007. Prior to his appointment in Philadelphia, he spent three years as second horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also served as a guest principal horn with the St. Louis Symphony as well as principal horn of the Colorado Music Festival.

A former faculty member at Temple University, he has appeared at many universities throughout the United States as a recitalist and clinician. He has made several solo and chamber appearances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Unsworth received his formal training at Northwestern University, where he studied with former Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Gail Williams and Norman Schweikert. He continued with graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Douglas Hill. He later recorded Jazz Set for Solo Horn, released in 2001 as part of Thoughtful Wanderings, a compilation of Hill’s works for horn. In 2000, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music named him their Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.  In 2006 Adam released his first jazz CD titled Excerpt This!, which features five of his original compositions for jazz sextet and three unaccompanied works.

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