PATTY SCHMITT, French Horn
made her way to New York City in 2003, immediately jumpstarting her freelance career by becoming a hornist for three local orchestras and a brass quintet. In seasons past, Ms. Schmitt performed with numerous local orchestras, opera companies, chamber groups, choirs and dance ensembles. Ms. Schmitt has sustained current positions in approximately two dozen professional music ensembles around the New York City metropolitan area, one of which invited her to perform as a soloist in 2010.
Ms. Schmitt’s extensive orchestral experience began as a section member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the Philadelphia Sinfonia II. She was involved in chamber music at Temple University and the Settlement School of Music. In 1999, she performed with a woodwind quintet consisting of students of the Curtis Institute to become a finalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in Indiana.
In 2003, Ms. Schmitt received a Bachelor’s Degree in horn performance from the New England Conservatory. There, she was a scholarship and Dean’s List student under the tutelage of members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Baroque horn sections. During her time in Boston, Ms. Schmitt gave four solo recitals and was active in chamber music. Since her career in the New York metropolitan area began, Ms. Schmitt has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, New York City Center, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, Bergen PAC and Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.