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Haley Hoops

Haley Hoops, winner of the 2013 International Horn Competition of America, has been second horn player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1999. She's played nationwide with orchestras that include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, The Grant Park Festival Orchestra, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. She began her career in 1994 with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

In 1996 she won a fellowship with the Tanglewood Music Festival. The following year she performed with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra in Illinois. She subsequently progressed through other regional orchestras on her way to Dallas.

Hoops also performs with the DSO-sponsored children's educational brass quintet Symphony YES!, and Voices of Change, a Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble. In 2012, she premiered the Sonata for French Horn and Piano by James M. Stephenson at the International Horn Symposium.

Hoops is also a teacher. She's been a guest clinician at major universities across the country, and assistant horn instructor at Southern Methodist University since 2001. Hoops received a bachelor's degree in musical arts from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in music from Northwestern University.