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.