Patricia Brown

Assistant Principal Horn

Patricia Brown grew up in a military family, stationed in the Southern US mostly. Brown was able to start studying horn seriously as a senior in high school. After moving several times for each successive college degree, she ended up back in Madison, Wisconsin for her doctorate, and still resides there. In 1990, Brown auditioned for the principal horn position in Cedar Rapids and was runner up, so the open assistant principal spot was offered. Patricia enjoys cooking, traveling by car, jigsaw and word puzzles of all kinds, genealogy, and spending time with her 3 cats.


Madison, WI

Year Joined Orchestra Iowa


Education and Teachers:

University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1980-81.
B.M. in Horn Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
M.M. in Horn Performance, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1986
D.M.A. in Horn Performance and Pedagogy. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
Aspen Music School, 1983 & 1987.

John Boden, Douglas Hill, Laura Klock, Michael Hatfield and David Wakefield.

Favorite Symphonic Piece:

It’s a tie between Mahler’s 5th Symphony and Brahms Requiem. And many other favorites, but these two always make the top of the list.

Favorite Memory With Orchestra Iowa:

Mahler’s 5th Symphony, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Brahms Requiem

How did you start playing your instrument?

I took piano lessons as a young child, but didn’t play any other instrument until 7th grade, when I discovered band. My best friend played the trumpet, so I had to also. Then I got braces, and switched to horn. Late in high school, I was able to start studying horn more seriously. Compared to most professional hornists, I was quite late to start taking it seriously—taking lessons and practicing hard. I have studied with some great teachers along the way.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Chicago Symphony, King’s Singers, Chanticleer, American Brass Quintet

If you weren’t a professional musician, what career would you have?

Construction and Remodeling; or Cryptographer