Maura McCune Corvington, Second Horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, has distinguished herself as a virtuosic artist through her expressive playing. Prior to joining the RPO in July 2015, Ms. Corvington performed as Acting Principal Horn of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theatre Orchestra, as well as throughout the Hawaiian Islands as the hornist of the Honolulu Brass Quintet. She previously served as Acting Associate Principal and Third Horn of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theatre Orchestra. Ms. Corvington has also performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Houston Chamber Choir, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and as Guest Principal Horn with the Rochester Philharmonic. She has spent summers performing with the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Marrowstone Music Festival, The International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra.
Recent recording projects include Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen on the Naxos label with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta and American Rapture on the Azica Records label with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Ward Stare.
Devoted to the art of music education, Ms. Corvington is presently an Instructor of Horn and an Arts Leadership Program Course Instructor at the Eastman School of Music, the Instructor of Horn at the Eastman Community Music School, a Horn Mentor for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Adjunct Lecturer in Horn Studies at SUNY Geneseo where she has been a featured faculty soloist and performs regularly as a member of the Geneseo Wind Quintet. Her horn students have been invited to play at leading music festivals, pursue elite level collegiate studies across the country, and perform as featured soloists with orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic. Ms. Corvington previously served as Adjunct Professor of Horn at Rochester’s Roberts Wesleyan College as well as the Lecturer of Horn at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. A passionate and engaging teacher, she has mentored students as a featured clinician at Cornell University, the Roberts Wesleyan College International Music Camp, New Trier High School, and the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Sunday Series at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall.
Notably, Eastman’s acclaimed Arts Leadership Program course schedule includes, “Studio Teaching: An Essential Career Component,” an annual offering by Ms. Corvington designed to illuminate innovative, impactful, and essential studio teaching strategies for future music educators who face a continually evolving professional mentorship landscape.
A graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Ms. Corvington completed her Master’s Degree in Horn Performance under the tutelage of William VerMeulen. At the Eastman School, Ms. Corvington completed her Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance as a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate under the instruction of RPO Principal Horn, W. Peter Kurau. She also graduated as a Secondary Piano Major, studying with Daria Rabotkina and Albert Kim, and she recently accompanied friend and horn mentor, Bill VerMeulen, in recital at Eastman. Originally hailing from Wilmette, Illinois, Ms. Corvington was inspired at an early age by the renowned Chicago Symphony Brass, and she studied regularly with Chicago Symphony Orchestra hornists, Dale Clevenger and Alice Render.
An avid racket sport athlete, Ms. Corvington enjoys visits to her favorite courts, both sunny and snowy, in Rochester. She is thrilled to reside in the vibrant Rochester community where she lives with her husband Patrick Corvington, a professional trumpet player.