Jeffrey Powers, Associate Professor of Horn, Baylor University School of Music, is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where he attended John Marshall High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with “Honors in Music” from Austin College in Sherman, Texas (where he was elected to Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society), and a Master of Music in Horn from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major instructors were James London of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Albert Schmitter and Myron Bloom of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Roy Waas of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Mr. Powers was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda-the national music honor society-by his fellow faculty in 2003.
Mr. Powers brings extensive experience in performing and teaching to his duties at Baylor University. He played fulltime professionally and internationally in symphony orchestras for twenty-three years. Having begun his career as second horn in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Mr. Powers then served as second horn in the New Jersey Symphony, fourth horn in the Philharmonic of Caracas, Venezuela, and fourth horn and Wagner tuba in the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel and Christoph von Dohnanyi.
Then followed sixteen years as principal horn with the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, Antwerp, Belgium (a fulltime, full-size symphony orchestra serving the Flemish community). During his tenure in Belgium, he also performed as guest principal horn with most of the major orchestras of the Benelux (Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg) region, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Brabants Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia.
Presently Mr. Powers is principal horn with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, and a member of the Baylor Woodwind Quintet and the Baylor Brass. Mr. Powers also performs regularly with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.