Dale Clevenger

Dale Clevenger, HornPrincipal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from February 1966 to June 2013, Dale Clevenger is a versatile musician in many areas including chamber music, jazz, commercial recordings, and solos. His mentors are Arnold Jacobs and Adolph Herseth. Before joining the CSO, Dale was a member of Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air directed by Alfred Wallenstein, and was principal horn of the Kansas City Philharmonic. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim conducting. He has taken part in many music festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; the Florida Music Festival in Sarasota; the Affinis Music Festival in Japan and the FAME Festival. Dale has worked with the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, conducting and teaching, and has participated in several International Horn Society Workshops, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has given recitals and master classes throughout the world. In July of 1998, he was a featured artist in the Finnish Horn Society Workshop. Recently he gave a master class in Saarbruken, Germany.

In 1985, he received an honorary doctor of music degree from Elmhurst College and currently teaches at Roosevelt University, where he was previously a professor of horn. Currently he is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Also a conductor, Dale served for fourteen years as music director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. His conducting career has included guest appearances with the New Japan Philharmonic (Tokyo), the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Symphony (Tampa), The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Roosevelt University Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Mellon University Symphony Orchestra (Pittsburgh), the Toronto Conservatory Orchestra, the Northwestern University Summer Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra (Perth), the Aguascaliente Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. He also has conducted the Florence Festival Orchestra in Italy. During 1999, he conducted the I Solisti Fiorentini, and has assisted Maestro Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic.