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Principal Horn JERRY FOLSOM took his Los Angeles Philharmonic post at the start of the 1987 Hollywood Bowl season. An Oklahoma native, Mr. Folsom moved to Morro Bay, California in 1961 and it was there that he began studying horn. He played in school bands and orchestras and became a member of the San Luis Obispo County Symphony in 1963.
Throughout his high school years, Mr. Folsom attended the summer sessions at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Following graduation from high school, he spent two years studying at the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts and playing with the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Folsom subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where he played in the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony. In 1970 he won the posts of principal horn with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera. During his 17-year tenure in San Diego, Mr. Folsom was a soloist with the Symphony on many occasions. He also played with the Colorado Chamber Festival and toured China with the Philadelphia Philharmonia.
His teachers have included Fred Fox, Fred Bergstone, James Decker, Barry Tuckwell, Dale Clevenger, Wendall Hoss, and Vincent De Rosa. Since joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Folsom has appeared as soloist in concertos by Strauss and Mozart, and he often performs with the Philharmonic New Music Group and the Orchestras Chamber Music Society