JENNIFER MONTONE came to Philadelphia from the position of principal horn at the Saint Louis Symphony, where she began her tenure in 2003. She was the associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony from 2000 to 2003, as well as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. Prior to her tenure in Dallas, she was third horn of the New Jersey Symphony and performed regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, and as a substitute musician on several Broadway shows. Montone has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony and the National Symphony, and was a featured artist at both the 1999 International Horn Society Workshop and the 2000 International Women's Brass Conference.
As a chamber musician, Montone has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at the La Jolla, Santa Fe, and Spoleto (Italy) chamber music festivals, and at the Bellingham and Marlboro music festivals. She was on the faculty of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in 2003 and taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2004 and 2005.
In May 2006 Montone was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also the winner of the 1996 Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year Award in London and the 1998 Philadelphia Concerto Soloists Competition. She was a fellow in the Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra in 1996 and 1997.
A native of northern Virginia, Montone studied with Edwin Thayer as a fellow in the National Symphony's Youth Fellowship Program and is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julie Landsman.