Jeff Garza is principal horn of the San Antonio Symphony. During the summer season, he is principal horn of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in San Luis Obispo, California. Jeff has previously held principal positions with the Houston Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera and has served as guest principal horn of the Malaysian Philharmonic, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Utah Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In January 2007, Jeff served as principal horn during the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Central European tour. Past engagements also include positions with the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra.
Jeff performs regularly with most of the leading chamber groups in South Texas including the Olmos Ensemble, Camerata San Antonio, SOLI Ensemble, Musical Bridges, and the Cactus Pear Music Festival. Jeff has appeared as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra. He has been a featured artist at several music festivals, horn workshops and chamber music series, including Chamber Music International, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Southwest Horn Convention, and the Texas Music Festival.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he studies with William VerMeulen and Roger Kaza. He is also an alumnus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts where he was awarded an Emerson Scholarship and the Young Artist Certificate, Interlochen Arts Academy’s highest artistic honor.
Jeff is on the faculty of Trinity University and St. Mary’s University.