Principal Horn

John Lenz

John Lenz, principal hornist of the Reno Philharmonic, recently retired as professor emeritus of music at the University of Nevada, where he taught cello, horn, and theory, conducted the University orchestra and brass choir, and was a member of the Argenta Ensemble and its predecessors for 37 years. A resident of Reno since 1951, he received degrees from the University of Nevada and the New England Conservatory in Boston before joining the UNR faculty in 1972. Shortly thereafter, he became a frequent performer with the Reno Philharmonic under founder, Gregory Stone; sometimes in the horn section, sometimes in the cellos, and on several occasions as a soloist. John also served as one of the guest conductors of the Philharmonic during the year following Gregory’s retirement. In addition to his position with the Reno Philharmonic, he is principal hornist of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Great Basin Brass, and was principal cellist (and hornist when needed) of the Telluride (Colorado) Chamber Players for 30 years. He has received the Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts, and was named a Foundation Professor at UNR in 1999.