Shannon Hagan


Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Alma mater: University of Colorado, Boulder

Photos by Jito Lee and John Sobecki


Appearances: Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra, Umeå, Sweden; Grafenegg Festival, Austria, 2018

Musical origins: I began playing horn in sixth grade. I always admired the horn, but never dreamed I would actually play it! I guess you could say that the horn chose me.

Favorite TŌN performance: Playing Stravinsky’s Pulcinella ballet with Maestro Gerard Schwarz at The Town Hall in Manhattan.

Favorite piece to play: Anything Brahms.

Favorite obscure piece: Anders Hillborg’s Six Pieces for Wind Quintet

Favorite composer fact: Charles Ives was an insurance agent, and his music was largely ignored in his lifetime.

Which composer would have had the best social media: Arnold Schoenberg

Favorite fact about your instrument: Though it is often called the “French horn,” the typical horn played in the United States is actually German in origin.

The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: Classical music has many different genres within itself.  There is so much more to classical music than Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven.

Favorite non-classical musician: Ben Howard

Musical guilty pleasure: Drum Corps! I marched one summer with the Blue Knights in 2012.

Best music to have on repeat: I like the “Discover Weekly” playlist on Spotify.

Favorite non-musical hobby: Cooking delicious food, hiking, and playing board games with friends.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Have fun playing music! If you have fun, your audience will have fun and enjoy what you are doing.