Herbert Winslow

Herbert Winslow
  • HOMETOWN Falls Church, VA
  • EDUCATION The Curtis Institute of Music
  • FUN FACT "I enjoy fishing with my family on our electric pontoon boat or by myself in my kayak."

Associate Principal
Gordon C. and Harriet D. Paske Chair

When Herbert Winslow joined the Minnesota Orchestra as associate principal horn in 2005, he already had a long relationship with the Orchestra—he had performed as acting associate principal horn in Sommerfest concerts since 1993 and served in that role throughout the 1994-95 season and on the Orchestra’s 2004 European Tour. More recently, he served as acting principal horn from February to September 2014.

As a soloist, Winslow has performed Mozart’s Second Horn Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante with the Orchestra. He made an appearance on the Chamber Music at MacPhail series in 2010, performing Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet and was featured on the 2014 Sommerfest Chamber Music series in the Brahms Horn Trio with orchestra colleague David Brubaker and Andrew Litton.

Prior to taking his position with the Orchestra, Winslow served as principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a post he held from 1981 to 2006. In addition, he spent three summer seasons as principal horn of the Santa Fe Opera and was assistant principal horn of the New Mexico Symphony. While still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, he played with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a substitute and extra musician, serving as assistant principal horn in 1975.

Winslow has performed extensively as a chamber musician. He played in the Bay Chamber Music Festival’s First Chair All-Stars series in Rockport, Maine, from 2002 to 2004, joining principal players from orchestras in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Chicago and Montreal. From 2014 through 2017, he was artistic director of the Twin Cities Horn Club, whose mission is to share, learn, mentor, and enjoy the art of horn playing with hornists of all skill levels throughout the region, and is still an advisor for that group.

In demand as a teacher, Winslow was an adjunct faculty member of St. Olaf College since 2001 until his retirement in 2019 and was an affiliate faculty member of the University of Minnesota from 1989 to 2007. He was also on the faculty of the University of New Mexico from 1977 to 1981. He has presented master classes at many colleges and universities across the country, including the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University.

Winslow studied with Ethel Merker at Indiana University and earned a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Mason Jones.

Winslow is a volunteer for Courage Kenny, and is active in the sport of power wheelchair soccer. He lives in Woodbury with his wife and family.