Julie Thayer was appointed to the St. Louis Symphony in May 2014. Previously, Julie held positions with the Houston Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony, and has been a regular guest with many others, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Atlanta Symphony. Most recently she was acting Fourth horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, with whom she collaborated on multiple recordings and tours. Originally from Atlanta, Julie graduated from the Eastman School of Music, studying under Peter Kurau, and later worked with William Ver Meulen at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She was an inaugural recitalist at the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Series, and was a winner in the International Horn Society’s 2004 orchestral competition. Julie has been a frequent guest artist or participant at many leading summer festivals, including Mainly Mozart, La Jolla Summer Fest, Breckenridge Music Festival, the National Orchestra Institute, and the Music Academy of the West. Julie plays a custom-made horn by Keith Berg.