A native of Ottawa, Illinois, Tod Bowermaster has held the position of Third Horn in the Saint Louis Symphony, since 1995. He served as Acting Principal Horn for the 2002-2003 season and has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions. Prior to his appointment with the Saint Louis Symphony, he was a member of the Honolulu Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. He has also performed with the orchestras of Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco. Mr. Bowermaster has appeared as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, as well as orchestras throughout the Midwest. Named winner of the 1999 American Horn Competition and the 1982 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, he continues to enjoy performing in both solo and chamber music settings.
Mr. Bowermaster has been a regular participant in numerous chamber music festivals nationwide, including the Kapalua Music Festival on Maui, the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, Summerfest in Kansas City, the Innsbruck Festival outside of St. Louis, Strings in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the Landmarks Society Chamber Concerts on the island of St. Croix.
Always in great demand as a teacher, Mr. Bowermaster has been invited to give recitals and master classes at Rice University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Missouri. Recent teaching engagements have included being a guest professor with the horn class at Northwestern University and with the horn students at the Indiana University Summer Music Festival. Additionally he serves as lecturer of horn at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. When not playing the horn, he enjoys playing tennis, singing, and, most of all, family time. He resides in Kirkwood, Missouri with his wife, Cynthia, a violinist, and their children Kathryn and Ryan.