Faculty Chair Profile

Dale Clevenger

NMS Horn Faculty
Former Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Former principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dale Clevenger is a versatile musician in many areas in addition to the CSO, including chamber music, jazz, commercial recordings, and solos. Dale is a member of the Advisory Board for the New Music School of Chicago. His mentors are Arnold Jacobs and Adolph Herseth. 

Before joining the CSO, Dale was a member of Leopold Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air directed by Alfred Wallenstein, and was principal horn of the Kansas City Philharmonic. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim conducting. He has taken part in many music festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; the Florida Music Festival in Sarasota; the Marrowstone Music Festival in Port Townsend, Washington; the Affinis Music Festival in Japan and the FAME Festival. Dale has worked with the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, conducting and teaching, and has participated in several International Horn Society Workshops, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has given recitals and master classes throughout the world. In July of 1998, he was a featured artist in the Finnish Horn Society Workshop. Recently he gave a master class in Saarbruken, Germany. 

Dale is the featured soloist on several CSO recordings including Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds, Strings, and Percussion (Martinon conducting); Schumann's Konzertstúck for four horns (Barenboim conducting); Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (Giulini conducting); and Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3 (Abbado conducting). He also played on the Grammy Award-winning recording The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli with the Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cleveland orchestra's brass ensembles. He has recorded the two Joseph Haydn and Michael Haydn Horn Concertos with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest for Teldec, as well as all of Mozart's horn concertos for Sony Classics. The Mozart recording was named Record of the Year in Hungary on the European label Hungaraton. The Mozart and Haydn recordings were both nominated for Grammy Awards. He performed with Maestro Barenboim and a colleague in the CSO and two colleagues from the Berlin Philharmonic in Chicago and Berlin on the Erato CD of the Mozart and Beethoven Quintets for Piano and Winds, which also won a Grammy. With Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman, he recorded Brahms's Horn Trio for high definition television, laser disc, and Sony Classical CD. He recently performed on the new Tribute to Ellington CD with Daniel Barenboim and other members of the CSO. He also recorded Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11, with Daniel Barenboim and the CSO for Teldec; the CD is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2000. 

He played almost regularly for seventeen years with the group "EARS," JAZZ OF ALL ERAS. In 1985, he received an honorary doctor of music degree from Elmhurst College and currently teaches at Roosevelt University, where he is a professor of horn. 

Also a conductor, Dale served for fourteen years as music director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. His conducting career has included guest appearances with the New Japan Philharmonic (Tokyo), the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Symphony (Tampa), The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Roosevelt University Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Mellon University Symphony Orchestra (Pittsburgh), the Toronto Conservatory Orchestra, the Northwestern University Summer Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra (Perth), the Aguascaliente Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. He also has conducted the Florence Festival Orchestra in Italy. During 1999, he conducted the I Solisti Fiorentini, and this past September he assisted Maestro Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic.