Teaching Artist Statement
The essential beauty of the French horn is its sound. Equally at home with every section of the orchestra, it is no wonder the horn is a composer’s favorite instrument to convey a wide range of expression. Fundamentally, the horn is a member of the brass family and shares all the same technical challenges as its cousins: the trumpet, trombone, and tuba. My primary goal is to inspire the student to create the loveliest sound possible on the horn, to find his or her voice, and learn to express that voice with the instrument as the medium. Optimum musicianship can be obtained through playing, listening, and enjoyment of music whatever the genre. I hope to provide one-on-one inspiration through demonstration, duets, and enthusiasm for the French horn.
Robert Marlatt brings a pedagogy based upon his Midwestern roots grounded in the Chicago School of brass playing. As a graduate student at Northwestern University, his primary applied teachers were Dale Clevenger, longtime Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Richard Oldberg, former 3rd Horn of the CSO. Prior to that Robert received his BM at Ball State University, studying horn with Robert Marsh (who was a student of Philip Farkas) and Fred Ehnes (a student of Frank Brouk.) Mr. Farkas and Mr. Brouk were members of the Chicago Symphony horn section under Fritz Reiner and Georg Solti.
Robert twice attended the Tanglewood Institute, studying brass chamber music with the Empire Brass Quintet and hornist, David Ohanian. At Northwestern, he taught brass chamber music as a graduate teaching assistant. Since moving to the Boston area, he has taught French horn at Milton Academy, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Brandeis University, and privately. In addition he has coached brass quintets and small ensembles. He joined South Shore Conservatory’s faculty in 2016.
Robert Marlatt is currently principal horn with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Boston Classical Orchestra. He is also a member of the Boston Philharmonic horn section. Robert has performed as principal horn with the Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Opera Company of Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, and with the Cape Cod, New Bedford, and Brockton Symphonies. He has also appeared with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Springfield Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and numerous other ensembles throughout New England.
Robert currently performs chamber music with the Buzzard’s Bay Musicfest, and has appeared with Alea III, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Epic Brass, Commonwealth Brass, Beacon Brass Quintet, Boston Brass, and the Back Bay Brass Quintet.
An advocate of period instrument practice, Robert has performed as principal horn with Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, Arcadia Players, and appeared with Mercury Orchestra in Houston. He may be heard performing on numerous recordings with Boston Baroque.
Recent solo appearances include performing a Mozart concerto with the Tri-County Symphonic Band. Robert has been a featured performer at the Buzzard’s Bay Musicfest alongside Hollywood recording legend James Thatcher in: a Telemann double horn concerto, Schumann’s Konzertstuck for Four Horns, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #1, and Brahms’ Four Songs for Women’s Chorus, Two Horns, and Harp. In May 2014 he performed at the Boston Opera House as horn soloist with Boston Ballet’s Next Generation in the world premiere of Yury Yanowsky’s Trazom.
Robert holds an MM from Northwestern University, and a BM from Ball State University. He was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana. He joined South Shore Conservatory’s faculty in 2016.