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Dr. Justin Stanley enjoys a career as a sought-after freelance hornist, accomplished chamber musician, recitalist, and teacher. Justin is a founding member of American Prize-finalist Some Assembly Required, a chamber ensemble praised for its “innovative” and “new approach to programming and performing at the highest level” (Richard Guerin, Salem Classical, MA). SAR has toured across the country and commissioned several new works, four of which are featured on its debut eponymous album. With SAR and in solo projects, Justin presents music seldom heard by today’s audiences. Justin is Assistant Professor of Horn at Tennessee Tech's School of Music.

Justin is principal horn with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and hornist in the Brass Arts Quintet and Cumberland Quintet. He was 3rd horn for the Tennessee Philharmonic in the 2023-2024 season, and 2nd horn with the Newport Symphony (OR) from 2020-2023. Additional recent engagements include the Asheville Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Huntsville Symphony, and Eugene Symphony. He led the horn section at the 2023 Colorado Mahlerfest, performing Mahler's 2nd Symphony and Kindertotenlieder, Musgrave’s Phoenix Rising, and the first act of Wagner's Die Walküre. Justin was principal horn with Orchestra NEXT for their 2021 production and studio recording of the Nutcracker. Additional performance highlights include the Oregon Symphony, Microphilharmonic, Oregon Mozart Players, Boston Philharmonic, Lexington Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, and the Lyric Stage Theatre.

Justin has a wide variety of educational experience, including private lessons, teaching in higher education, designing curriculum for courses and summer camps, research with the Center for Music-in-Education, and conducting for collegiate brass ensembles. He was co-owner and education director at A Street Music in Quincy, MA and a faculty member at the All Newton Music School. Justin was Instructor of Horn for the 2022-2023 school year at the University of Oregon.

Justin received a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from New York University, a Master’s in Horn Performance with a Music-in-Education concentration from New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance from the University of Oregon.

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