Dale Clevenger



  Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 2013, Clevenger is a versatile musician in many areas, including chamber music, jazz, commercial recordings and solos.

He has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has participated in many music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; the Florida Music Festival; the Marrowstone Music Festival, the Affinis Music Festival in Japan and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. In addition, he has worked with the European Community Youth Orchestra and participated in several International Horn Society workshops. 

He has given recitals and master classes throughout the world, including in Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, Canada and Israel.

Clevenger is the featured soloist on several Chicago Symphony recordings, including works by Martin, Schumann, Britten and Mozart. He also played on the Grammy Award-winning recording "The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli" with the brass ensembles of the Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has recorded the horn concertos by Joseph and Michael Haydn with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, as well as all of Mozart's horn concertos. The Mozart recording was named Record of the Year in Hungary, and both recordings were nominated for Grammy Awards.

As a conductor, Clevenger served as music director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra for 14 years. His conducting career has included guest appearances with numerous other orchestras, including the New Japan Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Roosevelt University Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Conservatory Orchestra, the Northwestern University Summer Symphony, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic of Slovakia in Bratislava, the Sinfonia Crakovia and the Opole Philharmonic in Poland, and the Bartlesville (Oklahoma) Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he conducted the Valledolid (Spain) Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim as soloist.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti presented the Theodore Thomas Medallion to Dale Clevenger.