Shona Goldberg-Leopold is a multifaceted horn player, passionate about chamber music as well as orchestral and solo playing. Originally from Philadelphia, Shona migrated south to Nashville, TN to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Vanderbilt University, where she studied horn with the Nashville Symphony’s Principal Horn, Leslie Norton. Shona then earned a Master’s in Music and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Institute, studying with Denise Tryon of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Shona is a freelance hornist in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area and maintains an active private teaching studio.
Shona is a proud member of the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, Washington D.C.’s first self-conducted orchestra. She also plays principal horn with the innovative new Baltimore group, Occasional Symphony. Shona has performed with several prominent ensembles, including the Richmond Symphony, New World Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Shippensburg Festival Symphony, and the Lancaster Symphony. Shona has enjoyed spending her summers at the National Orchestral Institute and the Aspen, Chautauqua, Siena, and Eastern Music Festivals. Shona loves traveling and is grateful for the musical opportunities that have given her a chance to perform in ten different countries (and counting!) across the world.