I had an enjoyable chat with Gene Standley on the phone via Calliflower.com, a wonderful (and free) tele-conferencing system. You can see the podcast player above, which you can play here or download if you choose. You can also find it on iTunes. Just search David Thomas podcasts.
I am also including a sample of his playing below. The following music excerpt includes french horn highlights from recent performances of Symphony #4 by Anton Bruckner.
Among other things, we discussed the highlights and pitfalls of playing in a top level orchestra. Gene's experience playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti in the 80's certainly honed his skills and temperament in that respect.
I neglected to ask Gene about his thriving LP hobby/business. He buys old LPs from various sources such as estate sales, and sells them on Ebay to audiophiles all over the world. Many of the recordings are extremely rare and valuable, some of which will never be re-released.
Born & raised in Pittsburgh, PA through high school.
Schooling: The Curtis Institue Of Music during the 1970s (brass & wind classes, orchestra, music courses, etc)
Main Teachers: Forrest Standley, Dale Clevenger, Mason Jones
Jobs: Active freelancer in Philadelphia from 1976-1993 with most of the 1980s as full time extra with the Philadelphia Orchestra under conductors Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti & Wolfgang Sawallisch. Became appointed Principal Horn with the Columbus Symphony in September, 1990 and was appointed to the full time position by Christian Badea in 1991.
Current instruments: 1930s Schmidt (Weimar, Germany), Conn 12D Descant Horn
Solos Performed: Mozart Concertos Nos 1, 2 & 3, Strauss Concerto No 1
Chamber Ensembles: The Columbus Symphony Brass Quintet, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra (extra musician)
Church jobs: Ron Jenkins, First Community Church (3-4 times annually)
Sideline: Selling classical LPs on Ebay
Family: Married to Jocelyn Standley with home-schooled children Avery (10), Forrest (9), Rosemary (4) & Lucas (3).
Residence: 14 acre farm property just outside of Granville, OH (Alexandria) with 8 cows (1 milker), 36 chickens, 2 Great Pyrenees, 1 goat & 2 rabbits.