Philadelphia Post Not a Done Deal for Hornist Jennifer Montone

Classic Arts News   Philadelphia Post Not a Done Deal for Hornist Jennifer Montone
The Philadelphia Orchestra announced last week that 29-year-old Jennifer Montone had been appointed principal horn. However Montone, principal horn at the Saint Louis Symphony since 2003, is still unsure whether she will accept the position.

At a reception last night at Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse for the 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients, Montone performed Dukas' Villanelle for Horn and Piano. Announcing the piece, host Robert Sherman said that she was considering the Philadelphia Orchestra's offer and joked that perhaps she hadn't yet acquired a taste for Philadelphia cheese steaks.

Montone confirmed afterwards that she has not yet signed a contract nor accepted the Philadelphia position.

If she were to accept the position, she would become the first woman principal horn in one of the major "Big Five" orchestras in nearly six decades, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Last week, Montone told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she is reluctant to leave St. Louis. "With [music director David] Robertson here, it's a pretty amazingly good place to be right now," she said.

A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Orchestra did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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