Horn Section


Ben Jaber

Principal Horn

Benjamin Jaber has been Principal Horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since May 2008. He has also performed as Guest Principal Horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic and as an extra player with the Houston, Richmond and New World Symphonies and the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as a guest artist on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella new music series…….

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Josh Paulus

acting 2nd Horn

Joshua Paulus has established himself as one of the most in-demand freelance hornists in the country during the last few years. He performs regularly with almost every major orchestra on the west coast, including the San Francisco Symphony – with whom he has done multiple tours and recording projects, the Seattle Symphony – his hometown orchestra – and the San Diego Symphony – who he is delighted to be joining for the 2018-2019 season as Acting 2nd Horn……..

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Tricia Skye

3rd Horn

Tricia Skye began playing French horn with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in 1998. Prior to that, she studied privately with Jerry Folsom, former co-principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as with James Decker and Joseph Meyer, both studio musicians. After finishing high school Ms. Skye played principal horn with the Debut Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony under the baton of Mehli Mehta. At the age of 20 Ms. Skye won a position with the Philharmonic of the Nations, a touring orchestra based out of Germany; she spent the next year traveling and performing all over the world……..

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Doug Hall

4th Horn

Douglas Hall has enjoyed many adventures in good music here with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. In 1989 he and his wife Laura were married at the Summer Pops site (at Hospitality Point at that time) where the horn section members were his best men, and the brass section played for the ceremony. In helping with the rebuilding of the SDSO, Mr. Hall ran more than 60 national auditions during his former service as assistant orchestra personnel manager. Some of the highlights of Mr. Hall’s career include: studying and listening to Dave Krehbiel at the San Francisco Symphony while earning a Master’s ………

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Darby Hinshaw

Assistant Principal/Utility Horn

Darby Hinshaw joined the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in 2011. He was born into a casually musical family in San Francisco: His mother is a former organist who holds a Master of Music degree from SDSU, and his father is a great enthusiast of traditional Irish music. During his childhood he experimented with the Irish tin-whistle, the piano and the great highland bagpipes, and he frequently attended organ recitals, highland games and Irish sessions with his parents. He began playing the horn at the age of 12 and attended the “School of the Arts” high school in San Francisco………

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