Welcome New 5HE Horn Player, Matt!

A proud citizen of Chicago since 2003, Matt Monroe currently plays with the Kalamazoo Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra in his hometown of Portland. As an educator, Matt has a particular interest in urban music programs, teaching French horn lessons and ensembles at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago’s West Loop since 2006. He is on faculty at the Merit School of Music where he works with the horn ensemble classes on Saturdays at the Tuition-free Conservatory. Matt has degrees from Arizona State University, the University of Oregon, and Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Millar Brass Ensemble based at Northwestern’s Alice Millar Chapel. He has also played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Milwaukee Symphony, Garrison Keillor, Pink Martini, The Moody Blues, and for the Chicago Bulls in a pre-game National Anthem performance. In less musical moments Matt enjoys training for various distance running events with his wife and their husky Zora.Fifth House Ensemble