Blair Hamrick is currently a freelance horn player in New York. Before New York, Blair played in New Mexico and has performed at the Lensic Performing Arts Center with the Santa Fe Symphony and Santa Fe Pro Musica chamber orchestra in Santa Fe. She has also performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic for ballets, piano concerto competitions and pops concerts. Blair is principal horn on the University of New Mexico C.D., Arrows of Time, conducted by Eric Rombach-Kendall with soloists John Marchiando and Chris Buckholz.
Blair has a wide range of chamber music experience. She played solo and chamber repertoire in Lucera, Italy with pianist Kimberly Carballo, the Fiati Five Wind Quintet, and hornist Dr. Michael Walker. During her time in New Mexico, she performed and taught with the Enchantment Winds Wind Quintet at local schools in addition to performing two recitals with the group. Blair also performed in the World Premier of sur “La Choisy” for horn choir by Ryan Chase at the Southwest Horn Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
Blair also has experience performing with choirs, musicals, jazz bands and combos, and alternative rock bands. Blair was a regular performer and soloist with the New Mexico Gay Men’s Choir and performed under the same director for the musical, Children of Eden. She has played Miles Davis’ famous Nonets with the former FM Jazz Orchestra and arranged and performed two standard jazz pieces, Chelsea Bridge and Billie’s Bounce for horn, trumpet, piano, percussion, and bass for her Master’s recital. Blair also played as principal horn for a “Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” concert with a group called Cactus Tractor, including some of Cactus Tractor’s original songs.
Continuing to expand her knowledge of the horn, Blair is working on her Doctorate in Horn Performance at Stony Brook University in the studio of David Jolley.