Kurt Civilette, third horn/associate principal with the New Mexico Philharmonic, had been with the New Mexico Symphony for 15 years. He held temporary positions as principal horn with the New Mexico Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and the Savannah Symphony, and as assistant principal with the Honolulu Symphony. He is on sub lists for major orchestras and has played extra with the Detroit Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Utah Symphony during recent seasons. Kurt Civilette has been an instructor of horn and brass pedagogy at MSU since the fall of 2010.
Civilette trained at Northwestern University, studying with Chicago Symphony members Dale Clevenger and Richard Oldberg. After graduation, he was a successful freelance musician, appearing with the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Chicago Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony.
As a soloist, he has appeared with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, most recently as a featured soloist during the 2005-06 season on tours and in community concerts, playing the seldom-performed virtuoso work Concertino for horn and orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber.
Civilette is an active chamber musician. As a member of the New Mexico Symphony woodwind quintet, he played children’s concerts and musicales for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In the fall of 2010, he appeared with the CUBE contemporary music ensemble in Chicago in a special program dedicated to Gunther Schuller’s music, playing Schuller’s woodwind quintet with coaching and direction by the composer. He is currently a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony brass quintet.
During the summers, Kurt plays principal horn with the Southern Illinois Music festival in Carbondale. He has appeared in various U.S. and international summer festivals including the Spoleto Festival in the U.S. and Italy, the Assisi festival, the Kumamoto festival in Japan, and Music from Angel Fire.
Kurt also holds a third horn/associate principal position with the Ann Arbor, MI Symphony and has played guest principal with the Flint, Saginaw Bay, Midland, and Windsor symphonies, and with the Michigan Opera Theater.