Thomas C. Haunton
Senior Lecturer, French Horn
A free-lance horn player based in Boston, Thomas Haunton has performed with most of New England's major musical organizations. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where his principal teachers were Thomas Newell and Gunther Schuller.
Mr. Haunton performs as a member of both the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, positions he has held for over twenty-five seasons. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Japan, and Korea, and has appeared as guest principal horn with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Haunton also served as long-time Principal Horn of both the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and performed frequently with the award-winning New England Ragtime Ensemble.
Mr. Haunton was a winner of New York’s prestigious Concert Artist Guild Competition as a member of Quintet di Legno. He has appeared as a musician in two films, Yes, Giorgio and Blown Away, and in a music video for MTV by the rock music group, Aerosmith. Under the baton of conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, Henry Mancini, and Keith Lockhart, Mr. Haunton has performed with many notable artists from the fields of classical music (Beverly Sills, Isaac Stern, Itzak Perlman, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli), jazz music (Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie), country/folk music (Johnny Cash, John Denver, James Taylor), musicals (Richard Harris, Anthony Quinn, Barbara Cook, Joel Grey, Ben Vereen, Faith Prince, Bebe Neuwirth), comedy (Victor Borge, Dom DeLuise) and rock music (Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Aerosmith).
As a teacher, Mr. Haunton has been a member of the faculty of Dartmouth College since 1988. In 1980, Margun Music published a book of French horn excerpts compiled by Mr. Haunton entitled Horn Passages of the Symphonies of Franz Joseph Haydn.
Aside from music, Mr. Haunton is a collector and historian of American glass, an acknowledged authority of hand-blown glass from his native state of New Jersey. A lecturer, columnist, and author of numerous publications, Mr. Haunton has recently completed Last Links to the Past, the first volume of his comprehensive history about 20th century southern New Jersey glass.