Fritz Foss, a native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, plays Assistant Principal/Utility Horn with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition, he has performed as guest co-principal horn with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recently performed with the not-so-distant horn sections of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Before his appointment to the Lyric Opera, he was a member of the Colorado Symphony in Denver, the Vermont Symphony, and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where he performed a solo in their concerto competition concert.
Mr. Foss has performed a variety of chamber music, with strings, woodwinds, and brass. He has been a member of the Paramount Brass Quintet, where he toured and gave masterclasses throughout the United States, as well as recorded Shepherd’s Hey by Percy Grainger. Participating in music festivals, he has performed domestically and internationally in over 15 countries, including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Spoleto Festival USA, the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra, the Peace Memorial Orchestra for the 60th anniversary of the Atomic bombings in Japan, the Crested Butte Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. This August will be his eleventh season with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.
As a teacher, Mr. Foss has been on the faculties of New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, Boston Conservatory, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. He enjoys sharing what he has learned from his experience and his generous and knowledgable teachers. When not playing music, he enjoys being out in nature with family and friends, hiking and biking whenever his schedule allows.