Applied Horn

"I have found that the moments in music for the horn's unique sound are like no others. I take great pleasure in passing along that same joy I have experienced with the horn."

Peter Jirousek
Applied Horn

About Peter Jirousek

Peter Jirousek began teaching at VanderCook in 2009. He previously taught at Elmhurst College and Notre Dame University. Mr. Jirousek received his bachelor of music performance degree from the University of Illinois and a master of music performance degree from Northwestern University. He lists among his teachers, Roger Rocco, Norman Schweikert, Richard Oldberg, Sharon Corbin and Bruce Moss.

Peter served as principal horn in the South Bend Symphony for 14 seasons and as the Chicago Chamber Orchestra's principal horn for 8 seasons. He has been second horn for the Northwest Indiana Symphony since 1990. He served as third horn in the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, and Lyric Opera of Chicago and for the Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra programs.

Recently, Mr. Jirousek was an orchestra member for Broadway in Chicago's productions ofWicked, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Les Miserable and Phantom of the Opera.

Life at VanderCook

Horn playing usually has a good deal of mystique attached to it. I take a different, simple approach to the instrument that establishes musicality and lyricism as the cornerstones of your playing. In your weekly applied horn lessons, you will have the chance to develop your fundamental brass-playing skills, enhance your technique through etude study, and learn the beautiful horn literature that will deepen your musical skills.

As a horn player at VanderCook, you will be welcomed into the many ensembles: Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra and the many chamber music groups, all of which offer opportunities to learn standard and contemporary literature. The horn students at VanderCook are a diverse, congenial group who often work together on their music. This rapport helps to create a strong horn section in the performing groups of which you will be a part. 

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music and to share what horn studies at VanderCook can do for you. Feel free to contact me at for more information.


Contact Peter Jirousek:
(312) 225-6288


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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