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Peter Nowlen
M.M., Northwestern University
(916) 278-7982 • Email
Office: Capistrano 442

Courses/Areas Taught
  • French Horn

Professor Peter Nowlen

Pete Nowlen

Sacramento State horn instructor, Pete Nowlen, has been a member of the faculty since 1990. Currently the Artistic Director of The Concerts of All Hallows, Mr. Nowlen was a member of the French horn section of the Sacramento Symphony from 1987 until its bankruptcy in 1996. He is an active orchestral and chamber musician and an international solo prize winner. He performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera and Chamber Music Society, Music Circus, and as principal hornist of the Music in the Mountains Festival and Arizona Musicfest.

For several years, Mr. Nowlen performed regularly as principal hornist of the International Orchestra of Italy, performing and recording in Italy’s finest theaters. In 1992 he was third-prize winner of the International Competition for Solo Horn of the Castle of Duino, Italy, and in 1994 was a semi-finalist in the prestigious American Horn Competition. Solo appearances have included both American and Italian orchestras. Opera and ballet and theater conducting credits include La Boheme, Hansel und Gretel, Billy the Kid, L'Histoire du Soldat, Little Shop of Horrors, Falsettos, Company, and Man of LaMancha. Orchestral conducting credits include the Sacramento Symphony, UCD Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra and the Music in the Mountains Orchestra. Pete has directed the concert band at U. C. Davis since 2002 and the Fall Quarter Wind Ensemble since 1993, having also been the horn instructor there since 1988.