Where Are They Now? French hornist PJ Hummelt

December 9, 2023

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All Classical Radio celebrates the 10th anniversary of On Deck with Young Musicians by following up with 10 of the musicians who were interviewed in the first season of the show. The series is hosted by All Classical intern Jahlysa Azaret.

PJ Hummelt is a data analyst and French horn player based in Berkeley, California. In our ninth episode, PJ discusses his thoughts on his past interview and his career. He also talks about thoughts on his upcoming performance at the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Concert-at-Christmas on December 26 and then he shares advice for young musicians.

Click here to listen to PJ’s 2014 interview

The following is PJ’s 2023 bio:

PJ, a Portland native, began playing the French horn in fifth grade. He joined the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble as an eighth grader, followed by the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra as a high school freshman and finally the Portland Youth Philharmonic as Principal Horn from his sophomore to senior years. He went on to Santa Clara University in 2016 where he majored in Economics and minored in Music, playing with the University Orchestra all four years. With the Santa Clara University Orchestra, he had the chance to perform the First Horn Concerto by Richard Strauss as well as a horn concerto written by music director John Kennedy. After graduating college, PJ went on to work in data analytics for a few years before returning to school. He will be finishing his MBA at UC Berkeley next May. He will be dusting off his horn after a four-year break to play with the alumni orchestra for PYP’s Concert-at-Christmas on December 26th, 2023 to celebrate their 100 year anniversary. He looks forward to getting back to playing in the years to come!

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