Note: Professor Bontrager is on sabbatical for the 2017-18 school year. Horn students are receiving instruction from Sarah Schouten and visiting guest artist Zachary Smith. Prosprective students should contact Professor Bontrager regarding application and audition information for fall 2018 admittance.
Lisa O. Bontrager has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Japan, including tours with the versatile Millennium Brass and MirrorImage, a horn duo with Michelle Stebleton, as well as the Pennsylvania Quintet. Bontrager has served as featured artist at the Southeast Horn Workshop, the International Women’s Brass Conference in Toronto, the Western United States Horn Symposium (Las Vegas, Nevada), the Western Illinois Horn Workshop, Oficinate Musica De Curitiba (Brazil), and has been a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay.
Recognized for her teaching, Bontrager has presented masterclasses throughout the world. She is a Distinguished Professor of Music at Penn State where she received the 2008 Faculty Scholar Medal for the Arts and Humanities. For six summers, she taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp. She serves as principal horn of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony, Music at Penn’s Woods, as tenor hornist of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and has performed with the Baltimore, Chautauqua, and Harrisburg symphonies.
Bontrager serves as an elected member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society. She can be heard on nearly 20 recordings, including her solo CD, “Hunter’s Moon,” released on the Summit label. She holds performance degrees from the University of Michigan where she studied with Louis Stout.
Including works by Horvit, Bozza, Barboteu, Vinter, Wilder, Gliere, Glazounov, and Basler.
Summit Records, DCD 327
Vince DiMartino, trumpet; Richard Illman, trumpet; Lisa O. Bontrager, horn; Scott Hartman, trombone; and Marty Erickson, tuba.
Including works by Mozart, Puccini, Copland, and popular selections.
Millenium Brass (884501503617)
Walking Frog Records
Vince DiMartino, trumpet; Rich Illman, trumpet; Lisa Bontrager, horn; Scott Hartman, trombone; Marty Erickson, tuba
Works by Tom Ritter George, William Walond, W.A. Mozart, Gustav Holst, Tom Turpin, Vittorio Monti, Bizet, Gershwin, Jack End, Grainger, Cheetham, Jack Gale, and Fats Waller
MirrorImage at the Opera
MirrorImage Horn Duo -- Lisa Bontrager and Michelle Stebleton
Opera Duets and Songs arranged for Horn Duo and Piano, including works by Berlioz, Bizet, Boccherini, Delibes, Donizetti, Handel, Mozart, Rossini & Verdi
MSR Classics, MS1234