Committed to Opera

Barbara Jöstlein Currie, Fourth Horn

Barbara Jöstlein Currie joined the Met Orchestra in 1998, as assistant horn. A year later, she won the 4th horn position, which she has held since. Growing up in Chicago and studying with former CSO musicians Phil Farkas and Nancy Fako, she left for New York to study with former Met Principal Horn, Julie Landsman, at the Juilliard School with a full scholarship. During her studies, she took a year off to play third and associate horn with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel.

She has performed frequently at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with the San Diego symphony during the summer. Along with teaching at Bard, she also teaches at Manhattan school of Music Pre-College, and has given master classes at many universities such as Colburn and Cincinnati Conservatory, as well as in Japan.

Barbara is also active in the recording industry, playing on movies such as True Grit and Contagion, and with musicians such as Tony Bennett and Sting, and has also recorded soundtracks in Los Angeles during her time off.

During her summers, Barbara lives in Southern California with her husband and three children, and makes frequent trips to Disneyland and the beach. Barbara’s brother, Thomas, is the associate principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony and played for two years with the New York Philharmonic.