A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Abby Langhorst is a freelance percussionist in the Pittsburgh area. She has performed with groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Resonance Works, and the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh. Abby is also the percussionist and Director of Operations for The Brass Roots, a burgeoning brass ensemble in the Pittsburgh Area. Outside of Pittsburgh, she has performed with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra in North Carolina, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, and with many small ensembles in the Cincinnati area.
Abby earned her Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, where she studied with Jeremy Branson (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Chris Allen (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), and Paul Evans (River City Brass Band). She received her Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, where she studied with Eric Millstein (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Marc Damoulakis (Cleveland Orchestra), Michael Green (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Michael Kozakis (Chicago Freelancer), and Al Payson (Retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Outside of performing, Abby also works as a music educator. Inspired by her parents who both are music educators, she teaches privately and works with two different marching band programs: Keystone Oaks High School in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and Indian Hill High School, her alma mater, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
When she is not playing or teaching percussion, Abby enjoys watching copious amounts of Netflix, baking, and spending time with friends and family.
(Updated January 15, 2017)