Corbin Wagner, a highly regarded horn performer, teacher, and longtime member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, was appointed associate professor of horn in the MSU College of Music in 2012. He teaches all applied horn lessons, coaching one brass quintet and holding a weekly studio class. He also rehearses and performs with the Beaumont Brass Quintet.
Kansas City-born Wagner received a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Professor Louis Stout. Upon graduation he became a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 1989 he earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Before his appointment to the faculty of the MSU College of Music, he served as adjunct horn professor at Oakland University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.
Wagner has received many prestigious performing honors, including third prize at the 1983 Munich International Horn Competition. He also took first prize at the Heldenleben International Horn Competition in hand horn, valve horn, and horn quartet. In 1989 and again in 2002, Wagner joined three of his colleagues and the DSO in performing Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra. In 1994 he performed Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 2 as a guest with the Farmington Philharmonic; in 1998 he performed Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 with the Pontiac Oakland Symphony. His last performance of the Britten Serenade was with the Pontiac Oakland Orchestra in 2009.
He continues to perform with the Peninsula Music Festival, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the Palm Beach Opera.
In the fall of 2014 Wagner released his first CD, featuring the Wagner Trio, horn, soprano, and piano. This CD features three commissioned works, two from the MSU College of Music.
He is an experienced clinician, giving clinics around the country. He is owner of a horn music publishing company called Cornopub. Wagner and his wife, Wendy, have five children.