Ross Ahlhorn

Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet

SFA 112

(501) 450-5018

An international performing artist, Dr. Ahlhorn currently holds the position of Principal Trumpet with the Waynesboro Symphony. A recent first prize winner in the Golden Classical International Music Competition and the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, Dr. Ahlhorn was invited to perform solo at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and the Wiener Saal at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.


Dr. Ahlhorn comes to Conway from the Shenandoah Valley in central Virginia where he was on faculty at James Madison University, Washington and Lee University, and Southern Virginia University, where he taught applied trumpet, applied horn, and Brass Techniques courses for Music Education majors. In addition to his performing and teaching duties, Dr. Ahlhorn maintained an active freelance presence in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia region with recent performances with the acclaimed Staunton Music Festival Orchestra in Staunton, Virginia, the Madison Brass, the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, the Massanutten Brass Band, and the Shenandoah-University Symphony Orchestra in Lexington, Virginia.


Dr. Ahlhorn has performed as assistant solo cornetist in the Salt River Brass, both principal and second trumpet in the Musica Nova Orchestra of Scottsdale, Arizona. Other important performances include soloist and principal orchestral roles at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, 2nd trumpet with Orchestra Next, the orchestra in residence with the Eugene Ballet (Oregon), and the 2013 and 2017 International Trumpet Guild Annual Conferences.


Dr. Ahlhorn completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he served as graduate assistant for Dr. Christ Carrillo. He received a Masters of Music from Arizona State University with Prof. David Hickman and a Bachelors of Music from Baylor University as a student of Wiff Rudd.