Julia Pilant is the Assistant Principal Horn for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a horn instructor at Bard College. Before joining the Met, she was principal horn with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. She then returned to New York City where she performed frequently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, The Stamford Symphony, and various Broadway shows. In addition, she has played principal horn for the Saito Kinen and Tokyo Opera Nomori music festivals and the Mito Chamber Orchestra in Japan under Music Director Seiji Ozawa, and has been a principal horn and participant in the Festivale di Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Bard Music Festival, OK Mozart Festival, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In 1994, she won the American Horn Competition. Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Ms. Pilant received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Verne Reynolds, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School where she studied with Julie Landsman.