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Teacher and Performer

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A native of St. Paul, Aisling O’Sullivan Goel graduated with her Master's degree in Horn Performance in May 2020 from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Professor Ellen Dinwiddie Smith of the Minnesota Orchestra. She earned her B.M. in Horn Performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), studying with Professor Randy Gardner. While at the University of Minnesota, Aisling was featured as a soloist in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. At CCM, she came Second Place in the inaugural Andrew Howell Memorial Horn Scholarship Competition. 

As a young horn player, Aisling was a member of both MYS (Minnesota Youth Symphonies) and GTCYS (Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies), the two youth symphonies in the Twin Cities area. She credits these organizations for inspiring her love for classical music, and these early experiences as well as her high school horn teacher, Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, are the reasons she chose to pursue horn professionally. Aisling will be joining the faculty of UW-Eau Claire this fall as adjunct lecturer of horn. Previously, she was the Operations Manager for MYS for two years and also taught and led sectionals at local high schools. 

Aisling is the Third Horn of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, CAYO (Cuban American Youth Orchestra), and the Compass Rose Brass Ensemble. ​Aisling has attended many summer music festivals, including the Texas Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, Sewanee Music Center, the Bay View Spectrum Brass Seminar, and Kendall Betts Horn Camp. She was selected for a fellowship with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, in 2020.

In addition to playing horn, Aisling enjoys learning Mandarin Chinese, rowing, gardening, and raising Monarch butterflies in the summer (Monarch instagram page: @monarch__mama). 

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Aisling enjoys teaching horn players of all ages, and is currently offering virtual lessons via Skype or Zoom.

My philosophy and teaching style:

I have been privileged to have had incredible horn teachers, and I know what an important role a teacher has in a student’s development. My teaching style is based on the warm, encouraging atmosphere that my teachers provided me with as a developing horn player. I want to help each student achieve their goals, whatever those may be.

Each individual is different, and I carefully plan each lesson to be tailored to each student’s needs and goals. In our lessons, we will go over many important aspects of playing the horn: fundamentals exercises, etudes, solos, excerpts and more! I can help you prepare for your youth symphony audition or All-State audition, or assist with learning school band music. What we cover in your lessons will depend on your goals. Ultimately, my goal is to help students to become their own best teacher. I want to give students the skills they need to expand their toolbox and have the tools necessary to approach various music that they may be learning or want to learn. I also want to make playing the horn fun for my students! I love playing the horn, and I want to share my passion for music with my students!

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Interested in private horn lessons, a masterclass, or need a horn player for an upcoming event? Get in touch with me here!


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