Corbin Wagner is a highly regarded horn performer, teacher, and longtime member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Associate Professor of Horn at Michigan State University. He is also the horn instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
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, retiring in 2013. In 1989 he earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He became the associate professor of horn in the Michigan State University College of Music in 2012 and has 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, now called the American Horn Competition of America, in hand horn, valve horn, and horn quartet. He has performed as soloist in the Detroit area, including performances of Schumann Konzertstuck, Strauss Concerto #2, Mozart Concerto #4, the Britten Serenade, Shindig by Godfrey, the Mozart quintet and the Brahms Trio. He has also performed as a soloist at four horn workshops. Wagner was a judge at the 2017 American Horn Competition of America.
In 2014 he Wagner released his first cd, the Wagner Trio. This cd features new works for the ensemble of soprano, horn and piano. He is actively expanding the repertoire for this group through commissions. He is now commissioning works for a new cd of Spanish music for horn, soprano , and piano, to be recorded in 2018.
Wagner was a 30-year member of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and is currently a member of the Peninsula Music Festival, playing fourth horn. He performs regularly with the Palm Beach Opera, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is an experienced clinician, giving clinics around the country. Wagner and his wife, Wendy, have five grown children. and are richly blessed by God.