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Joseph Rounds

Horn
Reed Smith Chair honoring Tom Todd
Horn player Joseph Rounds grew up in a musical family in a small town in Missouri where his father taught trumpet at Northwest Missouri State University and his mother taught piano.  He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, his mother's alma mater, where he studied horn with Verne Reynolds.  Studies continued with James Decker at the University of Southern California.

Since 1987, Rounds has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra serving as assistant principal, second and fourth Horn.  Previously, he held positions with the Sacramento Symphony and the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra.

As an instructor of horn, Rounds is currently on the faculty of Duquesne University, as well as a frequent guest clinician at the Eastman School of Music. 

He has attended many summer festivals including Bellingham Music Festival, Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs and Buzzard's Bay Festival in Massachusetts.  He performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Schumann's Konzerstück for Four Horns in 2004 and 2015.

Rounds currently holds a third degree black belt from the Young Brothers Tae Kwon Do Institute under the guidance of Grand Master Young Bo Kong, and resides north of Pittsburgh with his wife.