Marnie Sebire

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Marnie Sebire was introduced to the piano at a young age and then violin before blowing her first notes on the French horn at age thirteen. She began a Bachelor of Music degree in Canberra and later transferred to Sydney where she graduated with honours from the Conservatorium in 1998.

During those years of study Marnie was also involved in Sydneyʼs musical theatre scene and many programs run by the then newly formed Australian National Academy of Music. In 1997 she was principal horn of the Australian Youth Orchestra and in 1998 was contracted by the Adelaide Symphony for the first Australian production of Wagnerʼs Ring Cycle. In 2000 Marnie successfully auditioned for a permanent position in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights have included performances at the opening ceremonies of the Sydney Olympics and the Rugby World Cup; playing in the centre of the SCG before a Swans match, and most recently strapping on her horn to climb the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and blast out a few fanfares with the Symphonyʼs Brass Ensemble. In 2008 Marnie played solo french horn with the rock band Silverchair and toured with them for the national Big Day Out performances. Other collaborations include performances and recordings with Powderfinger, The Whitlams, The Sleepy Jackson, Billy Thorpe and Josh Pyke.

Marnie has toured with the SSO throughout Europe and Asia. She has also played with the major Australian orchestras, the New Zealand Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic.

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Rachel Silver

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne & Sydney
Education: Victorian College of the Arts, Australian National Academy of Music

Rachel Silver joined the horn section of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013, having previously been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and all of the Australian professional orchestras.

Raised in Melbourne, she came to the horn relatively late, after learning other instruments. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours at the Victorian College of the Arts, studying with Graeme Evans. She then went on to complete the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music. As a member of the Jeunesses Musicales World Youth Orchestra, she toured Europe and Asia.

Rachel Silver is committed to teaching, and has taught at tertiary institutions in both Melbourne and Perth, as well as tutoring at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Players, National Music Camp and Young Symphonists programs. She is also an accomplished pianist, having completed her Licentiate in Music Australia diploma, and performs regularly as an accompanist and associate artist in recitals.

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Gabrielle Webster

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College for the Arts

Gabrielle Webster began studying horn with her father at the age of 10 and completed her studies at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia under legendary Principal MSO Hornist Roy White. She has held principal positions with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Hungarica in Germany where she also performed with the Cologne Brass Soloists and the Stockhausen Ensemble.

She performs regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, and Chicago Chamber Musicians, and has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony. She is a member of the Australian World Orchestra, and has been a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival for 26 years.

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