Johnny Pherigo, Principal French Horn(back to musicians page)
"I must study politics and war so my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy."
Favorite composer(s) to listen to?
Johann Sebastian Bach
Favorite composer(s) to perform?
I ran the Boston Marathon in 1998.
If you could blink your eyes and be in a favorite place right now, where would it be?
Rocky Mountain National Park
Johnny Pherigo is Professor of Music at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches horn, coaches brass chamber music, teaches a musicians’ health and wellness class, and teaches on-line music appreciation. Previously, he served as Chair of the UCF Music Department 2004–2009. Pherigo was on the music faculty at Western Michigan University 1983-2004, where he was Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music, Director of the MFA in Performing Arts Administration program, taught horn, and performed in the Western Brass Quintet and Western Wind Quintet. He also taught at Virginia Tech and the University of Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Music degree from Catholic University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois.
Pherigo is Past-President of the International Horn Society and has served as Editor of the Horn Call, Journal of the International Horn Society. He hosted the 33rd International Horn Symposium in 2001 at Western Michigan University. Pherigo is active as a recitalist and clinician on both valve horn and natural horn, performing at universities and workshops nationally and internationally. He has served as Associate Principal Horn of the United States Air Force Band and Principal Horn of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He has been a soloist with the Air Force Band, the Western Michigan University (WMU) Symphonic Band and the WMU University Symphony Orchestra, and at regional and international workshops for the International Horn Society. Pherigo has presented clinic/recitals at the College Music Society National Conference, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference National Convention, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Midwest Clinic, and the Virginia Music Educators Association Convention.