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Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

music@uri.edu401.874.2431 or 401.874.5955

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Cathryn Cummings

  • Artist/Teacher in French Horn
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
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  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Cathryn Cummings is a dynamic musician who is passionate about bringing music and the arts to the public. She served for ten years in the United States Navy Music Program, during which she performed at hundreds of military ceremonies, including those for Presidents and international dignitaries. Public performances with the Navy Band include appearances with the Boston Pops, at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium, and on The Today Show.

A staunch advocate for new music, Cathryn is Principal Horn with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO), an organization dedicated to presenting new and non­standard repertoire for chamber orchestra and smaller ensembles. Some of HICO’s recent activities include commissions and performances of works by five Connecticut composers. Cathryn also serves as HICO’s Director of Development. Equally committed to standard orchestral repertoire, she has held the positions of Principal Horn and Second Horn with the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with numerous other regional orchestras including the Albany (NY), Greater Bridgeport, Hartford, Jacksonville, and New Bedford Symphonies.

Cathryn has performed as a soloist in Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, and Connecticut. Her most recent solo appearances include performances of Lennox Berkeley’s Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano with HICO, Rheinhold Glière’s Horn Concerto with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra in Lake Jackson, Texas, and a lecture/recital focusing on transcriptions for the horn at The Hartt School.

As a dedicated music educator, Cathryn has maintained a private studio of middle school, high school, and adult amateur horn players for more than twenty years. In addition to URI, she is on the faculty of The Hartt School Community Division, where she teaches chamber music and serves as the Woodwind and Brass Chamber Music Coordinator.

Cathryn resides in Hartford, Connecticut with her husband, Eduardo, and their two adorable dogs.


  •   Doctor of Musical Arts in French Horn Performance (ABD), The Hartt School
  •   Master of Music in French Horn Performance, The Hartt School
  •   Master of Science in Arts Administration, Boston University
  •   Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance, Boston University

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