Tod Bowermaster, a native of Ottawa, Illinois, is Third Horn of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1995. He studied with Dale Clevenger and Richard Oldberg at Northwestern University, and also had the opportunity to work extensively with the famed pedagogue Arnold Jacobs. Noted for his "gorgeous solo playing" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and his "golden-honey tone" (Kansas City Star), Bowermaster has appeared as a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony on numerous occasions, and served as Principal Horn for the 2002-2003 season. He has also performed as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and many orchestras throughout the Midwest. Prior to his appointment with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, he was a member of the Honolulu Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. Winner of the American Horn Competition and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, he continues to enjoy performing in both solo and chamber music settings.
Mr. Bowermaster has participated in numerous chamber music festivals nationwide, including the Kapalua Music Festival on Maui, the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, Summerfest in Kansas City, the Innsbruck Festival outside of St. Louis, Strings in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the Landmarks Society Chamber Concerts on the island of St. Croix.
He is also in demand as a teacher, having given recitals and masterclasses at many of the nation's top music schools. Recent engagements have included guest teaching appointments at Northwestern University, the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory, and Rice University. He currently serves as lecturer of horn at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and maintains an active teaching studio in his home. He lives in Kirkwood, Missouri with his wife and two children.