Meghan Guegold Hege
Meghan Guegold Hege will join The Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant/Utility Horn at the beginning of the Blossom summer season in July 2023. Previously, she has been Principal Horn in the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras. She frequently performed with The Cleveland Orchestra over the previous 13 years as an extra and substitute horn player. She has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. She has regularly performed chamber music throughout northeast Ohio.
Mrs. Guegold Hege was a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) from 2011 to 2022, coaching Conservatory chamber music students and teaching horn lessons and coaching chamber music through both the Preparatory and Continuing Education division (Prep) at CIM and the Joint Music Program (JMP) with Case Western Reserve University. Her Prep and JMP horn students have gone on to pursue additional music degrees at CIM, the New England Conservatory, the University of Michigan, the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Royal College of Music in London, England. She was also Chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion department for CIM Prep.
A northeastern Ohio native, Mrs. Guegold Hege has a master’s degree in performance from CIM, where she studied with Richard King, and a bachelor’s degree in performance with honors from the University of Akron, where she studied with William Hoyt. She has also studied with Rick Solis, Eli Epstein, and David Jolley, and been mentored by hornists Julie Landsman, Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, and Gail Williams. She attended the summer festivals of the Music Academy of the West, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Artosphere Arts and Nature Festival. She was a recipient of a Presser Foundation Scholarship at Akron, a winner in two Tuesday Musical Association scholarship competitions, and has been a featured soloist with the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras. Her orchestral studies began her senior year of high school as a member of the horn section of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.
Mrs. Guegold Hege is married to orchestra conductor Daniel Hege. They have lived in Syracuse, NY, with Daniel’s three beautiful daughters, Arianna, Anna Sofia, and Sabina, and their white boxer dog, Ellie. They are also welcoming a baby boy in early September 2023.
Joining The Cleveland Orchestra as a member of the horn section has been a life-long goal for Mrs. Guegold Hege, and she is deeply honored and grateful to make music alongside her teachers, mentors, and friends in this historic and prestigious orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst.