Dr. Peggy DeMers
Dr. Peggy DeMers, Associate Professor of Horn, joined the Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, (SHSU) faculty in 1991. Her musical and horn studies were at the Cincinnati Conservatory (M.M.) and the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.M., D.M.A), with Douglas Hill and Michael Hatfield. Her extensive teaching, orchestral, and other ensemble experience includes principal horn with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and with orchestras in Wisconsin, Minnesota and New York. Currently she is principal horn of the Lake Charles, Louisiana Symphony.
From 1993-98 she was a member of the Spoleto Festival USA and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto in Italy and has appeared as guest artist (principal horn soloist) at the Mezzogiorno Concert series sponsored by the Gian Carlo Menotti in conjunction with the Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy. Since 2004, Peggy DeMers has served as faculty/guest artist at the Assist Music festival performing primarily chamber music during the summer in Assisi, Italy.
Dr. DeMers' research and performances on the Alphorn have been recognized as truly authentic. She has given lectures for the International Horn Symposium in the USA and for regional workshops. She was featured on the cover of the AAA Home and Away magazine (summer 1991) performing on the Alphorn, and in the Minnesota American Traveler (1992). In 1999 she recorded "To the Winter Sun" by Douglas Hill on Thoughtful Wanderings, a MSR Classics label. In 2006, Dr. DeMers was the guest artist performing on the Alphorn for the Sigma Alpha Iota tri-annual national conference in Orlando, Florida. In 2007, the Swiss embassy requested her to perform the Alphorn for the opening of the IMAX Eiger mountain documentary film.
John Griffith invited Peggy to instruct at his first annual Midwest Alphorn Retreat in 2009 in Lagro, IN. She led the retreat in 2010 and will again be the instructor in 2011. When she is available between her many other teaching and performing duties, she serves as Alphorngruppe Alpentraum's honorary musical leader, historian and guest artist.