As the daughter of an opera singer and a music store owner, it only followed that Jennifer Harrison would grow up to be a musician. Choosing the instrument which she felt possessed the most gorgeous tone, she began a life as a French horn player at the age of 11. As a teen, she had the fortune of playing at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts under the baton of Leonard Bernstein.
After her college studies at Northwestern University, Jen played with the New Mexico Symphony for one year and thoroughly relished working as a symphonic player. Since moving to Portland she has been freelancing across the Pacific Northwest region as a classical and even pop rock horn player. She is currently a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Brass Quintet and Portland Columbia Symphony
Orchestra. Jen is also a regular substitute with the Oregon Symphony. In the summertime Jen has been involved with the Sunriver Music Festival, the Bach Festival, and the Astoria Music Festival.
Jen’s most unique musical endeavor is her creation of the Northwest Horn Orchestra, founded in 2007. This ensemble is the perfect fusion of her loves of both classical and pop genres spiced up with non-traditional theatrics. NWHO commissions new compositions yearly, boasts a large library of original horn ensemble arrangements, and has been awarded project grant funding from the Portland-based Regional Arts and Culture Council.
When she is not playing the horn, she can be found hiking the trails of the Pacific Northwest, spending time in her garden, or enjoying life with her wonderful husband, Mike Murphy, and their beloved feline friend, Feldspar.
Crazy Jane Prevails, 2015
First Blast of the Trumpet