Esteban Garcia is a freelance Horn performer and educator based in San Marcos, TX. He holds a Dual Bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance and Business Administration in Accounting from Texas State University, a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and is ABD for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Texas Tech University.
As an educator, Esteban has distinguished himself by being named Yale School of Music’s “Outstanding Graduate Teaching Artist” at the 2019 Honors Banquet. Simultaneously, he served as Lecturer of Horn at Eastern New Mexico University and Teaching Assistant at Texas Tech University from 2020 to 2022. He is also an advocate for diversity and financial literacy for musicians, having given various lectures on Diversity in Classical Music and Taxes and Personal Finance for Musicians.
As a soloist, Esteban has received numerous awards from various organizations. The International Horn Society named him as the winner of the 2014 Mid-South Horn Workshop Solo Competition in Austin, TX, as well as a winner of the Masterclass Competition at the 2015 International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles, CA. In 2013, he was a semi-finalist in the International Horn Competition of America in Louisville, KY and was named a winner of the Mid-Texas Symphony’s Young Artist Solo Competition in 2014. In 2017, he was 1 of 10 musicians invited by the Minnesota Orchestra to perform in the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition in Minneapolis, MN. The only brass player invited, he performed in the preliminary and semi-final rounds in Orchestra Hall. Most recently, Esteban won the 2022 Concerto Competition at Texas Tech University and will perform as a soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra in Fall of 2022.
As an orchestral performer, he has also received various distinctions. In 2012, the International Horn Society named him the winner of the Dorothy Frizelle High Horn Mock Audition at the International Horn Symposium in Denton, TX. In 2019, 2020, and 2022, he was invited by the Boston Symphony to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, performing under the guidance of its members, as well as performing side-by-side. He held positions with the Amarillo Symphony and Lubbock Symphony from 2020 to 2022 and has recently been appointed as 4th Horn of the Mid-Texas Symphony.
Esteban finds great balance as a full-time accountant for the State of Texas as well as a freelance musician, and strives to inspire others to pursue their many interests by being an example of what it means to be a multipotentialite in the 21st century.