Ellie O’Hare joins New Groove in Philadelphia

My Story

When I was in fourth grade, I remember sitting in the band room listening to all of the different instrument options being played in front of me, but I wasn’t really paying attention because I already knew which instrument was going to be my first choice. Without hesitation, I circled the french horn on the instrument survey and nearly fifteen years later, I can say with confidence I made the right choice! I have always been in love with the look and sound of the horn. I feel as though that love is constantly growing as I continue embarking on my musical journey.

I have taken lessons since day one and have always strived to be the best person and player I can be and to be ahead of the curve. With the help of all of my wonderful teachers, I continue making progress as a player and a person every single day. When I was in fifth grade I was playing in the sixth grade band, in seventh grade I was playing in the eighth grade band, in high school I played in the wind ensemble. Outside of regular school, I took every opportunity to play in my community. I was part of three bands, an orchestra and a brass quintet called 14 Valves and a Slide. Some of my favorite memories and best friends were all made in these groups.

As I continue my education, I continue to strive for my best and to present my own unique sound and voice. Someday, I hope to have my doctorate in music so I can teach at a university and give back to my students all that my teachers have so graciously given to me.


Danielle (Ellie) O’Hare is a horn player originally from Wallkill, NY. She moved to the Philly area in 2015 when she began her undergraduate degree in Music Performance at West Chester University where she studied Music Performance on French horn with Dr. Elizabeth Pfaffle. Ellie is going into her second year of her graduate degree at Temple University, where she studies Music Performance on horn with Jeffery Lang. In the future, she hopes to hold a multifaceted career in horn performance and teaching, where she shares her love for music and the horn with everyone she encounters.
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