College of Communication and the Arts

Alan Taplin

Alan Taplin has been a member of the Toledo Symphony's horn section and brass quintet since 1981. He has been an arranger for the Symphony since 1980. Alan has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Louisville Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Very active as a freelance/chamber musician in Ohio and Michigan, he has recorded commercially in Detroit, Chicago and Toledo.
Mr. Taplin has a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Michigan in horn performance, with minors in brass instruments, music theory and music history. He studied horn with Louis Stout and Harry Berv, composition with Leslie Bassett and orchestration/arranging with James Dapogny. He has served on the faculties of Olivet College (80-83), Concordia College (83-91), Heidelberg College (91-99), Hillsdale College (05-present), and the University of Toledo (99-present).
Alan Taplin lives in Springfield Township with his wife Carrie (also a horn player-Michigan Opera Theater), and his daughters Emily and Lily.
Last Updated: 6/26/15