Jeffery Whaley

Adjunt Instructor of Music - Applied French horn

Originally from Sevierville, TN, Jeffery Whaley is the Principal Horn of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the principal horn chair in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN. Prior to his return to Tennessee, he held positions with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and Wichita Brass Quintet. Jeffery has also appeared in solo performances, recitals, and on stage with various orchestras throughout the United States and Canada.

Jeffery’s horn studies began at Tennessee Technological University with Prof. Arthur LaBar, previously of the Annapolis Brass Quintet and National Symphony Orchestra. He continued his education at Wichita State University with Dr. Nicholas Smith and was able to foster his passion for chamber music as a member of the Wichita Brass Quintet, an active professional brass quintet performing throughout the Mid-West.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Jeffery takes great pleasure in championing the music of contemporary composers. He has most recently been involved in two new commissions for Horn, Oboe, and Piano Trio: “Partita” by Dr. Gregory Danner and “A Dash of Color” by Dr. Maria Niederberger. The premiere recording of these works was released on Blue Griffin Records in Spring 2013. Jeffery’s playing can also be heard on various commercial recordings including Dallas Wind Symphony’s release of “Lincolnshire Posy: The Music of Percy Grainger,” various video game and theme park soundtracks, and motion picture movies including principal horn on Terrance Blanchard’s score for “Harriett.” (2019)