Corbin wagner

Associate Professor of Horn


Corbin Wagner is a highly regarded horn performer, teacher, and longtime member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Kansas City-born Wagner received a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Professor Louis Stout.  Upon graduation he became a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, retiring in 2013. In 1989 he earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He became the associate professor of horn in the Michigan State University College of Music in 2012 and has served as adjunct horn professor at Oakland University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Wagner has received many prestigious performing honors, including third prize at the 1983 Munich International Horn Competition. He also took first prize at the International Horn Competition, now called the American International Horn Competition of America, in hand horn, valve horn, and horn quartet. He has performed as soloist in the Detroit area, including performances of Schumann Konzertstuck, Strauss Concerto #2, Mozart Concerto #4, the Britten Serenade, Shindig by Godfrey, the Mozart quintet and the Brahms Trio.

In 2014 he Wagner released his first cd, the Wagner Trio. This cd features new works for the ensemble of soprano, horn and piano. He is actively expanding the repertoire for this group through commissions.  In 2018, he will be recording his new cd for soprano and horn.

Wagner also performs with the Peninsula Music Festival, the Palm Beach Opera, The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. You can find many live recital programs on his website,, or check out YouTube. He is an experienced clinician, giving clinics around the country. Wagner and his wife, Wendy, have five grown children.