Peter McFarland

Major: Instrumental Performance

Instrument: Horn

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet


Peter McFarland is a classically trained horn player from Yorktown, Indiana. He is a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet and is a Second-year Horn Performance major at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, studying with Professor Richard Todd. At the Frost School of Music, McFarland has performed as a principal and sectional player with the Frost Symphonic Winds, Frost Wind Ensemble, and Frost Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2017, McFarland traveled with the Stamps Brass Quintet to Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina where the quintet served as a chamber group in residence, performing regularly for outreach events and formal recitals. While in Eastern Music Festival, he also performed Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major with the Eastern Faculty Orchestra as well as Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Suite A and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherazade as principal in the festival's student orchestras: the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and the Guilford Symphony Orchestra. As a high school student, McFarland was a regular member of the Indiana All-State Ensembles, and he performed 3 times with the All-State Honor Band, sitting principal twice, and 2 times with the All-State Orchestra, sitting principal once.  He has had a unique upbringing as the son of missionary parents in Papua New Guinea where he was taught horn by Ms. Marlene Schutter and his father, Mr. Bruce McFarland. When his family moved to Indiana during his sophomore year of high school, McFarland grew as a musician under the tutelage of Mr. John Higgins and Professor Gene Berger of Ball State University.