Douglas Lundeen began his musical training in opera in Manhattan, studying voice with dramatic tenor, Herbert Doussant and repertoire with Metropolitan Opera coach Frank Baselice. At the same time he picked up the horn for fun, teaching himself by playing his vocal exercises and arias on the horn. It was maestro Basilice, whose father had been principal horn of the Met orchestra under Toscanini, who encouraged him to pursue a horn-playing career while he waited for his voice to mature. An engagement with the Orquesta Naçional de Costa Rica in 1979 began his career as a hornist. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Lowell Greer, the internationally renowned horn soloist and early music pioneer.
Equally at home as a soloist, chamber player and orchestral musician on the modern horn, Dr. Lundeen is also well known as a performer on the natural horn. Since winning First Prize in the Natural Horn Division of the 1987 American Horn Competition he has gone on to play principal horn with leading period instrument orchestras in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Montréal, Boston and Washington, D.C., and has recordings on the Sony, Koch, Titanic, Centaur and Musical Heritage Society labels. He is Principal Horn of the Clarion Consort and Sinfonia New York. On the modern horn, he has toured throughout the US and England as a member of Brass Roots Trio (as tenor and hornist), with whom he has recorded three CD’s; and is Principal Horn of the Princeton Symphony. Dr. Lundeen is an associate professor at Rutgers University where he teaches horn, graduate music literature and directs the Rutgers Classical Players.