Alan Taplin

Adjunct Instructor of Music, French Horn

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Alan Taplin


B.M., Horn Performance, University of Michigan, 1979

M.M., Horn Performance, University of Michigan, 1980

Other Credentials

Horn, Music Arranger, The Toledo Symphony

Adjunct Professor, University of Toledo


I grew up in Detroit, Michigan. One of my earliest memories is of sitting in front of the “HiFi” on Sunday mornings listening to classical music with my father. From early on, the sound of the French horn was my favorite and sparked my desire to play this instrument professionally.

I have been a member of the Toledo Symphony horn section and brass quintet since 1981, and music arranger for the orchestra since 1980. An avid puzzler, I was drawn to arranging because of my desire to understand the inner workings of music and why some arrangements work and others do not.

I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horn performance from the University of Michigan where I studied with Louis Stout and Harry Berv. Currently, I am on the music faculties of the University of Toledo and Hillsdale College. I have served previously at Olivet College, Concordia College, and Heidelberg College.

My other interests include cooking (anything spicy), reading, juggling, and racquet sports. I live in Springfield Township (suburban Toledo) with my wife Carrie (also a horn player–Michigan Opera Theatre) and my daughters Emily and Lily.