Alana Vegter,
aka Freedom Barbie

Alana Vegter is a world-class horn player and educator who concertizes worldwide in both chamber and orchestral settings. She is most currently playing the 2014-2015 season with the New York Philharmonic’s Horn Section as Assistant Principal Horn. She performs regularly with her woodwind quintet, Sospiro Winds, and is a founding member of Genghis Barbie, the “all-female pop french horn experience”. The group made its Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut in 2012 as soloists with the New York Youth Symphony and has released four albums to date. The members of Genghis Barbie are in high demand not only as performers and educators, but also as musical entrepreneurs, and have given hundreds of concerts and master classes nationwide.

Alana received her Bachelors of Music from DePaul University in the studio of Jon Boen. While in Chicago, Ms. Vegter spent two years performing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before moving to NYC to earn her Master's degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Julie Landsman. She was a fellow of The Academy aka Ensemble ACJW, Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates. She performs with DeCoda, an alumni group of he Academy, and with them has performed in hundreds of hospitals, prisons, and schools world-wide. Alana continues to regularly perform chamber music at Carnegie Hall. Her two-year fellowship was chronicled in a full length New York Times article in June of 2009. Highlights from her fellowship include the Carnegie Hall premiere of the Ligeti Horn Trio.

Alana has played with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She has also played with Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Chamber Music Northwest (Portland, Oregon), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), The Verbier Festival Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, and The Aspen Music Festival.

Alana is is the proud mother of two young daughters, Noa (2), and Summer (1), who coincidentally both display a deep love for music. In the spare time that she doesn't have, she enjoys karaoke and cooking new recipes.