Gregory Roosa, Fourth Horn, joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2003, and performed as a soloist with the orchestra in 2007. His previous positions include Fourth Horn with the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and Fourth Horn with the Colorado Symphony in Denver.
A native of Troy, Michigan, Roosa earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois and studied with Ralph Froelich at the University of South Florida. In 1992, he moved to Chicago to study with Dale Clevenger, Principal Horn with the Chicago Symphony, and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for three seasons. Active as a freelance musician in the Chicago area for eight years, Roosa played the Broadway shows Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon. He also played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which included a European tour and two recordings.
Roosa has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Orchestra in Australia, as well as with the Florida Orchestra and Detroit Symphony in the United States. He has been a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra since 1999, where he met his wife, Amy Jo Rhine, who is also a horn player. Amy and Greg have a son, Norton, born during Greg’s first week on the job in St. Louis.
Roosa is an enthusiastic cyclist who has ridden in several Century Rides in Colorado, and has competed in a professional race to the top of 14,000 foot Mt. Evans, near Evergreen, Colorado, in 2009. Roosa and his family enjoy hiking and camping during their Colorado summers. Gregory Roosa regularly commutes on his bicycle from his home in Kirkwood to Powell Hall.