A native of Chandler, Texas, Daniel Hawkins joined the San Francisco Symphony as Utility Horn in September 2017. He was the National Winner of the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Brass solo recital competition in 2014 and won First Place in the Mid-South Horn Workshop Concerto Competition in 2010. Mr. Hawkins has performed with ensembles around the country, including the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony. He has also participated in Masterclasses with several horn pedagogues, such as William VerMeulen, Barry Tuckwell, David Cooper, Gail Williams, and Andrew Bain. During the past few summers, he has participated in numerous music festivals, including the Texas Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, Tippet Rise Art Center, and the Lakes Area Music Festival. Mr. Hawkins began his college career at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas studying with Dr. Charles Gavin. After studying with him throughout high school and one year of college, he then transferred to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance and studied with Gregory Hustis and Haley Hoops. During his time at SMU, he won the annual concerto competition twice in his last two years at SMU and was a featured soloist both times with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. In August of 2015, he moved to Houston, Texas to study with William VerMeulen to receive a Master’s degree from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and snowboarding down the slopes during the winter.