A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, David Renfro is the Principal Horn of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2005. He also serves as the ASO’s Chief Development Officer. Previously, David taught horn and chamber music at Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Horn Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His primary teachers included Myron Bloom (The Cleveland Orchestra), Michael Hatfield (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), and Richard Seraphinoff (Baroque and Classical Horn specialist).
David has served as the Principal Horn of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and currently appears regularly with numerous orchestras throughout the region. In addition to his work as an orchestra musician, David maintains an active teaching studio and performs regularly as a chamber musician and soloist. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette lauded David’s performances as soloist in Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 2 with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as “sparkling” and a “musical glory.” David also gave the Arkansas premiere of American composer James Beckel’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated concerto for horn, “The Glass Bead Game,” with the Henderson State University Wind Ensemble. Other recent solo engagements have included Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 with both the Arkansas and Missouri Symphony Orchestras, and as guest soloist performing the Franz Strauss Horn Concerto with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra.
In the summer of 2023, David joined the horn section of the Peninsula Music Festival.