Xin He

Ellicott City, MD

Yale School of Music, MMA 2024
Yale School of Music, MM 2023
Eastman School of Music, BM 2020

Xin He is a horn player based in New Haven, Connecticut and is a student at the Yale School of Music. Ms. He has performed with groups such as Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as a substitute musician and the Eastman Philharmonia. Ms. He has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute + Festival in 2022, 2021, 2019 and 2018, respectively. She was invited to the Eastman Philharmonia China Tour. In Winter 2020, Ms. He participated in the 52nd annual New York String Orchestra Seminar. In November 2020, she performed for the MET Opera Orchestra Horn Masterclass.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
Related to my love of rabbits, I am very involved in local rabbit rescue and care. I believe it is important for human beings to use their time to give back to their surroundings, especially to those who don’t have a voice. If there is one thing I hope people learn from me, please don’t adopt bunnies for kids and for holidays – they are a lifetime commitment!
My dream is to have the finances to start my own bunny rescue one day.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Andrea Clearfield

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love taking care of and bonding with my rabbits. I have a pair of bunnies, Bonnie and Watson!

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
Experience with repertoire is something I know I lack in any audition pool and in general I want to learn professional skills from playing in large ensembles. I want to learn to be a great colleague!