Hilary Harding began playing the French horn at age 11. Upon graduating in 1996 from Caldwell County High School in Princeton Kentucky, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Ill., where in 2000 she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and in 2007 she earned a doctorate of musical arts at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Her horn instructors include Martin Hackleman of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., Peter Landgren formerly of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Kazimierz Machala, formerly of the Sydney Symphony in Sydney, Australia. While living in the Washington DC metro area, Hilary has been an active performer with the National Symphony, Washington National Opera, Washington Symphonic Brass, Annapolis Symphony, and Fairfax Symphony. Hilary Hart has been serving in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band since 2003, and was recently named Assistant Principal French Horn. With them she has performed in a wide variety of ensembles from soloist to chamber musician to section horn. Hart was a feature soloist on the 2008 National Concert Tour with the Marine Band.