Arisia Gilmore is originally a native of Colorado, but has lived in Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, London, England, and most recently, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently holds positions with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Acadiana Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony, and has been a sub with the Louisiana Philharmonic. You can also find Arisia in the under-ground pits of the Saenger Theater, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and Theater Baton Rouge. She has been the Lecture of Horn at Southeastern Louisiana University since 2012. Arisia had her debut as a soloist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta in the spring of 2013, performing Haydn’s second horn concerto. In 2015, Arisia performed the David Amram horn concerto as a regional artist at the Southeastern Horn Workshop. While living in Chicago, Arisia was a member of the Gargoyle Brass Quintet, which specialized in Brass and Organ works. This ensemble toured the Mid-West and performed for several American Guild of Organists festivals. She was also a member of the Skokie Valley Symphony and the New Millennium Orchestra.
In addition to some of these more traditional performance opportunities she has also played her horn with groups she never even considered. She is a member of the “Chamber Folk” band Minos the Saint, and if you get to the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade early you might just see her playing her horn while strolling down Spanish Town Road with a hodge-podge group of dancing, singing, and jamming musicians.
Arisia loves to travel, and has been fortunate enough to have played horn in some of her favorited countries. She has toured China with The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, participated in a brass concerto competition in JeJu, Korea, went to a chamber music festival in the Czech Republic, and played in two community orchestras while she lived in London.
Arisia attended The University of Northern Colorado for her Bachelor’s degree, where she studied with Jack Herrick and Marian Hesse. She received her Master’s degree from DePaul University, in Chicago, studying with Oto Carrillo and Jon Boen. She is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying with Seth Orgel and minoring in Arts Administration.
Arisia has loved living in Louisiana where there is such a strong tradition of music and arts. She frequently attends performances of all genres of music, visual art shows of local and nationally renowned artists, and is actively involved in the arts scene in Baton Rouge. She ishonored to be a part of the arts community in southern Louisiana.