Arisia Gilmore moved to Baton Rouge in 2011 to get her Doctorate at Louisiana State University and for a change of scenery from the bustle and cold of Chicago. She is currently principal horn with the Baton Rouge Symphony, principal horn with the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and 3rd horn with the Acadiana Symphony. She has been teaching at Southeastern Louisiana University as Lecturer of Horn since 2012. She has subbed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and plays in pit orchestras at the Saenger Theater, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and Theater Baton Rouge. She had her debut concerto performance in 2013 playing Haydn’s second horn concerto with the Louisiana Sinfonietta. Arisia has also performed as a regional artist at the 2015 Southeastern Horn Workshop. In addition to some of these more traditional performance opportunities she has also gotten to play her horn in ways she never even considered. She is a member of the “Chamber Folk Rock” band Minos the Saint, and if you get to the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade early you might just see her with her horn down Spanish Town Road with a hodge-podge group of dancing, singing, and jamming musicians.
Arisia grew up in Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. She attended The University of Northern Colorado for her Bachelor’s degree, and studied with Jack Herrick and Marian Hesse. She received her Master’s degree from DePaul University, in Chicago, and studied with Oto Carrillo and Jon Boen. Before moving to Louisiana, Arisia was a member of the Gargoyle Brass Quintet, in Chicago, which specialized in brass and organ works. Gargoyle Brass Quintet was able to do some commissions, and played at many American Guild of Organists festivals. Arisia has been an active orchestral musician since her undergraduate years, starting by joining local community orchestras, and eventually playing professionally in Chicago with the Skokie Valley Symphony, and the New Millennium Orchestra. Being a part of so many orchestras with different missions has been a wonderful opportunity for her to see how people of all playing levels can enjoy music in whatever way possible. People enjoying music in any way is important to her and she is an advocate for community music programs for people of all ages.
In high school Arisia learned she had a passion for travel. She was part of an All-State summer band program that traveled to Europe performing in six countries in only twelve days. Traveling as part of your job is something that not everyone gets to do, and Arisia loves that she has had opportunities to play her horn all over the world. Since that memorable trip, Arisia has traveled to play her horn in China with a touring orchestra called “The Hollywood Concert Orchestra,” she has played chamber music in The Czech Republic, participated in a concerto competition in South Korea, toured Spain with her orchestra during her undergrad, and lived in London for a short while and played with the historic Morely College Orchestra. Non-professional travel has included multiple trips all over Europe, and has also visited Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Japan. She dreams of visiting every continent on earth, and many more countries!
Besides playing her horn, Arisia is an advocate for all music and arts. She attends performances presented by friends, colleagues, and mentors, which could be a traditional classical concert, jazz, rock, solo singer-songwriter, or any other style. She supports local artists, and can be found attending art shows by local and nationally known artists. Arisia has loved living in Louisiana where there is such a tradition of music and arts. She feels it has been a real honor for her to be a part of this culture.