DSO member since 1999
David Everson, Assistant Principal Horn, has been a member of the DSO since 1999. A native of Livonia, Michigan and the son of two musicians, David studied at the University of Michigan with the highly-regarded orchestral player and revered teacher Louis Stout. While in school, David was a member of the Flint and Toledo symphonies. Upon leaving Michigan, he accepted the position of Associate Principal in Kansas City, where he was eventually named Principal Horn—a position he held for 13 years. While in Kansas City, he was a frequent featured soloist with and founding member of the Grammy-nominated Kansas City Brass. David has been guest principal in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
As an educator, David has served on the faculties of William Jewell College, Washburn University, and his alma mater, the University of Michigan. He has played in various music festivals around the country and is in demand as a clinician and chamber musician. He is also a sought-after private instructor and believes strongly in the development of future horn players. He taught for years at the Cranbrook Academy and continues to mentor students through the DSO's various education programs.
For the past eight years, David has also worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles. He can be heard on more than 150 soundtracks (including James Cameron’s Avatar, his first movie, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and has recorded with big names such as John Williams, James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino and Alan Silvestri. "Hollywood," as he is sometimes called, can also be heard on albums by Josh Groban, Seth McFarlane, Idina Menzel, Barbara Streisand, and Neil Young.
David lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan with his wife, Jill. When he is not playing his horn he enjoys travel, fine wine, fishing, and golf.