Hector Montalvo twice-named first chair french horn

Hector Montalvo

Lydia Lunceford

Hector Montalvo

Meet Hector Montalvo, a senior in band this year at Lanier High School. This past school year, he auditioned for the annual All-State competition and was named First Chair French Horn.

The audition usually takes place, “In December, usually the second Saturday, and the All-State audition is in January,” Montalvo explained. For All-State, each student has to go through an audition process. If they are accepted, they will then learn three to four songs and perform them at a concert together.

Montalvo is well-known for his passion for performing music, and according to his fellow band student, Shannon Leahy, “He is very talented, … [but] he’s not just talented. He works endlessly on his music, [and] he’s very passionate about it.” Hector is also known for being a well-rounded musician.

Montalvo was very excited when he found out he was accepted, stating, “I was really excited for [the concert], we worked really hard, and so just seeing that pay off [was nice to see] and being with other people who play really well.”

In addition to making All-State, Hector has made many other accomplishments as well. Just last year, Montalvo was accepted into the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

According to the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (AYSO) website, AYSO is a division of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra(ASO), and “strives for national preeminence among youth orchestras, while cultivating the artistic growth and excellence of its members through enriching orchestral experiences and mentoring by ASO musicians.” The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony’s purpose is to “provide a positive musical experience in an artistic environment for advanced instrumentalists in wind and percussion performance.”

Overall, Montalvo enjoyed the experience because of his love of performing and playing
music. He plans to continue playing the french horn in college, and plans on majoring in horn performance.

Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. (2021). Ayws. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved October 6, 2021, from https://www.aso.org/education-community/atlanta-symphony-youth-orchestra.