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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Martin King

Office: Kimbrough 343
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 335-8046

Associate Professor of Music, Career Track, Horn Professor

Dr. Martin King is Associate Professor of Horn and Music Education at Washington State University.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from James Madison University, and his Masters Degree in Horn Performance from the University of Alabama. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance at Alabama in 2016.

Dr. King has a wide-ranging playing and teaching career across the United States and around the world. Upon graduation from James Madison University, he took a position teaching middle and high school band in Alleghany County, Virginia. In addition to directing the middle school bands and assisting with the high school band program, King also maintained a large private horn studio. Before coming to WSU, Mr. King taught horn at Mississippi State University, and he served as a teaching assistant at the University of Alabama in horn and musicology. At WSU, Dr. King teaches horn lessons and horn studio, coordinates the Instrumental Music Education program, teaches Music Ed classes, and supervises student teachers and practicum students.

King currently performs in the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet, the WSU Low Brass Trio, and the Solstice Quintet, the faculty woodwind quintet at WSU. Dr. King is a founding member of the Pan-Pacific Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to promoting and performing the music of composers from around the Pacific Rim. He has performed in China, Vietnam, and around the American Southeast and Northwest. King has performed as a soloist with the Saigon Wind Ensemble, at the Southeast Horn Workshop, the Northwest Horn Workshop, with the Mississippi State Chorale, and at a variety of universities across the country.

Dr. King maintains an active orchestral schedule. He is currently co-principal horn in the Washington-Idaho Symphony and performs with the Spokane, Yakima, and Walla Walla symphonies. Dr. King has performed as principal horn with the Guangxi Symphony Orchestra to open the China ASEAN Music Week in 2016. He held the position of principal horn with the Starkville Symphony and has performed with the North Mississippi Symphony, Gadsden Symphony, and Tuscaloosa Symphony. He formerly played with the Waynesboro Symphony from 2008-2011. King recently helped premier the new work “My Way, and How. . .” by Amir Zaheri at the 2015 Southeast Horn Workshop. Dr. King has also premiered Simple Music No. 2 for Woodwind Quintet in 2014 and Douglas McConnell’s “Pied Beauty” for horn and choir in 2015 with the State Singers of Mississippi State University. He has performed with Michael Wilk of Steppenwolf, Jazz guitarist Tom Wolfe, and Birmingham folk music legend Bobby Horton.

Dr. King’s primary teachers are Abigail Pack and Charles “Skip” Snead. He also studied with John McGuire and has played in masterclasses with Eric Ruske and Richard Sebring. King is a member of Phi Kappa Lambda, the College Music Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the International Horn Society.