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Rod Lauderdale has been the professor of French horn at McNeese State University starting back in 1990. A California native, he holds a BA in Music from California State University, Hayward, and a MM in Conducting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His teachers include Earl Saxton, David Sprung, Joseph Singer, Greg Hustis, and William Scharnberg. He has performed with many groups throughout his career, including the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Symphony, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Young Professional Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, the Mobile Symphony, and the Pensacola Opera. Rod currently performs more than 30 orchestral concerts a year, most as principal horn. He plays with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Rapides Symphony, second horn with the Symphony of South-East Texas, and yes even the Lake Charles Symphony as opportunities present themselves. You can hear his playing as principal horn on the early recording of the Dallas Wind Symphony conducted my Howard Dunn.
Rod is also the conductor of the Lake Charles Community Band and lives in Lake Charles with his wife Susan, principal bassoonist with the ASO, and their Barbe student (drum-major/bassoonist) daughter Dallas.