French Horn player Jill Boaz grew up in Chicago-Winnetka, Illinois. Jill became interested in music because her mom plays the piano. She began playing the French horn when she was 10. Jill attended Indiana University and studied with Philip Farkas and Northwestern University where she worked with Dick Oldberg.
Before joining the ISO in 1990, Jill played as an extra musician in the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada and as 4th horn in Owensboro, Kentucky. She also freelanced in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, and Bloomington, IN.
Winning the ISO job is not only Jill’s most memorable audition experience but also her fondest ISO memory. The day after she won the ISO job, Raymond Leppard announced to the orchestra that they had “made an honest women of me.”
Jill plays a Carl Geyer horn made in 1946. She has played it 22 years. Jill’s favorite composers are the Beatles. “They are the greatest.” Jill has taught as an adjunct at the University of Indianapolis and teaches at Center Grove Schools.