A native of Oklahoma City, cellist Wesley Hornpetrie now enjoys performing, collaborating, and teaching around the Washington D.C. region. She is mostly active as a member of ensembles and collectives, including Girlnoise, Virago, and her new music cello quartet, Hole in the Floor. Additionally, she is the executive director of Michigan-based music festival, Third Place [MusicFest].
Wesley has recently collaborated with composers including Bryce Dessner, Annika Socolofsky, Tanner Porter, among others, and ensembles including Roomful of Teeth, JACK Quartet, and the Grand Rapids Ballet. She has been coached in chamber settings by yMusic, Harlem quartet, and International Contemporary Ensemble.
She has been featured on numerous music festivals, including New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music, the Midwest Composers Symposium, Novus New Music, Inc. and GrandStand Music Festival, among others. She will make her first appearance at Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival this summer.
As an educator, Wesley taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Sewanee Summer Music Festival String Academy, and has been the mentor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles cellists. Her students have been accepted to Interlochen Fine Arts Camp, Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, Michigan High School and Middle School All-States, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Additionally, she serves on the Sewanee Summer Music Festival advisory board.
Wesley holds degrees from The University of Michigan and Oklahoma City University, studying with Anthony Elliott and Tomasz Zieba, and is currently pursuing her DMA at the University of Maryland, studying with Dr. Eric Kutz.