Horace Greeley began his musical instruction at the age of three, studying piano with a student of Lesitchitsky. Taking up the bassoon nine years later, he stopped studying piano in order to concentrate on the bassoon. He studied bassoon with Frederick W. Moritz (long-time Principal Bassoon of the Los Angeles Philharmonic). As that study unfolded, he studied theory and composition with a student of Nadia Boulanger, analysis with a student of Heinrich Schenker; and conducting with Frederick Zweig, a former Principal Conductor of the Berlin Opera. Later, as Principal Bassoon of the Blomstedt International Conducting Workshop (held at Loma Linda University), he studied conducting with Maestro Blomstedt during the fifteen years that the workshop was held.
In support of both his study of conducting, and his growing work doing concert and recording work for Steinway, Bosendorfer, Baldwin, Yamaha, and Kawai, Mr. Greeley attended or participated in a number of Master Classes.
Mr. Greeley says: “While in part motivated by my work as a concert piano technician, my interest in piano performance techniques extended far beyond that. My own nine-year study of the piano provided the foundation on which all of my other musical work has been based. Much of the success that I have had as a musician and concert technician has been grounded by paying very close attention to the teaching and performance techniques of the artists like those mentioned above.”
Mr. Greeley began a two-year apprenticeship in piano technology in the Summer of 1966. In 1968, he began work as the concert technician for Cerritos Community College, Cerritos, CA. Quickly coming to the attention of the Steinway Concert & Artist Department for Los Angeles, in 1969 he was invited to attend seminars at both Steinway Hall and the Steinway Factory in New York. From then until 1995, he spent an average of two weeks per year in further training at Steinway & Sons, with the time split roughly evenly between the Hall and the Factory. These trips were to take advantage of further training opportunities made available to him by Steinway and Sons. Areas of training included: design and construction, learning many specific manufacturing techniques unique to Steinway; and concentrating extensively on the concert preparation of instruments for top artists for public performances as well as for recording purposes. Mr. Greeley has also attended numerous technical seminars provided by Yamaha, Baldwin, Bosendorfer, and Kawai.
In 1970, Mr. Greeley became the Head Concert Technician for the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, Royce Hall, UCLA; a position he held until his relocation to the San Francisco Area in 1987. In 1986, My Greeley became the technician for the Monterey Symphony, Monterey, CA; a position he held until 2018. As a master Steinway technician, Mr. Greeley has worked in a wide variety of venues, supporting many artists in varying situations; and providing top-quality service to a large number of private clients.