Richard Goldfaden, fourth horn player for the Symphony, joined the orchestra in September of 1985. While earning his Bachelor of Music-Performance from the University of Michigan, Richard played the horn in the Toledo Symphony and continued playing with them after graduating in 1978. In 1979, Richard joined OFUNAM in Mexico City, where he remained until he became a member of the Charlotte Symphony. Besides performing with the Symphony, Richard enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities including running, bicycling, hiking, kayaking and relaxing by the lake in Northern Ontario. Richard composes and arranges music for brass ensembles. He also sings tenor at Siler Presbyterian Church, where his wife, who is also a musician, is the director of music.