The University of Northern Iowa Horn Choir was founded in 1982 by Dr. Thomas Tritle, Professor Emeritus of Horn at UNI, who served as its director until his retirement in 2006. It is currently directed by Dr. Tina Su, Assistant Professor of Horn at UNI. It is presently composed of about twenty hornists from around the state of Iowa. As its philosophy is to serve not only UNI horn students but to offer performance opportunities for the horn-playing community at large, its membership consists not only of Dr. Su's current students, but a number of the area's professional performers, teachers, alumni, talented high school students, and recreational horn enthusiasts.
The ensemble has premiered many original compositions and transcriptions, and has offered many UNI horn students their first public conducting experience. The group typically performs large ensemble horn choir pieces as well as smaller chamber horn groups such as duets and quartets. In addition to its two yearly concerts at UNI, the ensemble's appearances range from a recent Midwest Horn Workshop to church services, performances with the UNI International Dance Theatre, at the University of South Dakota, and two concerts for the Iowa State Bandmasters Association Conference. The Horn Choir joined with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony in their 2000-01 season opener, performing the hunting horn choruses to Etienne Méhulís La Chasse du Jeune Henri.