Caroline Kinsey a native of San Antonio, TX, is Principal Horn with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra after 11 years as Principal Horn of the Arkansas Symphony, Little Rock, AR. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 1990 and her Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1993. Ms. Kinsey has toured throughout Europe and Japan, and has been a member of several orchestras across the United States including the Honolulu Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus, OH), and the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestral appearances have been with the San Antonio Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Illinois Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Hawaii Opera Company, and the National Orchestral Institute.
In addition to orchestral playing, Ms. Kinsey has been a guest artist at several horn workshops as well as holding many master classes in Arkansas and Texas. In August of 2004 she was invited and took the opportunity to spend two weeks in Santa Cruz, Bolivia teaching and holding master classes to horn players at the local performing arts academy and air force bands.
Before coming to Memphis in 2005, Caroline was co-founder and principal horn of the Pinnacle Players Music Festival in Little Rock, AR as well as music librarian and Outreach Services Coordinator for the Arkansas Symphony. She was also Horn Instructor at the University of Mississippi “Ole Miss”, Horn Lecturer at the University of Central Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University and The University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Currently, in addition to the MSO, Caroline is the music librarian for the Memphis Youth Symphony and maintains an active private teaching studio. Caroline and her husband, Dan Vidican, own and operate their own business, Lukas Horns, a custom horn building company. And last but certainly not least she a mom to her amazing 6 year old son, Lukas!