B.M. Lawrence Conservatory; M.M. University of Wisconsin-Madison
The exciting musical life of hornist Linda Kimball includes performance, teaching, and arranging/composition. Linda is principal horn of both the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra on several occasions. In addition to her active orchestral career, Linda is involved extensively in chamber music; having been a decades-long member of both the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, and the Artemis Horn Quartet. She is a founding and current member of the Whitewater Brass Quintet.Chamber music performance has taken Linda to Austria, Germany, France, Scotland, Sweden, and all around Wisconsin. Linda recently checked Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 off her “horn bucket list” with performances at John Harbison’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival.
Linda has been the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty hornist since 1984, where she is the creator and artistic director of the annual “Fall Horn Festival” – a daylong extravaganza for horn-players of all ages and abilities. Recent festival themes have included: “The Jazz-tastic Horn,” “The Intergalactic Horn,” “Horns Go Halloween” and most recently “Horn Superheroes!” The lack of excellent music for young horn ensemble prompted Linda to begin writing and arranging; she has over four dozen compositions and arrangements for horn ensemble, ranging from Mozart to Broadway show tunes.
Linda and her UW-W horn students visit music programs around southern Wisconsin to present “The History and the Mystery of the Horn,” playing garden hoses, animal horns, conch shells, and valve-less horns, in addition to their regular horns. The program is designed to be fun, educational, and inspirational.