Katelyn Benedict, originally from Los Angeles, California, is currently Third/Associate Horn in the New Mexico Philharmonic and is newly the Second horn in The Santa Fe Symphony. Previous to her current position, Katelyn performed as a freelance musician in the Greater Los Angeles area, playing with several ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Santa Barbara Symphony. In addition, she has attended music festivals including Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Round Top Music Festival. Alongside performing, Katelyn has a deep passion for the thriving of the arts through teaching and arts management.
Katelyn earned her bachelor’s degree of music in Horn Performance from the Eastman School of Music, her master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and is currently completing examinations to receive her Doctorate of Musical Art’s degree at USC, majoring in Horn Performance with a minor in Music Theory. Her principal teachers include W. Peter Kurau, Dr. Kristy Morrell, and Steve Becknell.
In her free time, Katelyn enjoys swimming, yoga, reading crime fiction, and spending time with her family.