Linda Kimball is principal horn of the WCO and Madison Symphony

The exciting musical life of hornist Linda Kimball includes performance, teaching, arranging, and composition. In addition to her active orchestral career, Linda had been involved extensively in chamber music; having been a decades-long member of both the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, the Whitewater Brass Quintet, and the Artemis Horn Quartet.

Linda served on the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for 35 years. She created the annual UW-W “Fall Horn Festival” – a day-long extravaganza for horn-players of all ages. The lack of excellent music for young horn ensemble prompted Linda to begin writing and arranging; she has over four dozen compositions and arrangements, ranging from Mozart to Broadway show tunes. Having recently retired from her teaching position at UW-Whitewater, Linda looks forward to having more time for creating music.

The horn has taken Linda to Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Scotland, and Sweden, and sometimes to the orchestra pit at the Overture Center for Broadway shows like “The Lion King” and “Wicked.” Linda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.