Kaylene Diaz joined Lincoln’s Symphony as second horn in 2016. An active performer in the Nebraska area, she frequently substitutes with the Omaha Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and Plymouth Brass. In the summers of 2013 and 2015 she performed with the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland, and in the summer of 2016, she participated in Italian Brass Week in Florence, Italy. In the past, she has won competitions and mock auditions with the Southeast Horn Workshop and MTNA.
Currently pursuing the DMA in Horn Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kaylene performs with the UNL Symphony, the Husker Horn Choir, and with graduate brass and woodwind quintets while also managing duties as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She holds a Master of Music from UNL and a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of Alabama, where she studied with Charles “Skip” Snead. In the past, Kaylene has played in masterclasses for internationally renowned horn players, including Dale Clevenger, Froydis Ree Wekre, Stefan Jezierski, Bernhard Scully, and Jeff Nelsen.
Kaylene serves as Adjunct Professor of Horn at Concordia University in Seward Nebraska. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, superhero movies, and watching college football. She lives in Lincoln with her husband and a houseful of pets.