Kaylene Beal Diaz joined Lincoln’s Symphony as Second Horn in 2015. An active performer in the region, she frequently substitutes with the Omaha Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and Plymouth Brass, and is a founding member of Haymarket Brass, a Lincoln-based brass quintet. She has also performed at the National Music Festival, Italian Brass Week, and the International Horn Symposium. Passionate about diversity and inclusivity in the arts, Kaylene’s past research includes women composers, Cuban music, Mario Bauzá, Elizabeth Raum, and Italian brass pedagogy.
Her primary horn instructors were Charles “Skip” Snead, Lowell Greer, and Dr. Alan Mattingly. Kaylene has also studied with internationally renowned musicians including Dale Clevenger, Frøydis Ree Wekre, Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Bernhard Scully, and Jeff Nelsen.
During the day, Kaylene is Orchestra Manager for Lincoln’s Symphony and Adjunct Professor of Horn at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. She holds a DMA and MM in Horn Performance from the University of Nebraska, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of Alabama, Summa Cum Laude. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, yoga, and counted cross stitch. She lives in Lincoln with her husband and a houseful of pets.