Kelsey Bentley

French Horn

Kelsey Bentley


Ms. Bentley is currently the Second Horn of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. She has made orchestral appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony, and from 2019-2021, was the Second Horn of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.

With playing lauded by ArtsKnoxville as “impressive” and “lovely,” she has been a faculty member of the Bay View Music Festival and is a featured soloist of the Maryland Chamber Winds on their upcoming album.

Kelsey received her Master of Music degree in Horn Performance under the tutelage of Professor Michael Thornton at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music. Her Bachelor of Music degree was earned cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Randy Gardner and Elizabeth Freimuth. She has had additional studies with John Zirbel of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Outside of performing, Kelsey enjoys hiking and spending time with her family, including her two dogs Dolly and Bruno.

* Member of the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra

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