Carolyn Kirby | French Horn

Carolyn Kirby

Meet Carolyn Kirby, educator, soloist, freelance musician and Principal Horn with the NJWS since its inaugural concert 35 years ago. After starting her musical journey in elementary school on trumpet, Carolyn volunteered to switch to French horn in high school and never looked back. While pursuing her degree in Music at Jacksonville University, Carolyn played with the Jacksonville Symphony earning Principal chair in her senior year. She continued back to New Jersey and taught music in the Paterson Public Schools for 31 years becoming the first band director for the city’s new Arts Middle School and was recognized there as Teacher of The Year in 2002. Throughout the course of her musical career, Carolyn was featured several times with the NJWS and has freelanced with many notable ensembles in the metropolitan area including the Ridgewood Symphony, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Cathedral Symphony and Summit Symphony to name only a few. Carolyn spends her free time reading and sharing with members of her two book clubs. When asked what is currently in her CD player she answered, “The Bach Cello Suites, but my listening varies across different genres.” Carolyn shares her home with her husband Paul, who plays bass trombone with the NJWS. They are both looking forward to another European tour with the NJWS this next summer as part of their future travel plans together.