Cara Kizer Aneff joined the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Principal/Utility Horn on April 26, 2010. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, she was an active freelancer, performing with groups such as New York City Opera, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, on Broadway, and regularly as a substitute player with the New York Philharmonic. She has performed as guest principal horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and was a first-prize winner at The American Horn Competition.
A native Texan, Ms. Aneff holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and was the first horn player awarded an artist diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music. Her primary teachers have included Anthony Brittin, Christopher Smith, and former Philharmonic Associate Principal horn, the late Jerome Ashby.