Danielle Kuhlmann: Living Her Dream

Photo by Brandon Patoc

Danielle Kuhlmann is one of seven musicians who joined the Seattle Symphony at the beginning of the 2017–2018 season. A Seattle native, Danielle is living her dream as a member of the horn section in her hometown orchestra.

By Martin K. Johansson and James Holt

For Danielle, being a member of the orchestra goes beyond the stage. "It's really special here — the relationship that you're able to build with your audience, your donors, your subscribers. I think it's pretty unique to Seattle."

Growing up in Seattle, Danielle attended Garfield High School, where she was inspired to pursue a career in music, in part, by her participation in Side-by-Side Concerts with the Seattle Symphony. "I'm really excited about the Side-by-Side Concerts," says Kuhlmann. "When I was at Garfield we did the Side-by-Side with the Seattle Symphony and now I'll be playing it again on the other side."

"Realizing my own journey from those experiences — and maybe to be able to influence someone who's on their own path — it's a huge part of why I love being a musician. It's not just performing for people, but also being able to interact with people and share what I've learned."

On January 5, 2018 the Seattle Symphony will perform a Side-by-Side Concert with Garfield High School at Benaroya Hall, where Danielle and her fellow Symphony musicians will once again have the opportunity to mentor and provide inspiration for a new generation of orchestra musicians. The performance is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged.

Welcome to the Seattle Symphony, Danielle!

Thank you!

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Posted on December 13, 2017