Lily Kern

Frisco, Texas

Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music, 2025

Lily Kern is an undergraduate student at Northwestern University studying horn performance. She attended Brevard Summer Music Festival last summer and in previous summers spent time traveling in Europe. Her prominent teachers include Gail Willams, Jon Boen, and Haley Hoops. In Lily’s free time she enjoys spending time with her dog and finding local coffee shops.

What inspired you to become a musician?
My Parents. They surrounded me with music my entire childhood.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss and Symphony No. 4 by Anton Bruckner

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I almost decided to play the saxophone in middle school instead of the horn because I liked the neck strap.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I enjoy going to the gym, watching romantic movies, and baking.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I know that I lack experience with repertoire so I’m very excited to have the opportunity to learn a lot of new music and at a faster pace than what is usually offered to me. I also love hiking so I’m excited to have that outlet outside of playing.