Meet the Musicians

Charles Karschney

Horn

Charles Karschney

biography

Chuck has been second horn in the Symphony for more than three decades.  He began as a student growing up in Seattle where he was featured as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony under the direction of the late Rainer Miedel. Among many accomplishments throughout his career, he traveled and performed at the Blossom Music Festival, Snowbird Festival and spent several summers at the Grand Tetons Music Festival in Wyoming. Chuck attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under Richard Solis and graduated from the University of Washington as a Full Brechemin Scholar. 

Chuck also doubles as the Symphony's production and equipment manager. He designs the sets for every symphony concert, accommodating every possible combination of musicians from small ensembles to over two hundred musicians for Carmina Burana. You'll see Chuck put down his horn during a performance to move pianos in place for performers, reset the stage for string players and move the podium to improve sight lines. 

Chuck is married and has three daughters, all of which are musicians. Beyond his music career, he enjoys car mechanics, rebuilding all types of cars, and often keeps many symphony musicians on the road! 

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