Caitlyn Smith Franklin (Horn), a native of the Chicago area, is a Bay Area freelancer and teacher. Caitlyn has been the Principal Horn of the Stockton Symphony since 2013. She also holds the position of Utility Horn with the Santa Rosa Symphony and 2nd Horn with the Santa Cruz Symphony. While studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Robert Ward of the San Francisco Symphony, Caitlyn also won two regional orchestra positions in 2010: 2nd Horn in the Monterey Symphony and 4th horn in the Fort Collins Symphony (CO). With a very active freelance orchestral career, Caitlyn performs regularly with numerous Bay Area orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Opera San Jose, the Marin Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Napa Valley Symphony, Merced Symphony, Fremont Symphony, the SF Academy Orchestra, and the Magik*Magik Orchestra. In addition to her freelance work, Caitlyn maintains a small teaching studio and also enjoys playing woodwind chamber music.
During the summers, Caitlyn has also performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, at the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Brevard Music Center, the Pierre-?Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific.
Caitlyn holds Bachelor’s degrees in music (horn performance) and biology, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Miami in 2008. Subsequently, she earned her Master of Music degree in horn performance in 2011 and her Professional Studies Diploma in 2012, both from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.