Ned Horner is a native of Springfield, Missouri and is currently the assistant principle violist in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Ned also plays in the viola section of the Fort Smith Symphony in Arkansas and is concertmaster of the Ozark Festival Orchestra.
Horner holds degrees in violin performance from Missouri State University and DePaul University in Chicago, and a Masters Degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri. While at DePaul, Ned served as principle violist in the school’s top Orchestra and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, which serves as the training ensemble for the Chicago Symphony. With the Chicago Civic, Ned enjoyed playing with some of the world’s most illustrious conductors including Daniel Barrenboim and Pierre Boulez and was a member of the orchestra when it gave its Carnegie Hall debut during the spring of 2000.
In his free time Ned enjoys spending time with family, singing in barbershop quartets, and playing fiddle & mandolin with his bluegrass band, The Grass Pickers.