By Associated Press - Sunday, January 6, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A 23-year-old recent college graduate has landed a coveted spot with the Florida Orchestra and she’s sitting in the most unlikely spot - next to her childhood teacher.

French horn player Kaitlyn Resler beat out nearly 60 other horn players in a blind audition.

She had her first rehearsal with the prestigious orchestra this week and was seated next to 67-year-old Carolyn Wahl. Wahl taught Resler from fourth grade through high school. The two even texted the night before rehearsal as Resler dealt with some first day jitters.

Resler said “she became a second mom to me” over the years.

Wahl has been a horn player with the orchestra since 1974, the longest run of any current musician.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that in the orchestra’s offseason, the young musicians will return to the Juilliard School to wrap up her master’s degree.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),

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