Caleb Quillen has performed with the Chicago, Boston, Houston, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. While in school Caleb was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He was also a Zubin Mehta fellow in 2016. Caleb currently holds a position in the Kansas City Symphony, where he has been since 2016. 


Caleb Quillen’s education includes a Bachelors in Music from New England Conservatory where he studied with Donald Palma, co-founder of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Lawrence Wolfe of the Boston Symphony. He also holds a Masters in Music from Rice University where he studied with Paull Ellison and Timothy Pitts.

Caleb Quillen Bass


In this episode, we talk to bassist and member of the Kansas City Symphony, Caleb Quillen about the psychological impacts of the orchestral audition process. We discuss the financial and emotional insecurities that many musicians face in addition to the pressures of the audition and assert the importance of mindfulness both in the practice room and the audition room. Caleb leaves us with some food for thought on the symbiotic relationship between understanding ourselves and understanding music.