Assistant Principal Trumpet player Miranda Cairns joined the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. Cairns holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario, where she studied with Andrew McCandless. Prior to attending the conservatory she completed an undergraduate degree at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario with Anita McAlister.

As an active freelance musician in Toronto, Cairns has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music holds a special place in her heart and she has performed with the True North Brass Quintet, as well as the Toronto Brass Quintet. She is also no stranger to the ballet and orchestra pit, having performed with the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet company on a recent tour to Toronto.

Cairns is from Courtice, Ontario, a small community an hour east of Toronto. She began playing trumpet at the age of 11 and started private lessons when she was 15 years old. She is now happy to pass on all she has learned and enjoys teaching.