Carol Carlson

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Carol Carlson


Office: 175A Doudna Hall
Tel: 608.342.1143
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Dr. Carol Carlson


Degrees and Schools

  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Currently ABD; UW-Madison
  • Master of Music, 2010; UW-Madison
  • Graduate Certificate in Music Performance, 2008; International Center for Music, Park University
  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2006; Truman State University


Violinist Carol Carlson is an avid performer, a devoted teacher, and a successful creative arts entrepreneur.  She has performed solo recitals and chamber music across the United States and in Europe.  Locally, she performs with the Pecatonica String Quartet, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of Duo Mendota; the duo completed a four state recital tour during the summer of 2010.  In November 2012, Carol was co-presenter of the UW Dance Department Faculty concert Facets with choreographer/UW Madison dance professor Marlene Skog.  There she gave the premiere performance of her third composition commission, a collaborative work entitled Rock Paper Scissors; at Facets, Carol also performed her compositions Village (2012) and The Swan (2010).  The Madison Isthmus stated, “[Village] is sexy and strong … musician and composer Carol Carlson is an ideal collaborator”.

Carol is currently ABD in pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance at UW-Madison; she studies with Professor Felicia Moye, whom she previously served as teaching assistant.  Carol also holds the Master of Music degree from UW-Madison; the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Truman State University; and the Graduate Certificate in Performance from Park University.  In 2011, Carol co-founded, and now co-directs, Madison nonprofit organization Music con Brio, which provides low-cost violin lessons and equipment to underprivileged children.  Music con Brio currently serves over seventy students representing nine Madison schools.  Carol also maintains a private studio of violin, viola, piano and voice students.  She lives in Madison with her husband, who is also a musician.

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