Kate Carter is a versatile performer and passionate educator. An award-winning violinist, she made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in February of 2014.
As a concerto soloist, Kate has frequently appeared with the Elmhurst Symphony, with whom she is Assistant Concertmaster. In the 2015-2016 season, she will perform Bloch’s Baal Shem with the Mid-Columbia Symphony in Washington.
Kate performs with the ensemble Camerata Chicago, with whom she toured Europe in 2013. An alumna of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she also appears regularly with the Chicago Philharmonic, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and other Chicago-based ensembles.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in duo, trio and quartet performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, Green Mill, Sounds of the South Loop, (Un)familiar Music Series, Chopin Theater, and many others. She frequently performs in recital with pianist Louise Chan.
Kate is a dedicated instructor of violin and a registered Suzuki instructor with over 15 years of experience teaching all ages, from beginners to college students to adults. She earned the Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance in 2011 from Northwestern University, where she was teaching assistant to Gerardo Ribeiro. She earned the Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she was teaching assistant to Lynn Blakeslee. She is currently on faculty at Lake Forest College, the Merit School of Music, the Elmhurst Music Academy, and the Christopher Laughlin School of Music.Kate is passionate about the psychology of performance, helping students to achieve their best performance while also increasing self-confidence and a sense of well-being. She has presented lectures at Chapman University, Salt Creek Music Teachers’ Association, and others. She blogs about performance psychology and other performing-related matters at www.fearlessfiddler.com.
Carly Stein | Voice
Carolyn Jeanette Stein hails from the suburbs of Chicago where at a young age she sang for Mstislav Rostropovich at a Chicago Gala in his honor. More recently, Ms. Stein created the title role in the U.S. Premiere of Silla by G.F. Handel and was a Pine Mountain Music Festival Resident Artist. Ms. Stein has sung with the Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Chicago Opera Theater and Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Carolyn holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she was awarded the Helen Haxton Stare Presidential Scholarship. While attending NEC, Ms. Stein studied with Luretta Bybee, was featured in a masterclass with Renée Fleming, and played the roles of Clori (L’Egisto), Dorothée (Cendrillon) and Rosa Gonzales (Summer and Smoke). Prior to her work at NEC, Carolyn studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Salzburg Mozarteum. Carolyn attended the Chautauqua Institution under the direction of Marlena Malas, singing the roles of Mother Goose (Rake’s Progress) and Annina (La Traviata). In addition to her classical roles, Carolyn was a member of the American Musical Theater Ensemble in New York under the direction of Carolyn Marlow. Carolyn's upcoming engagements include Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist and Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus.
Learning how to sing is about personal development and individual progress. I am a big proponent of maintaining physical health and proper singing technique which is juxtaposed with the focus on the emotional nature of music. These two ideas are crucial for any developing singer.
It is important for me to develop trust with all of my students as we work towards the discovery of their fach. I never like to push my students beyond their natural ability and prefer to work towards singing goals in a healthy manner. Being confident in knowledge of vocal pedagogy (anatomy, physiology, and acoustics) is important to any singer and allows students to work towards a proficient vocal methodology. As students' technique becomes stronger, it is my role to help them connect emotionally to the music as communicating powerful messages is the mark of a fine singer.
In my studio, I believe that each student is unique and will require an individual path towards common voice goals. One of my strengths is my ability to communicate and teach vocal technique. Having more than 17 years of vocal pedagogy education, I have achieved a high proficiency and developed methods to explain these techniques to all of my students.
As a student
I grew up in Northbrook, IL. Growing up, music lessons was a magical privilege that I got to take part in once a week. My father and my teacher exposed me to music from all over the world, in languages that were completely foreign to me and this is what sparked my interest in classical music. When I started lessons, I began singing lyrical musical theater. My teacher was diligent and instructed me that the most important thing to learn first was proper vocal pedagogy. As I became more solid in my technique, we moved onto art song and arias. Of course - we did have fun to!
More than anything, I like to bake. There's something special to me about taking the chaos of different ingredients and putting them together to make something delicious.