Our new accompanist

carolyn 17We are delighted to have been joined by Carolyn Craig as our accompanist for this season. The current organ scholar at Truro Cathedral, Carolyn comes from Knoxville,Tennessee, and earned her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (IU), where she studied organ with Dr Christopher Young and minored in Conducting and German. During her tenure at IU, Carolyn was the organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, where she worked with the distinguished organist and Chancellor’s Professor Emerita of Music Dr Marilyn Keiser. Carolyn was the recipient of the prestigious Wells Scholarship at IU and received the campus-wide Elvis J Stahr Distinguished Senior Award for academic excellence and campus and community leadership.

As a pianist, among other honours, Carolyn performed at Carnegie Hall as a first-place winner of the American Protégé International MusicTalent Competition.While at IU, Carolyn studied collaborative piano with Professor Walter Huff; she also studied collaborative piano at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she received a Lieder Pianist award and performed in masterclasses for the American soprano Barbara Bonney and Danish opera singer Bo Skovhus. Carolyn served as an accompanist for the IU Children’s Choir First Voices.

An enthusiastic choral singer herself, Carolyn was a soprano soloist and ensemble member of IU’s most selective choir, NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and performed with them at the national meeting of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City, Utah. Carolyn also enjoys singing early music and sang for three years in the Burgundian Consort, a Renaissance chamber choir. She recorded with IU’s Concentus for the nationally syndicated radio programme Harmonia Early Music.

Aged 17, Carolyn won the Region IV Quimby Competition for Young Organists, the American Guild of Organists’ (AGO) competition for organists under the age of 24; she performed a Rising Star recital for the 2014 AGO national convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, Carolyn has featured as a soloist on the nationally syndicated American Public Media radio programme Pipedreams, and has performed recitals throughout the United States, Austria and the United Kingdom, including solo recitals at St Paul’s Cathedral in London and Winchester Cathedral.

Carolyn comes to Truro as the 2018-2019 organ scholar at Truro Cathedral. As the above shows, she loves choirs and keyboard instruments, and she has told us how excited she was to become out new accompanist. We’re only week three into the season, and rehearsals – and Carolyn’s entertaining warm-ups – are going brilliantly, so we could not be more pleased to welcome her to TCS!