Violin – 18+ years

Piano – 10+ years

Saxophone – 10+ years

Participant in Concert, Marching and Jazz Bands

Additional undergraduate studies in flute, organ, cello and voice

Carolyn Telthorst

At the age of 5, Carolyn Telthorst began piano lessons, and at the age of ten, she added violin lessons to her musical schedule. In junior high, she continued her musical studies on both instruments and added tenor saxophone in order to join the school band program. These instrumental studies were prominent in her life through college, as well as singing in the youth choir at her local church.

Carrie attended Central Methodist College and majored in violin with a minor in piano as a candidate for the Bachelor of Music Education Degree. She was asked to accompany on piano many instrumentalists for their weekly recitals, as well as their senior recitals required for earning a degree. On saxophone, she participated in numerous ensembles and toured yearly with the concert band. Her senior year, she played the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto with the college orchestra, and performed the McDowell Piano Concerto at a state wide competition. These are some of the many activities that occupied her time during her musical training at the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist College, while she was acquiring the Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Upon completion of this degree, Carrie taught in the Parkway School District in west St. Louis County  as a string specialist for two elementary programs and a junior high orchestra. In St. Louis she began violin studies with Fryderick Sadowski, Principal Second Violin of the St. Louis Symphony. Carrie completed her masters of violin performance at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music in 1983, and received long term Suzuki teacher training as a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in l984 and 1985.

Carrie continued to teach and perform in St. Louis until 1994, when she moved to New Orleans to join her immediate family. She continues to teach private violin and piano lessons to thirty plus students in the New Orleans area, and she performs for private and contract bookings.

Her favorite quote of advice is from Gerhardt Zimmermann who said when he lectured a class at the St. Louis Conservatory:

“Never let an opinion given by someone else put you ‘in a box musically.’ You can become the musician you want to be by your personal initiative and hard work.”


Edna Karr High School Orchestra Director

 Suzuki and Traditional Pedagogy, Private Studio, Violin and Piano

1994, 1996, 2001, 2007
Teacher at the Greater New Orleans Suzuki summer Institute

Music talent teacher in Jefferson Parish Public Schools: elementary, junior high and high school

Normandy School District, St. Louis, MO: Senior High Orchestra and Elementary Strings

Southern Illinois University – Spring Suzuki workshop

University City Public Schools – Sunrise Conservatory

Suzuki and Traditional Pedagogy – Private Studio, Violin, St. Louis, MO


SIU-Edwardsville: Graduate Assistantship in the String Project

St. Louis conservatory and Schools for the Arts (CASA), Suzuki Violin teacher

Parkway School District, Elementary String and Junior High Orchestra teacher


Conductor and founding board member of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra

All District Junior High and Elementary Orchestra, Parkway School District

Phi Beta Chorus, Central Methodist College


Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East in Bennington, VT, summers of 2001, 1999, 1994 and 1993

Kindermusik workshop for the obtaining of teaching license for Ages 0-4.

Suzuki Teachers’ Convention in Chicago: May 1991, 1986 and 1984 (the first bi-annual conference)

University of Missouri-Columbia – Introduction to Music Technologies, taught by Thomas McKenney, Composer of Electronic Music and faculty member – summer of 1989

SIU-Edwardsville – Adult Chamber Music Workshop in the summer 1986

Music Institutes

Starling- Delay Symposium on violin studies, Juilliard, 2005

Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in Salt Lake City, UT

Upgrade of Suzuki training – Summer 1998

Johannesen School for the Arts, Victoria, British Columbia

Violin student – summers of 1987 and 1981

American Suzuki Institute, Stephens Point, WS

Teacher observer – Summer 1984


Violin Section – Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

Various concerts as Violin I section member of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Mobile Symphony Orchestra

Violin section member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Violin section extra in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis – Principal II violin

1986-1988 I
llinois Chamber Orchestra – Extra Violin

SIU-Edwardsville Orchestra

Orchestra and Chorus of St. Louis – section violin

St. Louis Conservatory Orchestra – section violin

Kirkwood Symphony Orchestra – violin I section

St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra – violin I section

Marshall Missouri Symphony Orchestra – violin I section

Central Methodist College Community Orchestra – violin I section


Karol Welecelean, Fayette, MO

Fryderick Sadowski, St. Louis, MO

Tara Gabora, St. Louis, MO (now in British Columbia)

Dr. John Kendall, Edwardsville, IL (now in Washington D.C.)

Takaoki Sugitani, Assistant Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony

Josef Gingold (Master Class), St. Louis, Conservatory

Thomas Yancey (piano), Fayette, MO

Marjorie Jones (piano), Fayette, MO


1998 Type C, Instrumental Teaching Certificate, Louisiana

1998 Passed the NTE and obtained a teaching certificate for the State of Louisiana in instrumental music.

1985 SAA-registered Teacher, Volume I – VIII

1984 Graduate Assistant in SIU-Edwardsville String Project with John Kendall – long term Suzuki training

1983 Master of Music in Violin Performance – St. Louis Conservatory of music (59 hours)

1976 Bachelor of Music Education, cum laude, Central Methodist College, Fayette, MO (180 hours)

1976 Life Teaching Certificate – K-12 vocal and instrumental Missouri

1972 Diploma – Salutatorian, Fayette Senior High School, Fayette, MO