Biography

Originally from Greenville, SC, Caroline Robinson is a Doctoral candidate in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, where she received the Master of Music in Organ Performance in Literature in 2016. Caroline received the Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Alan Morrison.  Aided by a grant from the J. William Fulbright fellowship fund, Caroline studied during the 2013-14 year at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen (organ) and Yasuko Bouvard (harpsichord). Formative organ teachers include Adam Pajan, Charles Tompkins (Furman University), Wilma Jensen (Nashville, TN), and Thomas Bara (Interlochen Center for the Arts).

Caroline has performed in many venues across the US and in Europe, including at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, St. John the Divine, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC, The Cathedral of St. James, LA, and East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh. Her playing has been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams”, “Pipedreams LIVE!”, and Philadelphia-based public radio station 90.1 WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour. She performed at the 2015 AGO Region III Convention and the 2015 and 2016 OHS Conventions, and she looks forward to playing a recital at the 2018 OHS Convention in Rochester, NY.

Caroline is the Second Prize Winner of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP), held as part of the 2018 Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Kansas City. Caroline is the First Prize winner of the 11th annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (2008) and the 10th annual West Chester University Organ Competition (2010). She was a semifinalist in the 2014 Dublin International Organ Competition.

Caroline is the recipient of the 2016 Peter B. Knock Memorial Music Fund scholarship. She was also included in the Diapason magazine’s Class of 2016 “20 Under 30” leaders in the profession.

In August of 2018, Caroline assumes the position of Minister of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pittsford (near Rochester), NY.  From 2014-2018 she served as Assistant Organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, under the leadership of Director of Music Peter DuBois. Additionally, Caroline contributes to the mission of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI), helping to coordinate outreach events and scholarly conferences launched by the Initiative.

Caroline enjoys distance running, having completed her first full marathon in Buffalo, NY, in May of 2018. She enjoys vegetarian cooking, traveling, keeping up with current events, and spending time with family and friends.

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With teachers and mentors past and present: Alan Morrison, Curtis Institute of Music (left), David Higgs and Stephen Kennedy, Eastman School of Music (right)

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