Biography

Originally from Greenville, SC, Caroline Robinson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Alan Morrison. She commenced organ studies at age 12 under the tutelage of Adam Pajan and later studied extensively with Charles Tompkins (Furman University), Wilma Jensen (Nashville, TN), and Thomas Bara (Interlochen Center for the Arts). Caroline is a recipient of a grant from the J. William Fulbright fellowship fund. Aided by this generous grant, she 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). Caroline recently completed a Masters degree in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, in the studio of David Higgs. In the fall of 2016, she began pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Eastman, remaining in the studio of David Higgs.

As a young performer, Caroline has had the opportunity to play at several important venues in the U.S., including the famed Wanamaker organ at Macy’s (Philadelphia), Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Kauffman Center (Kansas City, MO), The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), and St. Thomas Fifth Avenue (NYC). 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. In summer of 2015, she performed at the AGO Region III Convention in Pittsburgh, PA and at the OHS Convention in the Pioneer Valley/Western Mass. region. She performed at the 2016 OHS Convention in Philadelphia on the Skinner organ at Old St. Peter’s Church, 3rd and Pine.

Caroline is the First Prize winner of the 11th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival, which is held in Wethersfield, CT (2008) and in the Tenth Annual West Chester University Organ Competition (2010). She 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 addition to her academic work, Caroline currently serves as Assistant Organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, under the leadership of Director of Music Peter DuBois. She also holds the post of Executive Assistant for Organ Outreach within the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI). Through both of these roles, Caroline hopes to extend the reach of the pipe organ and its music, making it accessible to as many people as possible.

In addition to playing music, Caroline enjoys running and other forms of exercise, hiking in beautiful places, cooking (particularly Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisine), keeping up with current events, and drawing.

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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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