Carol Rodland

Carol Rodland

Professor of Viola

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Carol Rodland made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager and subsequently won first prizes at the Washington International Competition, the Artists International Auditions, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition, as well as the Universal Editions Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. She currently enjoys a distinguished international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue.

Recent performance highlights have included recitals with Catherine Rodland, organist, at Crawford Hall in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on the AGO Concert Series in Little Rock, Arkansas, and at the Luna Nova Music Festival in Memphis,Tennessee; with pianist Tatevik Mokatsian at the Musikfestpiele Saar in Germany, and with pianist Marcantonio Barone live on WXXI Radio’s “Backstage Pass”.  Recent chamber music festival appearances have included performances at the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and the Skaneateles Festival.  This season’s engagements include return appearances with the New York Women’s Ensemble, as well as recitals in Berlin and Saarbruecken, Germany, and throughout the United States. Teaching engagements include residencies at the Royal College of Music in London, at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Saar in Germany, and at Oberlin Conservatory.

Ms Rodland’s solo recordings on the Crystal and Neuma labels have been critically acclaimed.  A passionate advocate of contemporary music, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works by Kenji Bunch, Dan Coleman, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas.  In 2012, she was co-host of the highly successful 40th International Viola Congress held at the Eastman School of Music. Fanfare calls her playing “delicious” and describes her tone as “larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated”.

A dedicated and much sought-after teacher, Ms. Rodland was appointed in 2008 to a tenured professorship at the Eastman School of Music.  Prior positions have included professorships at New England Conservatory, where she was recognized in 2005 with the “Louis and Adrienne Krasner Award for Excellence in Teaching”, at Berlin’s “Hanns Eisler” Hochschule, at Arizona State University, and as guest faculty at the Juilliard School.  In the summers, she is an artist-faculty member at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, California Summer Music, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop. She has also served on the faculties of the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Aria International Summer Academy, and the Chautauqua Institution. In 2012, she joined the faculty of the Perlman Music Program’s Sarasota Winter Residency.

Ms. Rodland is the founder and artistic director of If Music Be the Food…”, a benefit concert series launched in 2009 to increase awareness and support for the hungry through classical music performances of the highest caliber.  The series’ mission is also to teach music students the importance of utilizing their art to serve in their communities. “If Music Be the Food…” is a fully volunteer endeavor; all of the musicians donate their services, the venues donate the performance spaces, and audience members bring food or cash donations for the local food bank as the price of admission. This concert series has inspired other prominent musical institutions in the US to implement initiatives based on this concept in their own communities, including “If Music Be the Food…” Tampa and Boston’s “Music For Food.”

The recipient of both Fulbright and Beebe Fund grants, Ms. Rodland holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied on full scholarship with Karen Tuttle, as well as an Aufbaustudium Diplom, awarded “with distinction”, from the Musikhochschule Freiburg, where she studied with Kim Kashkashian. She had the unique privilege of serving as teaching assistant to both of her mentors.

Ms. Rodland plays on a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo in 1791. Her bow was made in 2010 by Benoit Rolland.