Praised by Fanfare for possessing a tone which is “larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated”, and for her “delicious” playing, Carol Rodland, violist, enjoys a distinguished international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue.
Recent performance highlights have included appearances at the Musikfestpiele Saar in Germany, on the String Masters Series in Boston, and on WXXI Public Radio’s Backstage Pass. Ms. Rodland collaborates frequently in recital with her sister Catherine Rodland, organist, as the Rodland Duo, as well as with pianists Marcantonio Barone and Tatevik Mokatsian, and cellist Scott Kluksdahl. She also performs regularly with the Portland Chamber Music Festival and the Craftsbury Chamber Players and was the 2014-15 Artist in Residence at the Boston Conservatory. Her recordings on the Crystal and Neuma labels have been critically acclaimed. An active proponent of contemporary music, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works by Kenji Bunch, Dan Coleman, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas, and introduced them to audiences across the globe.
A dedicated and much sought-after teacher, Ms. Rodland is Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. 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. She is also an artist-faculty member at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop. Recent guest teaching residencies have included master classes in the United Kingdom at the Royal College of Music in London, in Germany at the Hochschule Fuer Musik und Theater in Saarbruecken and at the Universitaet der Kunste in Berlin, in Norway at the Valdres Sommersymfoni, and in the United States at Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, and the Walnut Hill School.
Ms. Rodland is the founder and artistic director of “If Music Be the Food…”, a benefit concert series created in 2009 to increase awareness and support for the hungry through the sharing of great music. Teaching music students about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities is also part of the series’ mission. “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”, “If Music Be the Food…Tucson” and Boston’s Music For Food.
Ms. 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 has also been the recipient of Fulbright and Beebe Fund Grants and Juilliard’s Lillian Fuchs Prize. 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.