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Caroline Stinson

Associate Professor of the Practice of Music


Cellist Caroline Stinson performs widely as a chamber musician, soloist, and recitalist, committed to giving equal expression to music old and new. She has appeared at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Gardner Museum, and Smithsonian; the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe; and the Centennial Centre in Canada. Ms. Stinson has premiered and commissioned dozens of new works, including significant additions to the repertoire from William Bolcom, John Harbison, Paul Moravec, Steven Stucky, and Andrew Waggoner, many during her nine-year tenure with the Lark Quartet in New York City. She performed Esa-Pekka Salonen's solo work YTA III at the composer’s recommendation at Scandinavia House and (le) Poisson Rouge in New York; premiered John Harbison's Invention on a Theme of Shakespeare for solo cello and string quartet at the composer’s festival in Token Creek, Wisconsin; and performed Carter’s Triple Duo on two continents with Pierre Boulez. In recent seasons, Caroline has appeared in recital in New York sponsored by the Finnish Consulate, the ISCM League of Composers; in Brussels, Belgium; with Accroche note in Strasbourg France; and in Copenhagen, Denmark. She serves as Principal Cello with Orchestra Lumos in Connecticut, directed by Michael Stern. Caroline’s solo CD, Lines - European Lineages in American Music, is on Albany Records and she appears on close to twenty chamber music recordings on Albany, Naxos, Koch, and Bridge.

A resident of New York City for almost 20 years, Caroline taught cello and chamber music in the Pre-College Division at the Juilliard School and was an assistant to Joel Krosnick. She taught cello and chamber music at Syracuse University from 2004-2013, has given masterclasses across North America, in Mexico and Europe, and taught at NYU Summer Strings. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Ms. Stinson studied with Tanya Prochazka, Alan Harris at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Maria Kliegel at the Hochschule für Musik, Köln, Germany, and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she received her Master of Music degree and the Artist Diploma. Together with her husband, composer Andrew Waggoner, Caroline directs the Weekend of Chamber Music in the Southern Catskill region of upstate New York.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of the Practice of Music · 2018 - Present Music, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

The Juilliard School · 2008 M.Mus.
Cleveland Institute of Music · 1997 B.Mus.