Carson Rose Schneider

Carson Rose Schneider is an award-winning pianist originally from New Haven, Connecticut and has performed throughout the United States and Europe.  She has been recognized for her collaborative and solo playing, with her recent awards being honorable mention in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2010 concerto competition, top prize in the 2010 Shain Woodwind-Keyboard Duo Competition and honorable mention in the 2010 Beethoven Piano Competition.  She also won second place with the Locke Piano Trio in North Carolina’s 2008 MTNA chamber music competition.

She has varied experience in chamber music, musical theatre, and opera.   Most recently, she was a staff accompanist and class piano instructor for a few years at Eastern Kentucky University.  Through UK Opera Theater’s Schmidt Opera Outreach Program, she served as assistant music director and opera tour pianist for a production of John Davies’ children’s opera Little Red’s Most Unusual Day.  The season concluded with 72 performances for elementary children all around Kentucky.  Other notable work includes two recent summers as a vocal accompanist at Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and positions as rehearsal and pit pianist for several musical theatre productions, including Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.

Ms. Schneider has spent other summers at Aspen Music Festival, the Killington Chamber Music Festival, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Tibor Varga Music Academy in Sion, Switzerland.  Pursuing a strong interest in period pianos, she has also had opportunities to perform in recital at the early piano collection in Ashburnham, Massachusettes and at the Finchcocks Collection in England. 

Her piano studies began at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia with Sandra Carlock when she was in sixth grade.  She has performed in masterclasses with pianists Margo Garrett, Carlos Rodriguez, Robert McDonald, Gordon Back, Gilbert Kalish, and Jerome Lowenthal and been coached in chamber ensembles by Timothy Lovelace, Parry Karp, Paul Rowe, Martha Fischer, Suzanne Beia, Brooks Whitehouse, Jonathan Kramer, Michael Lewin, and Sandra Carlock.  Ms. Schneider graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Music in piano performance under the tutelage of Christopher Taylor and Martha Fischer.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with Clifton Matthews. 

Currently, Ms. Schneider is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano and coaching under the tutelage of Timothy Lovelace at the University of Minnesota.  She also maintains a teaching studio through All Things Musik and is the choir accompanist/organist/pianist at Union Congregational Church in Elk River, Minnesota.