Carol Dylan received her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from North Park University in Chicago where she was a pupil of Edgar Muenzer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for six seasons, spending two years as its co-concertmaster. She received her Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship pupil of Charles Castleman and attended the Aspen Music Festival, winning a three-year fellowship to study with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Carol recently celebrated 30 years as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Sinfonietta, having participated in its numerous European and American tours as well as in recordings on the Fanfare and Cedille record labels. Carol is a member of the first violin section of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and performs in that orchestra’s educational chamber concert series, serving as the first violinist of the orchestra’s string quartet. Carol has spent many years as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Midwest Mozart Festival; she held positions on that organization’s Board of Directors as well. She was a member of the adjunct music faculty at North Park University for 20 years and currently teaches violin at Elgin Community College. Carol works frequently with jazz and society bands in Chicago and also in theater and ballet orchestras, appearing in many Broadway musicals and shows. As a free-lancer Carol performs with many area orchestras including Chicago Opera Theater, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. In her free time Carol enjoys hiking, camping and canoeing with her husband Zac and their intrepid Golden Retriever Kirsi.