Carlann Evans

Carlann Evans

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First season with the SO: 2002

Hometown: Westlake, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland)

Degrees / Colleges: Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College, and Masters Degree in Violin Performace from the University of Texas at Austin

Age you began playing an instrument: Piano at 5, clarinet at 9, saxaphone at 14, and started violin at 17

Award / Musical Accomplishment you are most proud of: Latest endeavor is having finished the CD Musical Tales vol. 2 as a member of Musicians Out of the Box, promoting cultural literacy through setting fairy tales to famous classical music. One of My heart's passions!!

Style and make of your instrument: Petrus Gaginni 1978 Modern Italian, and Garner Wilson Bow.  (Interesting side note: There are two other colleagues in Sarasota that play on the same violin and the same bow!)

Hobbies / interests: I am an official "birder", I love to do yardwork, and since 2014 I am training and have been participating in races and triathlons when I am able to do so on weekends.  I also like to watch my son in The Might Sailor Band at Sarasota High School.

Personal Fact / Something you would like people to know about you: I get the giggles in rehearsals sometimes, I have a dog and a cat that are way better than TV, and I'd still like to be in a jazz-celtic-fusion band!!

My Dream is to: Spend more time bringing great music to as many people as possible, including  giving lessons to disadvantaged children who WANT to learn music  in our area schools.  That dream is going to become reality soon.   And I still want to do my own outdoor lawn concerts.

Carlann Evans is a member of the violin section of the Sarasota Orchestra. She was formerly a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Gran Canaria, Spain.

During her time in Spain, she also performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, the BBC Scottish Symphony and toured extensively throughout Europe and worked with conductors and artists such as Osmo Vanska, Matthais Bamert, Fredericka von Stade and Rostropovich. Coming to Florida, she played with the Naples Philharmonic and The Florida Orchestra before coming to Sarasota.

Carlann received her Bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and Master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and has studied with Eugene Gratovich, Donald Weilerstein, Gary Kosloski, and Stephen Clapp (Oberlin/Julliard). During her summers she studied at the National Repertory Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festivals.

Since moving to Sarasota, she has built up a large private teaching studio, teaches at Lakeview Elementary, Fruitville Elementary, and is the Conductor for the Beginning Orchestra at the Gulf Coast Home School Fine Arts Music School. In 2009 she recorded with Musicians Out of the Box their second CD.

Carlann plays a modern Italian 1978 Gaggini, loves the outdoors, and does the many races and triathlons in Florida. Her two teenagers also keep her running and she is so excited to continue playing in this great orchestra in our beautiful city of Sarasota!

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