NWS Fellows Madeline Sharp and Caroline Gilbert host a virtual hangout for the 2014 Side by Side auditions.
Recorded Date: 02-12-2014
Caroline Gilbert is a third-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony and a native of Bloomington, Indiana. While earning her bachelors of music degree at Indiana University (IU), her teacher, Atar Arad, invited her to Keshet Eilon Mastercourse in Israel where her performance was broadcast on the radio in New York. She went on to play with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, work with Michael Tilson Thomas as part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, and toured Turkey, Spain and Germany with the Schleswig-Holstien Festival Orchestra.
While at IU, Ms. Gilbert won the concerto competition, performing Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher as a soloist with the IU chamber orchestra, and was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as part of the "Conservatory Project" series. She was then accepted to The Juilliard School, where she completed her master’s degree studying with Samuel Rhodes and Roger Tapping. She has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for two summers, working with and performing alongside members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and this summer she was invited to Switzerland to participate in the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
Outside the classroom and performance hall, Ms. Gilbert is very involved with community outreach projects. She taught violin for four years as part of the Fairview Violin Project which brought music to a school that was failing according to the No Child Left Behind Act. She was also the violist for Ballet Next, an emerging ballet company in New York City which helped her combine her passions for music and dance, which she studied for 14 years while growing up.