Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- January 17, 2003
CSU Stanislaus Student Leah Carl To Perform At
California State University, Stanislaus student and violinist Leah Carl
has been invited to play at Carnegie Hall on January 20.
Carl is one of 20 student violinists from throughout the United States
who will join the Mid-America Productions orchestra under the direction
of composer and conductor Lukas Foss in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s
Fifth Symphony. She will play in the first and second violin section.
Rehearsals start January 17.
A triple-major in music education, violin performance and biology, Carl
recently took on the challenge of pioneering a music program at Modesto’s
Central Catholic High School. She hopes to use her multiple major training
to become a science and music teacher.
The 22-year-old Modesto native is in her fifth year at CSU Stanislaus
where she has a full-time class schedule. She was picked for the Carnegie
orchestra after submitting recordings of her violin playing, prompted
by a flyer she saw in the University music department.
“I’m excited about the opportunity, and it will be my first
trip to New York,” Carl said. “I’m really interested
in teaching, but there are opportunities out there to study the violin
at some of the best music schools in the country. I never expected to
go this far with it and still have a lot to learn, so we’ll just
have to see what happens.”
Music has been a big part of Carl’s life since elementary school
when she started playing the violin as a fourth-grader. As a student
at Modesto’s Beyer High School, she expanded her musical skills
to the viola, cello, piano, French horn, hand bells and percussion instruments.
She also taught herself how to play the guitar.
When a music scholarship was offered to her at CSU Stanislaus, Carl
had already established a familiarity with the program through participation
in University music events.
“Leah has blossomed into a terrific violinist,” said Stuart
Sims, CSU Stanislaus Director of Instrumental Studies. “She has
a wonderful superstar combination of curiosity, talent, ability and
dedication that has made her a role model.”
She has performed in the string section of the University’s Stanislaus
Symphony and in 2001 joined the Modesto Symphony as a violinist. Carl
said she has not ruled out any of her career interests at this point,
noting that the medical field is also a possibility.
“I’ve discovered that I really love working with kids and
all kinds of people,” she said. “That’s why I like
the idea of teaching biology and music.”
Contact: Don Hansen (209) 667-3997