Action shot of Carlynn Savot from the shoulders up. She is playing the cello and smiling in front of a microphone.

Carlynn Savot


Carlynn Savot, cellist, is a teacher and performer in St. Paul, MN. Specializing in chamber music, she has a particular interest in performing new music and working closely with composers, including recording projects with composers Kyle Gann and Dan Romàn and the commissioned work Built on Gravel by Ruby Fulton (supported by the Zachs Endowment Fund).

As a chamber musician, she was selected to be a Goldberg Fellow at the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine and has won the Miami String Quartet Competition at the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut Chamber Festival Competition.

In Connecticut, she performed with the West End String Quartet, serving as the Young-Ensemble-in-Residence at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and presenting a number of contemporary works in collaboration with their composers, including the touring production Criminal Intent with the chamber opera company Rhymes With Opera. She performs in the Twin Cities with the Bishop String Quartet and Strains New Music Ensemble.

Along with performing, Dr. Savot is an active lecturer. Her workshops have included sessions for both students and teachers on a variety of topics ranging from technical aspects of playing to motivation in practice. In the summers, she teaches a cello technique course at the Hartt School’s Summerterm program. She has a particular academic interest in women composers and has participated in the Hartford Women Composer’s Series, giving a lecture performance focusing on Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio. Her dissertation on Clarke’s Viola Sonata explores gender perspectives and their effect on musical analysis.

Strongly committed to encouraging the next generation of performers, Dr. Savot teaches private lessons, Suzuki group classes, and chamber music at St. Joseph’s School of Music in St. Paul and the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. She is on the faculty at Concordia University – St. Paul, the Black Hills String Retreat, and the Sartory String Quartet Institute. She holds performance degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Hartford, and the University of Connecticut.

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