Carolyn sitting in front of a piano, holding a violin
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Carolyn Liptak

Violin

Carolyn Liptak’s early music education began as a pianist studying under Steven Gentile and then Gary Sipes at the MacPhail Center for Music.

 Her piano accomplishments include soloing with the University of Minnesota Orchestra and winning the WAMSO competition for piano. She was a student performer in the Thursday Musical Club as well as the Schubert Club.

 Carolyn began her violin studies when she was 14. She was one of the first members of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies at its founding in 1972. Carolyn went on to major in violin performance at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL. After studying with various teachers including Victor Aitay (concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony) she won an audition to play with the Savannah Symphony in Georgia where she played for 4 years.

While in Savannah, Carolyn started the first string program in the public school system. Carolyn studied with Detlef Hahn at the Guild Hall School of Music in London for 8 months.

 She moved back to the Minneapolis area and became a private violin teacher and a freelance musician playing with the Rochester Symphony, and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. She currently plays with the the Northern Lights String Quartet and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. She has taught privately for 40 years. She coaches orchestras in GTCYS. She has been a part of the MacPhail School Partnership program since 2013.

Favorite non-musical hobby: Walking outside!

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