Dr. Carlynn Savot
Cellist Carlynn Savot is a teacher and performer in St. Paul, MN. She teaches at St. Joseph’s School of Music in St. Paul and the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. 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). In the summer of 2011, she was a Goldberg Fellow at the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine.
As a member of the West End String Quartet, Dr. Savot has given concerts throughout the northeast. The quartet presented a number of contemporary works in collaboration with their composers, including the Criminal Intent tour, with the chamber opera company Rhymes With Opera. In past summer seasons, WESQ participated in the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival as well as the Soundfest Chamber Music Festival, serving both in performing and teaching capacities.
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. 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 previously served on the Suzuki faculty at The Hartt School Community Division and the Community School of the Arts at the University of Connecticut, where she held private studios, along with teaching group classes and coaching chamber groups. The West End String Quartet has served as the Hartt Community Division’s ensemble in residence, giving several masterclasses each year. The quartet also directed the chamber music program at Wesleyan University. Dr. Savot holds performance degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Hartford, and the University of Connecticut. She has studied with David Carter, Pamela Devenport, and Kangho Lee.