Ms. Carolyn J. Telthorst

Violin, Viola Teacher

Carolyn Telthorst

SAA Member


New Orleans, LA
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At age 5, Carolyn began learning piano, and by age 10 added the study of violin. In 1976 she earned a B.M.E. from Central Methodist University in her home town of Fayette, Mo. Her major was violin and minor was piano, and she had earned a Missouri life teaching certificate from K-12 in vocal and instrumental and 7-9 speech and drama. In the fall of 1976 she began teaching in the elementary school Suzuki string program and conducted a junior high orchestra program in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO. At that time she continued her violin studies with principal second of the St. Louis Symphony, Fryderick Sadowski. She entered the St. Louis Conservatory to begin her Master’s in violin performance under Mr. Sadowski in l979. After her first year she began studying with Canadian concert violinist and educator, Taras Gabora. Upon completing her master’s in 1983 she crossed the Mississippi River to enter long term Suzuki teacher training with John Kendall. By l985 Carolyn had started her own private Suzuki studio in St. Louis county and was playing many gigs and orchestral appointments as a violinist. In l994 she moved to New Orleans, LA and began playing in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as a section violinist. In 1996 her private Suzuki studio had grown in New Orleans and she continued performing gigs in the New Orleans area. To the present day Carolyn continues to teach Suzuki violin, viola and traditional piano in her private studio. This brings her to her 42nd year of teaching and performing.

Other teachers that she has worked with are the late Karol Welcelean from Fayette, MO and Takaoki Sugitani of the St. Louis Symphony. Her piano instructors were the late Marjorie Jones and Thomas L. Yancey from Fayette, and JoAnne Rust from St. Louis.

Carolyn has attended 3 SAA conventions, many chamber music seminars with wonderful coaches from New York and always accompanied her violin and viola students on piano. She has had the wonderful opportunity of being present in lectures where Dr. Suzuki was teaching during the l980’s. In New Orleans she plays violin and piano duo concerts at least twice a year.

At the Telthorst Music Studio the Suzuki philosophy is alive as young students learn their instruments step by step, and with the nurture and love of their parents. Group lessons at various levels take place twice a month and recitals, twice a year.

In Carolyn’s spare time she loves to swim, listen to Classical and Jazz music, attend LPO concerts and recitals at the Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. Beau, her dog, loves all the students and listens, and sometimes sings, as the students are “singing” on their violins!