Mary Jo Carlsen, originally from Montana, received her degrees from the University of Washington. After studying with Itzhak Perlman in New York, she moved to Maine in 1982. Mary Jo taught at Colby College for 20 years, and has performed as a violinist, violist, and baroque violinist in France, Italy, Canada, South Carolina, New York, Florida, and around New England. Currently she performs with Bangor Symphony, Portland Symphony, St Mary Schola, Opera Maine, Portland Ballet, and gives occasional chamber music and solo recitals. Mary Jo’s baroque violin, based on and inspired by a 1649 Nicolo Amati, was made for her in 1995 by Robert Beacham of Farmington, Maine. Her first early music performances were in Seattle in the 70s: Seattle Chamber Singers with lutenist Stephen Stubbs, and the University of Washington Collegium Musicum with harpsichordist Sylvia Kind. In France, she joined the ensemble Ars Juvenis in Brittany. During the 90s she performed with the Portland Early Music Consort and Maine Baroque, and now she is very happy to make music with the singers and instrumentalists of St Mary Schola.

Updated: 1/23/2018

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