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Dr. Carolann Martin was a Professor of Music at Pittsburg State University for 23 years from 1977 to 2001 when she retired. During that time she was Musical Director and Conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra. She has conducted orchestras in many states throughout the United States of America as well as in England and South America. She conducted the Bournemouth Sinfonietta in Bournemouth, England, UK, and produced a CD of orchestral works by American women composers called "Journeys" which was widely acclaimed and reviewed in the press. The album also included one work recorded with the Arioso Chamber Orchestra in Hartford, Connecticut. This CD was played on National Public Radio in the USA as well as on many radio stations throughout the nation. She was featured twice in Audio Magazine and was the subject of an hour-long interview with Studs Terkel in Chicago's WFMT.
Dr. Martin was the first woman ever to conduct the national orchestra in Paraguay, the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Ciudad de Asuncion. She has conducted on four concerts with that orchestra and has been invited to return. She also conducted a concert with the National Youth Orchestra of Paraguay.
Dr. Martin was winner of the National Adult Conducting Competition in 1980. She was the first woman ever to win or reach the finals in that contest. She conducted several performances of Tchaikovsky's complete "Nutcracker" ballet with the Houston Civic Ballet and the Victoria Symphony in Texas. She was Assistant Conductor two years at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her conducting teachers have included Max Rudolph, Otto Werner-Mueller, Harold Farberman, and Elizabeth Green.
Dr. Martin is also an accomplished cellist and teacher of cello and bass. Her cello instructors include Gorden Epperson, Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, and Frank Miller. She was principal cellist with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony in Iowa. She also performed professionally with symphony orchestras in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Columbus (Ohio), Norfolk (Virginia), and Tucson (Arizona.) She currently plays with the North Arkansas Symphony in Fayetteville and has played with the Springfield Symphony in Missouri. She is a member of the Pittsburg State University Faculty String Quartet.
Her education includes Bachelor's Degree in Music from Oklahoma City University, Master of Arts from Ohio State University and Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a double emphasis on cello performance and conducting from Arizona University. She has had further study at Indiana University and at numerous workshops and clinics.
Dr. Martin is listed in the "International Who's Who of Music," the "World's Who's Who of Women," the "Who's Who of American Women" and others.