Carolyn is the Artistic Director of The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, an organization that provides daily instruction on the harp to students in the Atlanta Public School system. Carolyn teaches 50 students each semester in grades 6-12, and arranges much of the music for the ensemble. The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and gives regular concerts that attract sell-out audiences in the hundreds.
Carolyn began playing the harp at age 9. With her father in the Navy, she moved around frequently and was able to study with several notable teachers across the United States, including Nicole Brady, Shrudeli Ownbey, Heidi Tims Hernandez, and Vonda Darr. She also spent 3 years as a harp student in Japan as a pupil of Sakae Haizuka. Carolyn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Brigham Young University in addition to a Bachelor's Degree and Master’s Degree in Harp Performance from the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Carrol McLaughlin.
In July 2012, Carolyn was named a semi-finalist in the Ksenia Erdely International Harp Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Carolyn has had success at national competitions as well, winning third place in the American Harp Society National Competition in 2011 and being named a winner of the Anne Adams Awards in 2008. While at the University of Arizona, Carolyn enjoyed being a member of HarpFusion, and performed in Holland, Belgium, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Brazil as part of the ensemble.
In her spare time Carolyn enjoys performing with symphonies, with recent appearances including Symphony Orchestra Augusta, The Charleston Symphony, The Ludwig Symphony, and The Phoenix Symphony. Carolyn plays frequently for private events and also maintains a private teaching studio in Atlanta. She currently serves as the Southeastern Regional Director of the American Harp Society.