B i o g r a p h y
Collaborative pianist and coach Carson Rose Schneider is currently based in Minneapolis, MN, where she is an active coach and performer of art song, opera, musical theatre, chamber and instrumental music. She has also given recitals throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, she was the Music Director for Skylark Opera Theatre's production of Most Happy Fella and was made a partner in the The Lied Society, an organization in the Twin Cities that promotes art song in recitals and traditional salon house concerts. Additionally, she is the pianist and interim choir director at Union Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Elk River, MN.
In June 2019, she had her first summer faculty position as a collaborative pianist at Bay View Music Festival's summer song, opera scenes, and recording program, called S.O.A.R.S. She was also on the staff of Lakes Area Music Festival as répéiteur for their production of La belle Helene. This 2019-2020 season has also included her second season as music director of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera young artist program and work as pianist for Lyric Opera of the North's touring production of Massenet's Cendrillon. Coming up, she will continue work with local companies such as Arbeit Opera Theatre and expand her coaching studio. This past 2018 season saw her working as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist at Virginia Opera, a resident artist coach at Opera North in Lebanon, NH, and her first season at Fargo-Moorhead Opera.
Before moving to Minneapolis, Dr. Schneider worked as a staff accompanist at Eastern Kentucky University, where she collaborated with student and faculty vocalists and instrumentalists. She also served as Assistant Music Director and Tour Pianist for the Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (associated with the University of Kentucky). Their production of John Davies’ Little Red’s Most Unusual Day reached kids in about 72 schools all over Kentucky. Passionate about arts outreach, she has been involved in other opera outreach programs in Minneapolis-St Paul, sponsored by the Twin Cities’ Opera Guild.
She finished her Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano and coaching at the University of Minnesota in Fall 2017, where she studied with Timothy Lovelace. As a graduate teaching assistant, she played and served as assistant coach for the Opera Theatre and Opera Workshop departments. Additional study includes time abroad as a collaborative piano fellow at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and as a piano fellow for Bay View’s mainstage opera program. Productions include La belle Hélène, Così fan tutte, L'elisir d'amore, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Speed Dating,Tonight!, Alcina, Carmen, Suor Angelica, and Madama Butterfly. In addition to her doctorate, she has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BM).