MM University of Alabama
BM State University of New York at Stony Brook
Violinist Carol Setapen has a rewarding career as a performer and teacher. She plays with Ars Viva, the Lake Forest Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Elgin Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta and in orchestras around the country, including the Denver Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, San Francisco Ballet and Opera, Birmingham Symphony, and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival. Ms. Setapen was associate concertmaster of the Midsummer Mozart Festival in California and of the Amarillo Symphony. She has also performed chamber music as a member of the Amphion String Quartet and with the Amarillo Chamber Music Society.
Ms. Setapen enjoys teaching students at all levels. She has also been a Suzuki parent, raising two children in Suzuki programs. In addition to her work with the DePaul University Community School, she founded the Suzuki program at the Montessori School of Lake Forest. She has taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Midwest Young Artists, the Denver Suzuki Institute, the Amarillo College Suzuki String Program, and in the award winning “Music Makes the Difference” - an interactive program for elementary school students.
Ms. Setapen has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master of Music from the University of Alabama. She has Suzuki certification for books 1 through 10 from James Maurer at Denver University. She has studied with Paul Zukovsky and Henry Rubin, and taken master classes with Joseph Gingold, Richard Burgin, and Joseph Silverstein.