During her musical career, Carol Kersten has been an active teacher and performer. She is the founding and continuing director of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony Academy String Orchestra (1979) and Preparatory Strings (1991 She also directs the Shaver Lake Chamber Music Camp in the Sierras each summer. This five day camp for invited student musicians, organized in 1983, continues to be a source of fun and musical learning. She also teaches privately in her studio. Carol Kersten studied violin at CSU Sacramento and the University of Oregon. She studied violin pedagogy with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Japan. Mrs. Kersten performs with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and several chamber groups. She has held permanent positions with the Sacramento Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and the Eugene, Oregon, Symphony. For many years she performed with the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Orchestra. This year she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Community by the American String Teachers Association.
If it isn’t already on your calendar, come hear Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra members play as special guests with Black Violin, presented by Cal Poly Arts, at the Performing Arts Center on