Caroline Tobin began studying the clarinet at age 13 her freshman year in high school. Not satisfied with learning one instrument, the violin soon followed the next year and it was the violin that became her instrument throughout her undergraduate years at UCLA where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts. A decade later she returned to the clarinet as a Master’s student at CSUN studying with Dominick Fera and Jim Kanter. Following her Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance, she pursued further studies with Mitchell Lurie and Leon Russianoff who influenced not only her playing, but her teaching as well. Caroline became Principal Clarinet with the Ventura Symphony, holding that position for 21 years. Concurrently, she held the Bass Clarinetist position with the Santa Barbara Symphony for 25 years. Upon moving to the Central Coast with plans of retiring, Caroline found herself playing with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Santa Maria Philharmonic and the Mozart Festival Orchestra as well as teaching clarinet and clarinet ensemble at both Cal-Poly and Cuesta Colleges. In addition to being Principal Clarinet with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Caroline holds that position with the Santa Maria Philharmonic, the Symphony of the Vines, and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale.
Lansdowne comes from the Abilene Philharmonic where she oversaw restructuring and growth of the organization. The San Luis Obispo Symphony welcomes Catherine Lansdowne as its new Executive Director starting April 3, 2017.