Hometown: Louisville, KY Member: 1982
In addition to her violin talents, Carol Whitman has played the organ for the First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach for many years.
What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
My mother played violin in the Louisville Orchestra for more than 45 years including that orchestra’s performance in Carnegie Hall in 1950. While attending the University of Louisville, I won a position in the same orchestra and played in the same section with my mom for two years until graduation, marriage and moving south.
What teacher, mentor or other influencer inspired you the most?
An elementary school teacher demonstrated to me the joy of giving the gift of music, a model which has been reinforced by many other teachers and colleagues.
What do you do in your spare time?
I try to keep ahead of the weeds in my new landscaping (dirt therapy), needlework, walking on the beach and catching up with my children and three grandchildren.
What has been your favorite moment on stage?
Favorite memories include the Symphony’s 1998 performance in Carnegie Hall (gotta keep up with Mom!) and sharing the stage with my tuba-playing son during the Major-Minor Concerts (another family tradition!). One special moment was during a runout concert (a concert at a venue outside of Jacoby Hall), when the bass drum got loose during Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and went rolling down the risers, coming to rest beside the piccolo player. No harm done, but the visual was fabulous!
Do you have pets?
I have three grand-dogs: Jack (miniature dachshund), Wrigley (“blue” pit bull) and Desmond (boxer/pit mix). All three dogs love to be loved! Jack has been known to play “fetch the ball” for four hours without a break; the humans involved had to switch out!
Who is your favorite composer?
I can’t choose one but I have a favorite quote from a German opera house:
Bach gave us God’s word.
Mozart gave us God’s laughter.
Beethoven gave us God’s fire.
God gave us music that we might pray without words.
Bachelor of Music Education with Honors, University of Louisville.