Carol Dylan

Carol Dylan comes from a family of professional musicians and has played violin most of her life. She received her Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from North Park University in Chicago where she was a pupil of Edgar Muenzer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She then received her Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music as a pupil of Charles Castleman and attended the Aspen Music Festival as the recipient of a three-year fellowship to study with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki.

Carol is the assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Sinfonietta and has participated in several of its recordings throughout the years. She can also be heard on WFMT's live broadcast series "Music From Studio One” and “Impromptu”. Carol teaches violin at North Park University and Elgin Community College. She is also a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and first violinist of that ensemble’s string quartet, ESQ. In addition, she enjoys playing in theater orchestras, appearing with various ballet companies such as the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and the San Francisco Ballet, as well as in many Broadway musicals.

As a freelancer, Carol performs with many orchestras in the Chicago area. She has also played in ensembles accompanying stars such as Luciano Pavarotti, Sarah Brightman, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, and Clay Aiken. In her free time, Carol enjoys hiking and camping with her golden retriever Kirsi.