As a member of Virginia Opera’s 2018-2019 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist’s Program, Carson Rose Schneider is the pianist and coach for the Fall education outreach tour. Currently based in Minneapolis, MN, she has given recitals throughout the United States and Europe, and is an active performer and coach of chamber music, art song, choir music, opera, and musical theatre. Most recently, she worked as a resident artist coach at Opera North in Lebanon, NH and was the principal coach for the Fargo-Moorhead Opera young artist program.
Before moving to Minneapolis, Dr. Schneider worked as a staff accompanist at Eastern Kentucky University, where she played for two voice studios along with instrumentalists. She also served as Music Director and Tour Pianist for the Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (associated with the University of Kentucky). Their production of John Davies’ Little Red’s Most Unusual Day reached kids in about 72 schools all over Kentucky. Passionate about arts outreach, she has been involved in other opera outreach programs in Minneapolis-St Paul, sponsored by the Twin Cities’ Opera Guild.
She finished her Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano and coaching at the University of Minnesota in Fall 2017, where she studied with Timothy Lovelace. As a graduate teaching assistant, she played and served as assistant coach for the Opera Theatre and Opera Workshop departments. Additional study includes time abroad as a collaborative piano fellow at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and as a piano fellow for Bay View’s mainstage opera program. Productions include Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Speed Dating,Tonight!, Alcina, Carmen, Suor Angelica, and Madama Butterfly. In addition to her doctorate, she has other degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BM).