Dawn Carter is currently in her thirteenth season as the concertmaster of PSCO. She has had the honor of being concertmaster for the Vancouver Symphony, Portland State University Orchestra, and Portland Youth Philharmonic. Ms. Carter has also played numerous performances with the Oregon Symphony, the Honolulu, Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the Boise Philharmonic.

Dawn is in her 11th season of directing Chamber Music Camp of Portland and Stradivari Academy, where she teaches and runs a chamber music program for 110+ students each summer. At this festival, she has also performed chamber music with artists Diane Chaplin, Hamilton Cheifetz, Fritz Gearhart, and Brian Quincey.

Ms. Carter is very excited to have recently formed the Vancouver Youth Chamber Orchestras. She loves teaching and helping students move from beginning chamber groups to professional players.

Dawn received both her Bachelors and Masters of Music in Violin Performance at Portland State University where she studied with Carol Sindell. She also studied and played in numerous master classes for teachers including Joseph Gingold, James Buswell, Herbert Greenberg, and Michael Foxman. Ms. Carter has been the recipient of full scholarships to the Great Woods Institute of Music outside of Boston, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, and the National Orchestra Institute in Maryland, where she performed under the batons of Yoel Levi and Catherine Comet.

Ms. Carter’s recordings with the Oregon Symphony include, Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps, The Firebird Suite (1919). James DePriest, conductor. Delos VR2, DE 3278, and Enrich Wolfgang Korngold, The Sea Hawk, Symphony in F-Sharp.

Ms. Carter was part of the Portland delegation that toured Sapporo, Japan in 1993 playing concerts during the 35th anniversary of the Sister City program between Portland and Sapporo. In 1989, she toured Europe as concertmaster of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and performed in 5 countries and in many halls including Bruckner Hall.

Dawn and her husband Jonathan are the parents of four children Katie, Isabelle, and twins Jackson and Jessica Adeline. Dawn loves to play chamber music with her children.