Carol Thomas Downing


ctdowningviolin, fiddle, recorder, sight singing, music theory.  M.A. Music Education, University of St. Thomas; B.A. Vocal Performance, (summa cum laude), Towson University. Ms. Downing is an experienced violinist, singer, children’s choral director and an avid Celtic & Old-time fiddler. She has trained young musicians from preschool through the university level. She specializes in teaching ages 5 – adult, Suzuki Violin Books 1 – 7, and beginning through advanced fiddling. Her teachers include Berl Senofsky (violin) and Ruth Drucker (voice). Ms. Downing is former faculty member and chairperson of the Musicianship Department at the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she taught violin, musicianship and chorus. Ms. Downing has served on the faculty of the Walden School for Young Composers (Dublin, N.H.) and is a contributing author to The Walden School Musicianship Course: A Manual for Teachers, (2002). She is Founder of the Peabody Children’s Chorus (Baltimore), and Founder/Artistic Director of the Virginia Children’s Chorus. Ms. Downing teaches at her home studio in Portsmouth, VA, at the Academy of Music, Norfolk, and she is the Middle School Music Specialist at Ghent Montessori School. She is a frequent clinician for community Suzuki violin workshops, and conductor and adjudicator for All-City & District Chorus events and frequently performs as a fiddler and singer for Irish events. Each summer she offers a weeklong summer camp: Fiddle Fever! and directs a student fiddle group, the Flowing Tide Ceili Band. Ms. Downing holds Kodály certification and is a member of the Organization of Kodaly Educators, the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In 2004, she was made an honorary lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi at Old Dominion University.