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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Phyllis A. Carlson - Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumna

Bachelor of Music - 1980

     As a violinist in a Golden, Colorado, youth orchestra, Phyllis Carlson came to UW to perform. "I was thinking about choosing a college, and had looked at several in Colorado. But after that concert in Wyoming, I knew that was where I wanted to be. At the reception after our concert, UW music students took the time to visit with us, and I was impressed with them, with the faculty, and with the beautiful Fine Arts Center. If their object was recruiting, they were certainly successful with me."

As a violinist in a Golden, Colorado, youth orchestra, Phyllis Carlson came to UW to perform. "I was thinking about choosing a college, and had looked at several in Colorado. But after that concert in Wyoming, I knew that was where I wanted to be. At the reception after our concert, UW music students took the time to visit with us, and I was impressed with them, with the faculty, and with the beautiful Fine Arts Center. 1f their object was recruiting, they were certainly successful with me." Carlson was only the second UW student chosen as a Presser Scholar during her years at UW, a distinction given to outstanding music students. Since graduating, Carlson has been a member of the Colorado Symphony, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, the Central City Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. For two years Carlson performed in Australia as a member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Since 1992, she has been a member of the New York National Touring Orchestra for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. She is currently performing throughout the United States, including performances in Denver, St. Paul, Portland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Atlanta. Carlson's UW music professor, Brian Hanly, calls her "a wonderful talent, a wonderful violinist, and a wonderful person." Small wonder, then, that he chose Carlson to teach and guide his students while he was on sabbatical leave in 1988. Carlson, who admits to still getting "homesick" for Laramie, recalls her years studying music at UW as "...a magical time. In fact, if I could choose any group of people to work with, to learn with, and just to spend time with, it would be that remarkable collection of faulty and students. They were simply the dearest group of friends I've ever had."

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