Caroline is a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway specialising in Early Modern English Catholic music (both in the English household and English convents abroad). She has a Master’s degree from Royal Holloway and a Bachelor’s in Music (first-class with honours) from the University of Edinburgh.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Caroline originally trained as a violist at the University of Michigan junior conservatoire and Huron High School arts programme. Upon embarking on an academic music degree, she recognised her love for composition and history, and realised how intertwined the two were. Since then, she has been immersed in some of the world’s top early music scenes, and has worked hard to promote feminist historiography in early music performance circles.
Over her time as a Bachelor’s student, Caroline studied conducting with Greg Batsleer and Russell Cowieson. She also completed a choral conducting internship with the Scottish Chamber Choir, under Iain McLarty. Caroline has conducted the Information Services Group Choir, New College Choir at the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Dick Veterinary School Orchestra, and served as Musical Director for Le Petit Verre Opera Production’s premiere production, Hansel and Gretel. She has also assisted as conductor with the Dalkeith Singers, the Edinburgh Practice Choir, the choir of Greyfriars Kirk, and the tour choir of the Edinburgh University Singers (alongside Dr. John Kitchen, MBE). In 2016, Caroline started a mixed voice choir called Voces Inauditae, an ensemble dedicated to the integration of lesser known composers into the world of choral music, with an emphasis on gender equality. At least half of each programme contain music by female composers. They also work to include composers from traditionally marginalised social groups, as well as giving up-and-coming composers the chance to premiere their work.
Also whilst at Edinburgh, Caroline was a choral scholar at Greyfriars Kirk for two years, and is finishing one year at Morningside Parish Church. She regularly deputised around Edinburgh, including the Robin Chapel, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, and St. Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral. In the past, she has sung with the Edinburgh University Singers, the Reid Consort, Pusey House (Oxford), and the Bethlehem United Church of Christ Chancel Choir. In the past, she has served as co-principal violist of the Edinburgh University Music Society Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra, Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Edinburgh Charity Orchestra.
As a composer, Caroline has previously studied primarily with Gareth Williams and Peter Nelson, as well as briefly with John Traill. Caroline’s compositions have been performed around the country, featuring performances by Christ Church Cathedral Choir, the Edinburgh Composer’s Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St. John’s Chapel (Oxford), Wolfson College Choir, and more. She was recently the student Composer-in-Residence at the Picture Gallery of Royal Holloway, in conjunction with the New Voices Consort.
Caroline’s research revolves around the music of 17th- and early 18th-century English convents in exile. She has managed multiple projects featuring her research (including a concert at Christ Church Cathedral, The Life of St Frideswide, in 2019). She recently led a TORCH-funded project as conductor and primary investigator for The Gentlewomen, an opera collage exploring femicide, music, and the troubled lives of three members of the 16th century ensemble the Concerto delle Donne.
Now in Oxford, Caroline currently conducts Wolfson College Choir. Caroline is a singer at Eton College, and deputises around Oxford. She also plays viola/violin regularly with various folk ensembles, as well as with the Bate Players, as well as freelancing around the city.
“Developing Approaches to Integration of Works by Female Composers Into Sacred Choral Repertoire: An Oxford Based Ethnography”
Minors, Helen Julia and Hamer, Laura, eds. (2021) The Routledge companion to women and musical leadership : the nineteenth century and beyond. Routledge. (In Press) FORTHCOMING
“Regina Caeli” Multitude of Voyces’ Anthology of Sacred Music by Women Composers , Volume 2 – Upper Voices Anthems (Stainer & Bell 2019), featuring Caroline’s reconstruction of an antiphon from St Monica’s English Augustinian convent in Louvain.