co-Music Director, Naperville youth symphony orchestra (NYSO)
Carrie Provost’s earliest musical memory is marching around the house beating a pot with a wooden spoon to Sousa marches - a skill that has served her well in her long and storied career as a musician and conductor! Mrs. Provost has been immersed in music ever since, picking up piano and violin at an early age, and continuing to this day as a performing violinist in the DuPage Symphony Orchestra. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, Mrs. Provost has served as an orchestra and Suzuki teacher for the past 38 years. She recently retired from the award-winning orchestra program at Franklin Middle School in Wheaton. She has won several prestigious teaching awards, including finalist for the Golden Apple Award, Illinois Chapter of the American String Teachers Association School Teacher of the Year, and Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator of the Year. Her groups have been chosen to perform at the ILMEA All-State Convention, the Midwest Clinic, and at the State Capitol. Mrs. Provost is a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic. She has mentored many student teachers, and speaks at regional and national music education conferences, giving clinics on developing an exemplary orchestra program. Mrs. Provost teaches graduate level courses at VanderCook College of Music for string educators. Collaboration with composers is a huge interest of Mrs. Provost, and she has been instrumental in the commissioning of several pieces. She is also an ardent enthusiast of alternative styles of music, forming a bluegrass fiddling group at Franklin, and improvising in a 60’s rock cover band. Mrs. Provost and her husband Bob, a retired orchestra teacher, love to combine their passions for exercise and travel, taking several biking trips in Europe and across the U.S. Mrs. Provost is also an active yoga practitioner and is becoming certified as a yoga teacher. They have three grown daughters and three grandchildren.