Carol Whitman


In addition to her violin talents, Carol Whitman has played the organ for the First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach for many years.

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I am the daughter of an orchestral musician; my mother, Carol Hughes, played in the Louisville Orchestra for over 40 years. I am the very proud mother of three grown accomplished children, whose friends think my job is really cool. We've taken several road trip vacations and come home speaking nicely to each other! I played in the Louisville Orchestra for two years before moving south and have been in the violin section here for 32 years. I'm beginning my 10th season as principal music librarian; when you come into the library, you can expect, a smile, a smart remark and most probably, a hug!

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
Teacher, nurse, don't really know.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
Read, Dirt therapy (gardening), sewing and needlework craft projects (i'm trying to finish some now that I started 30 years ago!)

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
playing alongside my friends and colleagues, giving a gift to the listener.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
walking (beach, looking for shark's teeth)

Do you have a favorite team?
Mine is a house divided - FL/GA in football, Atlanta Braves for baseball, University of Louisville for basketball

What is your favorite food?
home-made ice cream

Who is your favorite composer?
Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

What’s currently on your Ipod?
Trivia games - gotta keep the mind nimble!

Bachelor of Music Education with Honors from University of Louisville