As an accomplished flutist and singer, Carolyn Snyder Menke sees no boundaries in the pursuit of music. She has achieved artistry and excellence in interpretation, sound, and technique. As several conductors have commented, her sound on the flute is notably richer and rounder because of her singing background. Ms. Snyder Menke originates from Chicago, Illinois where she had the good fortune to grow up in a musical family. Carolyn has an A.A. in Music from College of Marin in Kentfield, California and a B.M.E. with a concentration in flute from Indiana University. At Indiana University, she studied with James Pellerite, who was principal flutist with both the Detroit and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras and played with the Chatauqua Symphony. After graduation, she studied privately with Peter Lloyd who was the first flutist in the London Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Snyder Menke studied voice with Kathleen Curley, a student of the Juilliard school who taught voice in Jacksonville and the renowned Metropolitan opera star, Marilyn Mims. When Ms. Snyder Menke sang in the German lieder masterclass taught by the renowned Elly Ameling in Oberlin’s Italy program, Elly Ameling exclaimed “perfection!” after Carolyn’s performance of Nacht und Träume. Carolyn also sang several opera roles in Atlanta’s Harrower Summer Opera Workshop including Susannah from The Marriage of Figaro, the foreign woman from The Consul and Irma from Charpentier’s opera, Louise. She won the Thomas Scott Award in Marin County, 2nd place in the NATS competition, and was a quarter-finalist in Savannah Georgia’s American Traditions Competition for Singers. She has performed for many years in a variety of orchestras and ensembles including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Arabesque flute trio, the Marin County Woodwind Quintet, the Arioso Flute Quartet, and currently Vivace, a two flute and piano ensemble. Carolyn has been performing for Body and Soul, the Art of Healing since 2001 and also freelances around the Jacksonville area. Carolyn and her husband study ballroom dancing with Pasha Cherdantsau.
Carolyn Snyder Menke
A MUSICAL JOURNEY
Carolyn Snyder Menke
Raised in a family of musicians, music has been my calling and passion from an early age. From performing at special events to teaching music, I have a wide range of musical experiences. Listen below for some inspiring, uplifting, and soothing music.