Carolyn Canfield Cole - Concertmaster

University of Washington alumni and Fulbright scholar Carolyn Canfield Cole moved from graduate work and subsequently a Performance Diploma in Cologne, Germany, to Vancouver in 1981 to join her husband and subsequently to win a position in the first violin section of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Now retired from the VSO, she is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and concertmaster of Lions Gate Sinfonia, an orchestra based on the north shores of Vancouver.

Ms. Canfield Cole is in demand as a Baroque specialist and recently workshopped and performed with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Monteverdi Symposium and has performed in master courses in Irsee, Germany with Elizabeth Wallfisch and in 2007 and 2008 in Toronto with Tafelmusik Summer Institute. She enjoys jamming and performing early music with her friends and colleagues. She regulary performs with Early Music groups in Vancouver and in 2012 toured parts of B.C. with the Pacific Baroque Festival Orchestra.

Carolyn has many passions. Past volunteer work has included writing Education and Outreach initiatives for Lions Gate Sinfonia, to provide a way to seek meaningful connections to neighboring communities. One such project was a 2009 Educational initiative titled “Towards Cultural Harmony”, an after-school program for culturally-diverse teens, addressing communication and tolerance and through team-work, to create a musical composition that represented their collective voices.

In May 2010, a life-affirming Outreach project called “Animal Tales” was presented to the public. The event was a musical collaboration with Lions Gate Sinfonia and The Cascadia Society. This is a North Shore community of special needs adults who work and play with fellow support staff in many artistic areas, including a handbell choir.

Ever the educator, she has a passel of private students, coaches music at local schools and youth groups and enjoys adjudicating music festivals. "I find I need to stay connected to the younger generations. They teach me so much and give without realizing. Very inspirational." She also coaches orchestral excerpts to students preparing for Royal Conservatory Exams and professionals for auditions.

A newcomer to the club of "organic backyard vegetable farmers and greenhouse owners, Carolyn enjoys feeding fresh food to her family in the summers. Past volunteer interests took her out to Abbotsford to work at the Circle F Horse Rescue, but now goes to Langley to volunteer at Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Riding School, an organization focusing on providing a positive life experience for special needs through connecting with the equine. She also volunteers for Cool North Shore, a community environmental awareness group.

Carolyn is also expanding her knowledge base through weekly English riding lessons and a new experience, on-line schooling. Her focus is Arts Management with a special interest in a course called Creative Economy through the University of Massachusetts Arts Extension Service.

Carolyn also is host to international students and has a revolving door. Life inspirations continue to come from her husband and three boys and the people she meets, and from her sweet and aging Airedale dog and the beautiful city and environs of Vancouver.