||The Rodland Duo: Carol Rodland, viola, and Catherine Rodland, organ
The daughters of professional musicians, the Rodland sisters began making music together as children. Their individual careers as award-winning performers and teachers have taken them all over the world, and they began performing together professionally as the Rodland Duo in 2002. Recent Rodland Duo performances have included recitals at the Luna Nova New Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, at the 38th International Viola Congress in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Indiana University, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The duo will be featured at the 2016 American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in Houston. Actively engaged in commissioning new works for their unusual combination of instruments as well as creating their own arrangements of existing compositions, their repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary. Critics have called the Rodland Duo’s performances “stunning” and “beyond praise.” American Weavings, their recently released recording on the Crystal Records label, led Gramophone to declare viola and organ “an awesome combination.”
Carol Rodland, violist
Since making her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager, violist Carol Rodland has established an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. Known for adventurous programming, she has premiered and recorded works by Kenji Bunch, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas. Fanfare describes her playing as “delicious... larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated.” Ms. Rodland holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Karen Tuttle and from the Musikhochschule Freiburg, where as a Fulbright and Beebe Fund Scholar, she studied with Kim Kashkashian. She has held professorships at New England Conservatory, where she was recognized in 2005 with the Krasner Award for Excellence in Teaching, at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, at Arizona State University, and as guest faculty at the Juilliard School. In 2008 she was appointed to a tenured professorship at the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Rodland is also an artist-faculty member at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, California Summer Music, the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop, and the Perlman Music Program Suncoast. She is the founder and artistic director of the benefit concert series If Music Be the Food, launched in 2009 to increase awareness and support for the hungry through the sharing of classical music. This concert series has inspired other prominent musical institutions in the US to implement initiatives based on this concept in their own communities. For further information, please visit: www.carolrodland.com
Catherine Rodland, organist
Catherine Rodland, whose playing has been described as “transcendent” (The American Organist), is Artist in Residence at St. Olaf College. She graduated cum laude with departmental distinction in organ performance from St. Olaf in 1987. She received both the MM and DMA from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she was a student of Russell Saunders. At Eastman, Catherine received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the Ann Anway Award for excellence in organ performance. She is a prizewinner in several competitions including the 1994 and 1998 American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition, The 1994 Calgary International Organ Competition, and the 1988 International Organ Competition at the University of Michigan for which she received first prize. As a result of these competitions she has concertized extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
At St. Olaf Catherine teaches a full studio of organ students as well as music theory and ear training classes. She performs regularly at St. Olaf, recently dedicating the new Holtkamp organ in Boe Memorial Chapel, and performing as a featured soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra and the St. Olaf Band. These performances were all recorded for the nationally syndicated radio program “Pipedreams” on NPR and released as CDs through St. Olaf Records. A specialist in Baroque and 20th century music, Catherine has presented masterclasses on Baroque performance practice and has been a regular part of the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, TN which features yearly premieres and performances of music of living performers. In 2010 she released two CDs: Dedication, and American Weavings, the latter recorded in Boe Chapel at St. Olaf College with violist and duo partner Carol Rodland.