Carole Bestvater

Carole Bestvater strives to share her joy of music with those around her.  She is equally at home in classical and folk genres, maintaining a full schedule as a performer and educator.  Carole relocated from the prairies to St. John’s to pursue studies with Dr. Nancy Dahn at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and loved it here so much that she decided to stay.

Passionate about community and education, Carole founded the Strong Harbour Strings Program, an immersive after school music program based in the belief that communities can be strengthened through the learning and sharing of music.  Carole is also on faculty of the Suzuki Talent Education Program.  As a performer, Carole is a sought after support musician.  You can catch her performing with a number of local bands and ensembles such as Youngtree and the Blooms, High & Lonesome, Sizzle Sisters, Crooked Stovepipe, or performing classical music with the Strong Harbour Strings Collective, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, or the Watershed Ensemble. Carole’s most recent endeavour is The Isabella Project, a brand new initiative co-founded with Lauren Smee, which celebrates the music of women composers.


How many years have you been with the NSO?


Who is your favourite composer?

Too many to list! Ravel, Prokofiev, Florence Price, Bach.

What's the best NSO concert you have seen or been a part of?

One of my most memorable NSO concerts what when we played Sibelius Symphony No. 2. That piece is really special to me, so it was an incredible experience to perform it with the NSO.

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