Ms. Carlson earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance (with honors) at the University of Michigan, and she has done graduate study at The Juilliard School. Her primary teachers include John Mohler, Fred Ormand, Elsa Ludwig Verdehr, and Sidney Forrest. She is a member of The Virginia Symphony Woodwind Quintet and the Virginia Chamber Players and is principle clarinetist with the Virginia Opera. Active as a recitalist and soloist, Ms. Carlson has been a guest artist with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, the Feldman Society, the International Clarinet Society, and the Virginia Arts Festival. Her artistry can be heard in solo and orchestral works with The Virginia Symphony in recordings on Albany Records, NPR Classics, Hampton Roads Classics, and New World Records. Ms. Carlson is on the faculties of Old Dominion University, the College of William and Mary, and Virginia Wesleyan College and teaches applied clarinet at CNU.