Carrie RavenStem works as both freelance musician and teacher in the Louisville/southern Indiana area. She has performed with several orchestras and ensembles including the Louisville Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Keep Louisville Symphonic, Louisville Chamber Winds, the Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera. Her focus is introducing audiences to living composers and contributing to the future of music by fostering the appreciation of new music.
Ms. RavenStem is co-founder and clarinetist of contemporary music ensemble A/Tonal. With a mission to bridge the gap between traditional and new music, A/tonal explores with their audiences the correlations between traditional classical works and works of living composers. A/Tonal has been performing throughout the Kentuckiana area and has been featured on WUOLs The Unheard series, promoting the works of female composers. They recently recorded an arrangement of NPRs Morning Edition theme which may be heard on Soundcloud. In the summer of 2016, A/Tonal partnered with Longleash trio as guests of the Loretto Project. The group’s premiere EP, Starting Point, was released on April 2, 2017, at their Kentucky Center debut. A/Tonal has also had partnership with the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in June 2017. They will be in residency at the University of Louisville’s School of Music for the 2018-19 school year, with six new works being commissioned for them by the student body.
As clinician and teacher in the Louisville/southern Indiana region, she directs her attention to the short and long-term musical goals of each student. She runs an active teaching studio in her home in Louisville, and works with several local schools and their clarinet sections. Ms. RavenStem has also been a clinician and guest artist at University of Evansville’s Clarinet Day as well as clarinet and theory faculty for University of Louisville’s Wind Band Institute. She has been on faculty at Indiana University Southeast in the Theory Department as well as a private teacher for the community Arts Institute. Working in weekly coaching sessions and sectionals in local middle and high schools throughout the Kentuckiana area, Ms. RavenStem enjoys training young clarinetists and building future performers and audiences.
Ms. RavenStem received her Masters of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Louisville, where she was a teaching assistant in both clarinet and music theory. Her bachelor’s degree was awarded with high honors from Indiana University Southeast, where she was the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award in Music.
Carrie enjoys sharing her musical life with her husband, composer Erich Stem, as well as with their four children. She is the General Manager of Miles Ahead Music, where she fosters music in the community through instruments and lessons.