Carolyn Sandquist, Conductor
The Debut Orchestra was formed in 1998 to satisfy the needs of a growing number of young stringed instrument players. The Debut Orchestra is a string orchestra of violins, violas, cellos, and basses.

Carolyn Sandquist, Conductor

The Topeka Symphony Debut Orchestra

Carolyn Sandquist is a native Topekan. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Washburn University and was awarded the Highest Scholastic Average in Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota that year. As a graduating student of Washburn University, Carolyn earned the Music Department Academic Achievement and the Community Service Awards. Mrs. Sandquist has conducted the orchestras and taught Suzuki group classes for the Topeka String Project. Carolyn taught strings in USD 501 for 9 years including high school, middle school and elementary school levels. She also taught five years at Topeka Collegiate School.

Mrs. Sandquist created her own private studio teaching group and private lessons for violin, viola and cello using the Suzuki Method. Carolyn is a registered teacher of Suzuki Violin for books 1-7 and Suzuki Cello for books 1-5. Her students range in age from 3 years old to adult. Her students perform often in the Topeka community as well as recitals throughout the year. Many of her students play in the Topeka Symphony Youth Ensembles as well as their school orchestras. Many former students have gone on to excel in music and become music educators.

Mrs. Sandquist has played in the Topeka Symphony for over 30 years. She currently plays in the viola section, but in the past has also played violin and cello in the Symphony. She is the second violinist, founding member and manager of the Studio String Quartet and the Sandquist Family Quartet. Mrs. Sandquist is an active member in her church, enjoys traveling and loves photographing her two sons. Mrs. Sandquist’s family received the Kansas Federation of Music Club Family of the Year, 2012.

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