A professional violist based in the New York City area, Carrie Davids is an avid performer, collaborator, and teacher. Originally from Connecticut, Carrie began playing the viola at the age of 6. She has studied at the HARTT School of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music (BM ‘13), and Manhattan School of Music (MM ‘16). Her primary teachers have included Melinda Daetsch, David Holland, Carol Rodland, and Karen Ritscher.
Carrie has been an attendee of many summer music programs and festivals, including the North American Viola Institute (NAVI), Quartet Program, Bowdoin, Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, and Chautauqua Institute. She has performed in masterclasses for Heidi Castleman, Jutta Puchhammer-Sediollot, Catharine Carroll, Becca Albers, Caroline Coade, Almita and Roland Vamos, Schmul Katz, and Nicholas Cords.
Currently a participant in the Emerson String Quartet Institute at Stony Brook University and a winner in both the 2010 Eastman Chamber Honors Recital and the 2016 FUCHS Chamber Music Competition, Carrie is an extremely experienced and well-versed chamber music player. Her chamber music coaches have included the Ying Quartet, Kopelman Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Jodi Levitz, Sam Rhodes, Aaron Berofsky, and Laurie Carney, just to name a few. She frequently coaches chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division.
Orchestrally, Carrie has performed as principal violist in the CT Allstate Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and Chautauqua Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Carrie is a violist for the Glens Falls Symphony in Upstate NY, and is on the sub list of many other orchestras in the NYC/NJ area, including Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in C, and Westchester Symphony.
An avid collaborator, Carrie has participated in many avant-garde concerts around the city, performing many works by “up and coming” composers in the tri-state area. In 2016, Carrie took part in Chautauqua's first ever "Inter-Arts Collective," and recently performed with a duo of dancers as a part of the Higher Ground Artist Residency at the United Palace Theatre, NYC this past November.
In addition to playing classical viola, Carrie has a strong interest in the Baroque era and early music. She has studied Baroque viola/music with renowned lute player Paul O’Dette and his wife, Christel Thielmann, as well as taken lessons from Baroque violinists Libby Walfish and Cynthia Roberts.
As a teacher, Carrie is on the faculty of the Larchmont Music Academy, Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, and Music To Your Home.
To Carrie, music is the world's most universal language, and in her continuing musical career, she hopes to spread that idea and help everyone to connect and come together through music!
Carrie plays on a 4 year old viola made by Isabelle Wilbaux, Montreal (http://wilbaux.com) and a bow made by Georgis Tepho