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Throwback Spotlight: Carol Hutter

By March 13, 2024No Comments
Carol Hutter 1980s headshot

Carol Hutter has played viola with our string section since 1981!

Carol Hutter’s story with the SSO began during her undergraduate years at New England Conservatory in Boston when she first played with the orchestra in the 1977-78 season. After a brief hiatus, she returned to Massachusetts to attend UMASS as a graduate in their String Quartet Fellowship program, re-auditioning for the SSO and becoming a staple member since 1981.

Reflecting on her time with the orchestra, Carol fondly recalls the camaraderie and the remarkable music they’ve played together over the years. Playing at the Berkshire Choral Festival for over 35 years was a notable highlight. From sharing the stage with talents like Tatiana Troyanos, to the poignant renditions of Verdi’s Requiem, the memories are etched in her mind forever.

Carol cherishes numerous collaborations she has been a part of over the years performing with the SSO. Performing pops concerts with legendary artists such as Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie and collaborating with many notable classical soloists including Peter Serkin and Itzhak Perlman as well has provided her with a great deal of excitement and professional pride. Carol credits teachers from early in her music education as well as the leadership of fellow SSO musicians Principal Violist Ron Gorevic and Assistant Principal Delores Thayer with inspiring and strengthening her in her art.

Beyond music, Carol finds solace and creativity in working with clay, a medium she describes as “earthy” much like the sound of the viola. She also finds joy in teaching violin and viola lessons, sharing her love for music with students for over 40 years.

As she looks ahead, Carol is hopeful for the future of the SSO to continue performing to high standards and attracting renowned soloists. With her amazing dedication and love for music, Carol Hutter continues to inspire both on and off the stage, leaving an indelible mark on the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and its community.