Miranda Carlsen will be serving as the Woodwind Consultant for Point Winds Theater during the 2017 season.
Miranda A.V. Carlsen is originally from Villa Rica, Georgia and was a member of the Villa Rica High School Wildcat Marching Band for six years. She completed her Bachelors of Music in Music Education at Columbus State University in 2004. During her time at Columbus State University, she was a winner of the Columbus State University Concerto Competition, named to the Dean’s List and the Director’s List, a recipient of the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Music Education Award, President of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference and a recipient of the Georgia Music Educators Association Collegiate Member Scholarship.
After graduating from Columbus State University, Mrs. Carlsen was Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Schwob School of Music and toured with the Buckhead Youth Orchestra as a featured guest soloist throughout their European Tour and Premiere Performances for Prince Albert of Monaco. Mrs. Carlsen has performed flute and band clinics for schools throughout Georgia. She has studied flute with Sarah Gill and Dr. Andree’ Martin and participated in master classes with Alexa Still, Sarah Gill, and Paul Edmund Davies. Mrs. Carlsen studied conducting with Andre Gaskins and Dr. Michael Marcades and has participated in conducting clinics with Frank Batistti and Paula Crider.
Mrs. Carlsen was a member of the Springer Opera House Pit Orchestra from 2001-2013. She has conducted nine musical theatre productions at Harris County High School including Beauty and the Beast and Curtains, her personal favorites.
Currently in her 11th year of teaching, the Harris County High School Bands have had Superior Ratings both in Marching Band and at the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation and Festival Disney. While Director of Bands, Harris County students have had a yearly increase in personnel, as well as a number of students accepted to District Honor Band, All-State Honor Band, and Collegiate Schools of Music. HCHS Band Alumni are currently experiencing the largest number of active Alumni involved in band-related performance arts after high school, perhaps the greatest achievement of the program.
Mrs. Carlsen has previously served as the Georgia Music Educators Association District Three Band Division Chair and coordinator of Honor Band Activities. She has received the Columbus State University College of Education Outstanding Alumna in Music Education three times, most recently in 2009 and has been named to the Who’s Who in American Women (2009) and Who’s Who in America (2010). In 2015 she was named a Claus Nobel Educator of Distinction and in 2016 received a WRBL Golden Apple Award.
As a Columbus State University Alumna, Mrs. Carlsen is passionate about providing opportunities for young music educators to teach in real world settings. She has hosted 12 Schwob School of Music student teachers and in 2016 will have provided CSU with its 4th annual Music Education workshop for its Secondary Music Education students featuring the HCHS Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.
Mrs. Carlsen is the Executive Director and Producer of the Miss Harris County Pageant Series, a unique Miss America Organization and Miss Georgia Preliminary Pageant Series for all ages hosted by the Harris County High School Bands. She is a certified Miss America Organization Adjudicator.
This season will be Mrs. Carlsen’s first adventures in the indoor marching arts and she couldn’t be more excited to learn from Dr. Boyd and his staff and the amazing Point Winds.