"A fastidious artist...Her stellar musicianship is marked by strong, rock-solid rhythm, clarity, control, energy, integrity, sensitive phrasing, and appropriate yet imaginative registration...consummate technique and sensible musicianship....music making of the first order." (The American Organist, 2009)

"A thrilling presentation...The entire recital reflected an intense personal involvement in each piece on the program and was enthusiastically received by a large and very receptive audience." (The Diapason)


"Carole Terry is a musician's musician who plays with great elegance, but also, when needed, with fire."
(The American Organist)

"Stunning virtuosity...balanced her technical prowess with thorough scholarship...enthusiastically received by the audience...worthy of a return visit soon." (Music Critic Fresno, CA)

"It was a wonderful performance--the Mendelssohn pieces were my favorite, but the entire concert represented the utmost artistry." (Marla Lowen, Oregon Bach Festival) the opening (work) it is clear that this is playing of the highest order." (Gramophone)

Carole Terry

concert organist

Carole Terry’s career has taken her to many cities and universities throughout the United States, as well as Europe and the Far East. Especially known for her performances and recordings of German Romantic music, she is also an expert on the physiology of keyboard performance. She attended Southern Methodist University, Eastman School of Music and Stanford University.

She has appeared at festivals and academies in Manila, Lübeck, Oundle, Calgary and Montreal. She has also adjudicated major competitions in Japan, Russia and the United States. In 2004 she was the first American organist to perform in the organ concert hall of Perm, in the Russian Federation. 

In the United Sates she has performed in a variety of conventions for the American Guild of Organists.  In addition, she has participated as a performer and lecturer for major conferences such as the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies. As Resident Organist and Curator for the Seattle Symphony, from 2000 to 2003, she inaugurated the new C.B. Fisk organ in Seattle’s acclaimed Benaroya Hall, and played many solo concerti in addition to monumental works for organ and orchestra.

For The Musical Heritage Society she recorded Brombaugh Organs of the Northwest and The Complete Organ Works of Johannes Brahms.   As a harpsichordist she recorded works of Albright, Persichetti, Cowell, and Rorem for CRI, and baroque chamber music for Crystal Records (with violist Yizhak Schotten). Her recording, Carole Terry in Schwerin, is a two-CD set of German romantic organ music recorded on the notable 1871 Ladegast organ at Schwerin Cathedral, Germany. In July 2008, she released a recording of the Benaroya Hall organ entitled Carole Terry plays the Watjen Concert Organ.

In September 2013, she toured Korea to play concerts and teach master classes.  In 2014 she also played concerts in Umbria, Italy.
Carole Terry is Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Washington School of Music.