"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

American concert organist Carole Terry has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician on both organ and harpsichord, and has maintained a busy recital, masterclass, and adjudication schedule since coming to the University of Washington. Her appearances throughout the United States include such distinguished American universities as Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, UCLA, and Cornell and such notable churches such as Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and National Cathedral in Washington D.C. as well as at the famed Spreckels Organ Pavillion in San Diego's Balboa Park. In the past several years, she has been a recitalist and teacher for festivals such as The Historical Organs in America and a lecturer and panelist for the American Institute of Organbuilders and The Organist in the 21st Century held at Stanford University. European tours have included performances in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Austria. She was a performer at the 1984 national convention of the American Guild of Organists held in San Francisco, a soloist at the 1994 AGO national convention held in Dallas, and has also appeared at various regional AGO conventions. She was be a featured artist at the national AGO convention in summer 2000 held in Seattle.

Carole Terry is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in early music performance practice. While at Stanford, she specialized in early keyboard music, studying organ with Herbert Nanney, harpsichord with Margaret Fabrizio, and fortepiano and clavichord with Joan Benson. She earned her bachelor's degree at Southern Methodist University and received her master's at the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers included Robert Anderson and David Craighead for organ, and Larry Palmer and Erich Schwandt for harpsichord.

She has recorded the complete organ works of Johannes Brahms and Brombaugh Organs of the Northwest for the Musical Heritage Society as well as the harpsichord works of Albright, Cowell, Persichetti and Rorem for the CRI label and baroque chamber works on the Crystal Records label.

Dr. Terry is Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, and has served as Resident Organist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In addition to organ and harpsichord instruction, she presents courses in performance practice, keyboard harmony and transposition, organ repertoire and pedagogy, baroque dance, and she directs the Baroque Chamber Ensemble.