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Henry St Studios

Carl Purdy



Music recording and production services

Music Instruction

Music instruction in: Violin, Viola, Bagpipes, Guitar, Mandolin, Penny whistle, Banjo, Bass guitar, Octive mandolin, Recorder, Harmonica


Solo and group preformance from quartets to bands in various genres including classical, bluegrass, jazz, folk, and blues


Instruction in composition and composer for hire for music composition in all genres

Carl Edwin Purdy

Carl's versatility as an instrumentalist and vocalist has enabled him to perform many styles of music, including Classical, Jazz, Traditional British Isles, Classic American Folk, New Age Country Western, and Bluegrass. Carl is a violist and founding member of the Magellan String Quartet and Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra. He also performs as principal viola with the Augusta Opera and Augusta Choral Society.

At Augusta State University, Carl taught viola, humanities, and was the founding director of the Sand Hills String Band. Carl also performs as a soloist and chamber musician on the faculty of the International Music Festival at Vale Veneto, Brazil. He has recorded and toured internationally on the viola, jazz violin and viola, recorder, classical guitar, and folk guitar, in addition to composing and arranging for symphonies and chamber ensembles.

Carl performed with the members of the Franciscan Chamber Players in residence at the Summer Music Monterey music camp for many years, during which they recorded a compact disc with legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. He developed his talents as a folk musician with the Boston-based Celtic band, St. James Gate, while attending New England Conservatory of Music in the 1980s. He was the principal violist of the La Crosse Symphony in Wisconsin before moving to Georgia for the position of Principal Viola with the Augusta Symphony for 24 years. 

Carl studied viola with Heidi Castleman and Walter Trampler at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

His most recent engagements include performances with Jose Andres, Spanish-American chef and restaurateur and humanitarian, and compositions including Alice and Wonderland.

Carl lives in Augusta with his wife, sons, and menagerie of animals.

Henry St Music Studios

By apt only.

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