Terry Carlin, a native of Cleveland, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. Soon after graduation, Terry set out to combine her appreciation of great art with her passion for music by pursuing the art of violin making. She enrolled at The Violin Making School of America, a four year program dedicated to the art of bowed stringed instrument building, where she earned the degree of "Luthier". Terry is an accredited member of the Appraisers Association of America.
Following graduation, Terry served her apprenticeship for several years before returning to Cleveland and opening her own shop for sales and service of violin family instruments. As her business increased, she moved from the Old Arcade in downtown Cleveland to the historic Little Italy neighborhood which has become a destination for artists, fine restaurants, and great music. Her shop is now located in the Murray Hill Galleries building. The studio is near both Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra, the equally famous Cleveland Institute of Music, and Case Western University.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, McKinley is an active freelancer and has diverse experience in teaching and performing. As an orchestral player, she regularly appears with the Mansfield Symphony and the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra. An experienced pit musician, she has played in dozens of opera and musical theatre productions with the Rabbit Run Theatre, Cleveland’s Near West Theatre, Judson Manor’s Theatre in the Circle. In 2018, she made her solo debut playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto at Cleveland State University. When not teaching or performing, McKinley devotes her time to learning and promoting new music, and has premiered several new works for solo cello and small ensemble.
McKinley is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory Program and her primary teachers include Charles Bernard, Bryan Dumm, Brian Thornton and Cathy Meints. She graduated from Cleveland State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in performance and a minor in English.
Terry Carlin violins welcomes violinist Sarah Becker!