When Carson was 9 years old, she went on a field trip with her school to see the Denver Symphony. Her name was drawn out of a hat, picking her to go on stage and help conduct the orchestra. She still has that baton. That night, she came home and said she wanted to play in the symphony when she grew up.
The summer after she had graduated from high school, she and her family were at Rhythm on the River in Longmont CO watching a good friend of hers perform, when Carson noticed they were doing palm readings at the festival. She asked her mom if she could have her palm read. After standing in line (in over 100 degree heat) for more than 30 minutes with a stagnant line, a woman approached Carson and her mom about a Tarot card reading as her line was empty. The reader spread the cards on the table and asked Carson to pick three. The first card she picked, when revealed, said “Celebration”. The reader told Carson she’d go on to have many celebrations throughout her life, and asked if Carson knew of a specific meaning for this card? Carson said no. But her mom, Vickie, did. It would come to mean celebrations of Carson’s musical accomplishments and performances. The reader turned over the next two cards at the same time. One card read “Music”. One card read “Enchantment”. Carson was speechless, her eyes were as big as a deer’s. The reader asked – do these cards speak to you? Carson replied that she was heading to the University of New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment”, this fall, to study music. The reader shared with them that this result is what they call synchronicity. Alignment with exactly what you are supposed to be doing.
Unfortunately, Carson’s family suffered a terrible tragedy with the unexpected accidental death of her dad in September of 2017. She is finishing her senior year as a music performance major at UNM, and looking forward to the transition to a master’s program the next fall. Two professors she has studied with realize that to support this next goal, she will need a different tuba as she has outgrown the ones she currently owns. This is a hardship with the recent family loss.
The recommending professor’s names are Richard White (Carson’s current professor at UNM) and Daniel Perantoni (Indiana University professor, Carson studied with him at Denver University summer of 2017). The tuba of choice for her size and ability is PT-6CC. This type of tuba can cost from $8,000 used to $14,000 new! Travel to inspect and play the tuba is required before one should purchase it, adding additional cost.
Any contributions are greatly appreciated by this family which has experienced such a great loss.