Dr. Carolyn Waters Broe, the conductor of the Four Seasons Orchestra, was inspired to become a musician at an early age by the Dallas Symphony. She was born in Santa Monica, California and began playing the piano at seven, violin at eight, and selected the viola at age ten. While attending the University of California, Irvine, she worked with conductor Alvaro Cassuto of Portugal and took viola lessons from Jerry Epstein of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She also worked with conductors Mehli Mehta, Zubin Mehta, and Dr. Michael Zearott during this time. Broe received her Bachelors of Music Performance from Chapman University in 1979, attending on a Presidential Scholarship. There she studied conducting from John Koshak, who studied conducting at the Mozartium in Salzburg. Carolyn Broe became a member of the Long Beach Symphony in 1979 and worked with Kenneth Skirmerhorn, James Paul and Akira Endo. She married Steve Broe in 1980, and began work on a Masters of J.S. Bach's treatment of the viola. She has been the principal violist and featured soloist with several orchestras.
Carolyn Broe attended the conducting master class of Herbert Bloomstead of the Netherlands in 1981 in California. In 1982 she attended the conducting master classes of Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Music from California State University at Long Beach in 1984. Broe studied with violist Louis Kievman, who performed in Toscannini's NBC Symphony, and Adriana Chirilov, a concert violist who defected from Romania, Dr. Thomas Hall at Chapman College, Robert Becker of the Pacific Symphony, and Rene Bregozzo from the Bologna Conservatory in Italy. She received her Doctorate in Viola Solo Performance at ASU in 2001 while working with renowned violist Dr. William Magers. Her dissertation work was on violist and composer Louise Lincoln Kerr of Scottsdale, Arizona.
As an arts coordinator, Dr. Broe has founded several artistic groups, including the Opus Four String Quartet, the Capistrano Chamber Players, and the Orange County Four Seasons Orchestra in California. In 1991 she founded both the Four Seasons Orchestra of Scottsdale, Arizona and the Four Seasons String Quartet as Artistic Director and violist. She became the Conductor of the orchestra in 1992. In 1993 she became the founding Conductor of the Paradise Valley Community College Chamber Orchestra. Broe was selected to participate in the 1995 Tanglewood Music Center conducting master classes with Seiji Ozawa in Massachusetts. The American Biographical Society nominated Carolyn Broe Woman of the Year in 1993. She is published in the Cambridge, England Who's Who of Women. She is listed in the Millennium edition of Marquis's 2000-2001 Who's Who of American Women. The Four Seasons Orchestra with Carolyn Broe directing, was nominated in two Grammy Award categories for 2000. Dr. Broe will be listed in Marquis's 2002 edition of Who's Who in the World and Dr. Gray's Complete Book of Women Conductors and Composers. She is also raising her two children, and teaching violin and viola in Scottsdale.