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Cara Garofalo
Joined Seton Hill
Clarks Summit, PA
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Cara Garofalo enjoys a versatile career as a violinist, regularly performing with orchestras such as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and Akron Symphony Orchestra to name a few. She has extensive experience working in chamber and new music ensembles, and as a pit musician in musical theater, opera, and ballet productions. Cara also has had the privilege of working with international artists including Bruce Springsteen, Josh Groban, Gregory Porter, and Evanescence. Since 2019, she has enjoyed working for the summer music festivals Endless Mountain Music Festival in Mansfield, PA and Trentino Music Festival in northern Italy. As a teacher trained in the Suzuki Method, Cara has held a private studio of students since 2012. Notably, she has had students excel to win positions with youth orchestras and festivals, and to pursue higher education degrees in music performance and education. Cara has also taught in school settings and joined Seton Hill University as Adjunct Professor of Violin in 2022. Cara graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Duquesne University where she studied under Christopher Wu of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She later continued advanced private studies with other acclaimed teachers including David Kim of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Jeremy Black of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.


  • B.M., Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), 2011


  • American Federation of Musicians
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas