Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts in English and Art History, Union College, Schenectady, NY. 1996 Masters of Science in Education, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY. 2002 Missouri Certification, Vocal Music K-12, 2003 Schools attended without degrees: Kapellsbergs Musikskola, Harnosand Sweden, 1990-93 Vocal and Flute Performance, SUNY SCCC, Schenectady, NY 1998-2000
Ms. Carin Gado
Currently, I live in St. Louis with my husband, Steve and my daughter, Kajsa and sing with the Bach Society of St. Louis.
I grew up in Schenectady, NY and was involved in music from before I can remember. I sang in choirs before Kindergarten and was put on the harmony part in second grade. Even though flute was my primary instrument growing up, choirs have always been how I've found my people. I can't remember a time or a place in my life that I wasn't in a choir--mind you, I was NOT the one auditioning for solos. I thought of myself as a strong musician, but did not want the spotlight on me. (This helps me understand my singers who want to be safe in numbers!) Between high school and college, I studied music (flute, voice, piano and guitar) for 3 years at a music school in Harnosand, Sweden. Though I earned no degree there, it was an amazing education. I returned home, convinced that I was too social to be a professional flautist--hours in the practice room was too isolating. I came back and earned my undergrad in English and Art History, all the while taking every free class with music performance, compostition, and theory that I could fit in. I started and directed a flute ensemble while I was there and after, was featured with the orchestra on multiple occasions, and also co-directed the female a cappella group for 2 years. After graduating, I worked for a few years, unable to decide what to be when I grew up--my heart was in music, but people said, "If you can do anything else, don't go into music." After a few years temping, my heart pulled me back to music, and I continued studying music performance, switching from flute to voice in an undergraduate program, but time and money were running out. I had to grow up and decide what job to get. I knew that I could teach--I was good in school in all subjects, loved children--eduaction seemed like a natural fit. I earned my degree in Elementary Education, but realized that every lesson or unit was centered around music. When I finished my degree, I moved to St Louis to be closer to my then boyfriend (whom I married 3 years later). The stars aligned, and when I started subbing, I landed in several long term music positions. I had found my calling--how could I ever think I would do anything else. I earned my K-12 Vocal Music certification just as a middle school position in Webster Groves opened up, and have been happily teaching here ever since. I went from teaching General Music with one 8th grade choir at Steger and Hixson, and have been so happy to watch the program grow into a full time position at Hixson. Aside from motherhood, it has been the most rewarding decade!!!