Carolbeth True | Webster University

Carolbeth True

Adjunct Professor of Piano

Carolbeth TrueCarolbeth True is a very active member of the St. Louis Musical community. A pianist equally talented in jazz and classical music, she performs regularly in clubs and concerts. Her group, The Carolbeth Trio, performed at the Adam's Mark for three and one half years, followed by two and one half years at Jazz at the Bistro.

Her piano studies began with her mother, the late Carole Miles. She studied with Evelyn Mitchell at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A long time Webster faculty member, she has also built an extensive private teaching practice.

She has served on the International Summer Jazz Academy faculty in Krakow, Poland and is a cast member for The Jazz Story, a history—performance presentation at the Sheldon Concert Hall. She has performed with numerous artists including Harry Allen, Buddy DeFranco, Gary Foster, Terry Gibbs, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Roseanne Vitro, and Bill Watrous. She has served as rehearsal pianist and assistant musical director with The Muny for twenty years and has performed repeatedly with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. She has served as musical coordinator for the Buckeye Harmonica Festival and the International Harmonica Festival. She has been a soloist with the Webster University Symphony, Washington University Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, and Florida Spacecoast Philharmonic. In 2001, she was the soloist for the premiere performance of Bluework, a concerto by Webster faculty composer Kim Portnoy with the Webster Symphony. In addition to her trio, she performs with Two Times True, The Hard Bop Heritage Quintet, the Sessions Big Band, the Webster Jazz Repertory Ensemble and Traditional Jazz Band. She is heard on compact discs including The Carolbeth Trio, New World Harmonica Jazz and Klezmer Nuthouse with Sandy Weltman, and two discs with the Sessions Big Band, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and Tribute. She was the 2004 recipient of the St. Louis Magazine “Musician of the Year” award, the 2007 recipient of the "Excellence in the Arts" award from the Arts & Education Council, the 2008 recipient of the Riverfront Times "Best Jazz Artist" award, and the “Owen Miller Award for service and dedication from the St. Louis Musicians Association, Local 2-197.

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