Carole Bestvater strives to share her joy of music with those around her. She is equally at home in classical and folk genres, maintaining a full schedule as a performer and educator.
Carole relocated from the prairies to St. John’s to pursue studies with Dr. Nancy Dahn at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and loved it here so much that she decided to stay.
Passionate about community and education, Carole founded the Strong Harbour Strings Program, an immersive after school music program based in the belief that communities can be strengthened through the learning and sharing of music. Carole is also on faculty of the Suzuki Talent Education Program. As a performer, Carole is a sought after side musician. She is a freestyle fiddler, equally as comfortable playing Bluegrass, Irish, Newfoundland, Old Time or
Appalachian folk styles.
You can catch her performing with a number of local bands and
ensembles such as Youngtree and the Blooms, High & Lonesome, Sizzle Sisters, Crooked Stovepipe, or performing classical music with the Strong Harbour Strings Collective, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, or the Watershed Ensemble.