Carrol McLaughlin has performed extensively as a soloist and with orchestras throughout North and South America, Europe, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, India, and Russia. Her performing career has included concerto performances with the Kyoto Symphony, Japan; the St. Petersburg Symphony, Russia; the Orchestra de Santiago in Santiago, Chile; and many others.
She has given solo recitals in Carnegie Hall, New York; Wigmore Hall, London; Casals Hall, Tokyo; and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. She was featured as the opening recitalist at the World Harp Congress in Copenhagen and the American Harp Society National Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Carol has also been featured at the Vera Dulova Festival in Moscow, the World Harp Congress in Prague and Geneva, the Lily Laskine Festival in Paris, the Soka City Festival in Japan, and numerous other festivals around the world. She is currently on the World Harp Congress Board of Directors.
Her education includes Master of Music from the Julliard School and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona. Since 1982, Carrol has held the position of Professor of Harp at the University of Arizona and won numerous awards for her teaching, including the University's highest honor, the Five Star Teaching Award.
She is the founder and director of the international touring ensemble, HarpFusion, who have recorded extensively and toured throughout the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, Europe, Japan, and the Czech Republic.
They are one of the largest touring harp ensembles in the world and have attained international acclaim for their innovative and creative programming. Carol is one of the few harpists in the world who combines classical harp repertoire on the concert stage with original pop and jazz arrangements... a skill she learned when at age four she began to perform with her father's jazz bands.