Dawn is currently in her tenth season as the concertmaster of the Portland Columbia
Symphony Orchestra. She has had the honor of being concertmaster for the Vancouver Symphony,
Portland State University Orchestra, and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Ms. Carter has also
played numerous performances over the years with the Oregon Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony,
Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the Boise Philharmonic.
Dawn received both her Bachelors and Masters of Music in Violin Performance at Portland State University where studied with Carol Sindell. She has also played in numerous master classes for teachers including Joseph Gingold, James Buswell, Herbert Greenberg, and Michael Foxman. Ms. Carter has been the recipient of full scholarships to the Great Woods Institute of Music outside of Boston and the National Orchestra Institute in Maryland. Dawn was part of the Portland delegation that toured Sapporo, Japan in 1993 playing concerts during the 35th anniversary of the Sister City program between Portland/Sapporo. Dawn and her husband Jonathan are the parents of four children: Katie, Isabelle, and twins Jackson and Jessica Adeleine.