Caren was born in Michigan and moved around a lot growing up. She started playing the violin in 3rd grade while living in Chicago and continued through college. Living in different places around the country gave her many opportunities to play in various orchestras and symphonies both inside and outside of school. Every summer from middle school through high school she also played for Interlochen Center for the Arts. Not only was she very involved with music, but she was also very involved with athletics. While living in Boston through high school, she lettered in 3 sports and earned a division I athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas for the Women’s Rowing team. Once in college at the University of Kansas, she focused most of her time majoring in Biology and competing in her sport, but she still continued playing violin as much as possible. She moved to the Fort Myers area about 10 years ago and began teaching high school Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Science, and within the past 4 years has earned a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. She is now a school counselor for an elementary school and absolutely loves it.
She has just recently joined the Gulf Coast Symphony and has enjoyed every minute of it. She has a passion for music and is so grateful to have the opportunity to continue her music with a group of dedicated musicians and to continue challenging herself musically throughout her adult life.