Mimi Carlson Second Flute / Piccolo
Mimi is a charter member of Symphony Silicon Valley. She was principal flute for Ballet San Jose until it closed in 2016, and she was a member of the San Jose Symphony from 1973 until its final season in 2001. A former member of the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra and founder of the RedWoodWinds Quintet, she has also performed on flute and piccolo with many other Bay Area musical groups, including Opera San Jose, American Musical Theater of San Jose, San Francisco Merola Opera Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony, and the Womenâ€™s Philharmonic. She has been a soloist with several orchestras and symphonies: San Jose Symphony, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, New Sousa Band, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Ohlone Wind Orchestra, Santa Clara University Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the Austin (MN) Symphony. In 2009, she was honored to be included as a charter member of the Austin High School Music Hall of Fame. During her high school years, Carlson studied flute and piano at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and with Emil Opava, principal flute of the Minnesota Symphony in Minneapolis. She continued her flute and piano studies at Carleton College in Minnesota, where she earned a BA degree. Carlson has been a flute instructor at Santa Clara University since 1978.