Carol Knowles has been involved in performing and teaching in the Rapid City area for the past 34 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s degree with an emphasis in Suzuki pedagogy from Western Illinois University. Her teachers have been Mary Shiba, Robert Mathews, Brian Hanly and Lois Shepheard .


        22 years of her teaching has been in the Rapid City Area Schools as a middle and elementary school orchestra director. Carol has been with the Black Hills Suzuki School for 27 years. She has performed with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra , Black Hills Chamber Orchestra and the Black Hills Symphony String Quartet for more than 30 years. Carol instructs private Suzuki and traditional violin and viola students from ages 3 – 65. She has also served as an adjunct violin/viola faculty professor to Black Hills State University.


         Carol is married to Bruce Knowles, conductor of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, has two sons and a cat named Oreo. Cullen (viola) and Patrick (violin) studied with Charlie Savot in the Black Hills Suzuki School from ages 4-18. Both still play and perform on their instruments. In her spare time Carol does beadwork, cooks, reads and travels with her family.