Canadian-American trombonist Carson King-Fournier was appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in 2017. In addition to his work at CSB/SJU, Carson is a prominent freelance musician based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Carson earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City in 2013, and a Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 2015. His principal teachers include Joseph Alessi, Michael Mulcahy, R. Douglas Wright, Timothy Higgins, Randall Hawes, Kari Sundstrom, and Dr. John Tranter.
He has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the United States Military Academy Band at West Point among others. Carson also has participated in many summer music festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Centre Festival.
In addition to playing trombone, Carson also performs frequently on bass trombone, sackbut, euphonium, and bass trumpet. In an orchestral setting, he has worked with many prestigious conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Litton, and Osmo Vanska to name a few. In a commercial setting, he has performed on tenor and bass trombone with artists such as Amy Grant, Sarah McLaghlan, and Doc Severinsen. Carson has also performed with Jordi Savall on sackbut, and with jazz artists Steve Turre, Chris Jaudes, Ben Wolfe, and Irvin Mayfield on both tenor and bass trombone.
As an educator, Carson was the Graduate Assistant Director of the Basketball and Athletic Bands at Northwestern University from 2013 until 2015. Additionally, he held a teaching fellowship in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program from 2011 until 2013, and has taught privately since 2015. His students have gone on to study music at institutions such as the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Juilliard Pre-College, and State University of New York at Fredonia.
In 2011, Carson placed 5th in the International Trombone Association (ITA) Frank Smith Competition, in 2013 he was runner-up for the ITA Robert Marsteller Competition, and was runner-up in the 2014 ITA Trombone Quartet Competition with his group from Northwestern, the Lakeside Quartet. Additionally, in 2014 he was selected as one of seven brass Semi-Finalists in the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (OSM) Standard Life Competition, the most prestigious classical competition in Canada.