"I consider myself to be a grass roots composer because my inspiration is derived from nature."
- Rosalind Carlson
So far, Rosalind has fulilled ten music commissions. These invitations have been for both instrumental and choral genres. The commissioned works are:-
1. "The Newcastle Flyer" - choral SATB/SSAA
2. "Old Man Platypus" - choral SA/piano - SSA
3. "Circle of Memories" - oboe
4. "Psalsms of Joy" - choral SSAA
5. "Cat and Kitten" - clarinet
6. "Australian Bush Calls" - saxophone/piano
7. "An Australian Tone Poem for Wollongong" - flute octet
8. "The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos" - oboe/cor anglais
9. "Pastorale" -oboe/cor anglais
10. "The Quirky Butterfly Dance" - classical guitar
In 1959 Rosalind was appointed as a music specialist to the Secondary teaching staff of the NSW (New South Wales, Australia) State Department of Education. During her 28 years as a music educator Rosalind became a demonstration teacher to young trainee teachers. Over that period of time she was promoted from a music mistress to relieving Secondary Principal at Cheltenham Girls' High School in 1979. Also in that year the Department of Education appointed her as a HSC (Higher School Certificate) music examiner for the State in performance, composition and musicology.
Rosalind enjoys considerable success as a teacher, guest lecturer and assessor (Australian International Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Australia, in teacher professional development courses), conductor, composer, performer, examiner and adjudicator.
A change in musical direction in 1987 provided Rosalind with the opportunity to pursue and to develop her own creative talent. This talent together with her teaching ability led to the realisation of Flexi-Fingers. Under this title her Graphic Piano Technique teaching program has developed. Her graded technical exercises for pianists Flexi-Fingers and associated books have enjoyed enormous success since their publication in 1992.
Six of Rosalind's woodwind compositions are published by Phylloscopus Publications U.K. The first of these was "The Wooden Broomstick Scherzo" for bassoon and piano in 1998.
Rosalind's Australian Bird Suite (2001) for solo flute recorded on CD by Christine Draeger was published in 2002 by Phylloscopus Publications U.K.. The World Premiere Performance took place in London on 6th June 2002 given by Lewis Mitchell.
"Waterfall in Spring" (1997) has had six London performances so far. It is also recorded on CD "Streeton's Noon" - Australian works for flute and piano. Flute - Christine Draeger, Piano - Kathryn Lambert. The music score is published by Flexi-Fingers. "Waterfall in Spring" was performed at the London concert celebrating the 25th Anniversary birthday of the Australian Music Centre. This was held at the Australian High Commission on 17 December, 1999.
Psalms of Joy (1997), SSAA, was launched in November, 2000 on the CD "Arcadia" sung by the Carlson Chorale. The song is published by Flexi Fingers. The World Premiere performance was at the Third Australian Women's Music Festival in September 1997 in Sydney, Australia.
Cat and Kitten (2002) for solo clarinet was published in 2003 by Phylloscopus Publications U.K. and performed in Sydney, Australia, by Rowena Watts in the same year.
Rosalind is a member of a number of professional organizations, and in 1998 joined the Council of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales, Australia. She is a member of the Fellowship of Australian Composers. She is also a committee member of the Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators (Australia).
Rosalind Carlson, as an Australian Composer, is gaining international recognition. She enjoys considerable success as a teacher, guest lecturer and assessor (Australian International Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Australia, in teacher professional development courses), conductor (of the internationally acclaimed Carlson Chorale), composer, performer, singer, examiner and adjudicator.
Rosalind has her publications of instrumental and choral works and their CDs, available on the market. Her series of graphic graded piano technique exercises for beginner pianists, "Flexi-Fingers", has enjoyed enormous success since its publication in 1992.
This special visual approach to piano technique Rosalind developed over a 5 year period with her own piano students. The results were so successful, that her ideas were published in 1992. The books were entitled "Flex-Fingers Graphic Keyboard Technique Tutor" and it's "Work Book".
Dr Rita Crews says "This unusual holistic approach to piano technique by music educator Rosalind Carlson, is an innovative and exciting developement, providing an immaginative and attractive method that will ensure technical and muciscal success for the young beginner."