Carmen Granger is an orchestral musician and educator throughout the Midwest and has been seen performing with many symphonies and opera companies in Ohio, Kentucky, Arkansas, Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. She is currently Principal Violist of the Lima Symphony Orchestra and has sat as principal viola of Western Piedmont Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic, Fayetteville Symphony, and assistant principal of Greensboro Symphony and Durham Symphony. As an advocate for new music, Granger is currently the violist in New Downbeat - an all-female, new music ensemble in Cincinnati.
In recent years, Granger has played at the Durham Performing Arts Center as a guest with the MGP Live tour of The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses (2017) as well as Distant Worlds: The Music from Final Fantasy (2018).
She has also been an orchestral fellow at Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2018) and the National Music Festival (2019/2021).
Granger obtained her bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her master’s degree in Viola Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is currently an employee at Antonio Violins and Ukuleles in Cincinnati, and in her free time, enjoys playing disc golf, baking, and playing with her two cats; Yuffie and Clementine.