Carlyn Kessler earned her degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received her Master of Music in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy as a student of Sharon Robinson and her Bachelor of Music as a student of Melissa Kraut. She is certified to teach Suzuki cello from Books 1-10. Recently relocated to San Francisco from Cleveland, OH, Carlyn previously served on the faculty of The College of Wooster and the Music Settlement, where she was the Department Head of Strings. In Ohio, she served as principal cellist of the Suburban Symphony and as member of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and Cleveland Opera Theater.

Carlyn has performed extensively both internationally and locally. An avid chamber musician, Carlyn has performed in a weeklong residency with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s Discovery Series, in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Chautauqua Institution, and in numerous alternative settings including popular jazz clubs and art spaces. She has performed at several summer music festivals including the Banff Chamber Music Residency, Chamber Music at Domaine Forget, Toronto Summer Music Festival and the London Master Classes.