Carly Brown

Violin Performer and Instructor

Hi there! Happy to see you here. My name’s Carly, and I’m a violinist. I’d love to meet you and see how we can connect. Are you here for a lesson inquiry? A gig or recording booking? Maybe you want more information on a workshop for musicians in your church. All the information you need is a click (or a couple clicks) away. Enjoy!


Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Carly began playing piano at the age of two, and violin at the age of eight. She began playing in a quartet at fourteen, and performed with Quartet San Francisco the following year. She holds a Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in Violin Performance from Belmont University. Before her years of missionary work, she spent her time serving as Concertmaster of the Belmont Symphony & Chamber Orchestras, playing concerts at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and studio recording in Nashville. Her violin has taken her around the world for concerts and festivals in NYC, LA, Disney World, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Carly has performed in masterclasses for Josef Spacek and Jun Iwasaki, and studied with Tena White. Dabbling in commercial and CCM bands, she’s opened for Eli Young Band and Kaycee Musgraves, toured with The Vigil Project, and performed in the FOCUS Collective at the annual SEEK conference.

While pursing her masters degree at Middle Tennessee State University she held the Concertmaster position of the MTSU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and had her solo premiere with the Chamber Orchestra. Some of her more notable performances have been with Sheryl Crow and Amit Peled. She has been teaching privately for eleven years. When she’s not playing violin, Carly enjoys any sport that gets her outside, reading in her hammock drinking quality coffee, golfing, and lake life at her family cabin in Wisconsin.


General Information
Instruction consists of weekly private violin lessons that include repertoire, note reading, technique, practice skills, and musical literacy. Lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length.

Lesson Rates
• 30 min lesson = $35
• 45 min lesson = $50
• 1 hour lesson = $60

Lesson fees are paid on a monthly basis. Lesson fees are due by the first lesson of every month, but no later than the 15th of each month.
A $15 late fee will be added if the lesson fees are not paid by the 15th of each month.
Invoices will be provided at the first lesson of every month indicating credits and fees.
payment can be made by check or online through Zelle or Vemno (@carlyrupp)
If paying by check, please make checks payable to Carly Brown.

Missed Lessons/Absences
I may need to reschedule lessons due to professional performing engagements or unforeseen conflicts. If I cancel a lesson, the lesson will be rescheduled to the best of my and parent’s ability. If a lesson cannot be made up, the student will receive a credit for the following month.
An absence is excused if I receive a call or text BEFORE 8:00 AM on the day of the lesson.Only 4 excused absences will be allowed per calendar year.If a lesson is excused, the student will receive a credit for the following month or, a make-up lesson can be scheduled (within the month of the missed lesson).Any missed lesson that I do not receive a call, voicemail, text or email BEFORE 8:00 am on the day of the lesson, is unexcused and the student WILL BE CHARGED for the lesson. Make-up lessons are subject to availability.If schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, please text or call me for updates.


As a musician of faith, I use my education and formation to teach others the role of music and beauty in the Church, and how to lead worship in their own community. Participating in everything from small praise and worship bands, to large multi-day conference bands, I've had a unique insight into the necessary skills and common pitfalls of the typical modern Church musician.The workshop includes three parts:
Part One | An Introduction to Beauty
Part Two | History of Music in the Church
Part Three | Practical Training for Worship
Workshops occur on an individually contracted basis, and can be altered to fit the needs of your group or parish. Workshops can be a weekend retreat, an all day experience, or a virtual event. Submit a contact request for more information and booking!


If you are interested in taking violin lessons, booking me for an event, or something else, feel free to contact me using this form below!