Born in New York City to German parents, Carl Vollrath attended Newton High School. He received a B.A. from Stetson University, a M.A. from Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from Florida State University. Vollrath studied composition with Ernst von Dohnanyi, Carlisle Floyd, and John Boda. He served with the West Point Military Band at West Point NY from 1953 to 1956 and was a music consultant in Miami FL from 1956 to 1958. He joined the Troy University (AL) faculty in 1965.


Major works include 6 symphonies for band, an opera — The Quest — and a large collection of chamber music. MMC Recordings has released 3 albums of Vollrath’s works, including a 2-disc album of clarinet works recorded by Richard Stoltzman entitled Jack’s Fat Cat (2008). Many other recordings are held by the Troy University Library. His most recent releases by Navona Records include THREE PASTELS (2016), WARRIOR MONKS (2017), SOULS IN TRANSITIONS (2018), and THE UNFOLDING FLUTE (2020).


photo: Troy University

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photo: Timothy Gurczak





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