Carter Sligh is a lifelong and multi-faceted musician - singer, instrumentalist, and composer. A devotee of vocal music, Carter is fascinated by the breadth of potential in the human voice, and strives for new frontiers in his own singing and in his composition.
Currently living and working as a singer in the Washington, DC area, Carter received a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in Ohio, and an MA in Ensemble Singing from the University of York, studying under Robert Hollingworth. He served as a Choral Scholar at York Minster, and currently sings as an Alto in the Choir of Washington National Cathedral.
As a composer, Carter started early, winning a state composition contest at the age of 12, and writing instrumental songs and chamber music in his time at school. As an adult, Carter's primary interest has turned to choral music. He is particularly interested in the music of the American South, preserving and showcasing the rich musical and cultural traditions of Appalachia and the region at large.
Carter is beyond thrilled to be the Associate Composer for The Willow Consort - a former member, great friend, musical collaborator, and ardent fan.
An excerpt from Carter's arrangement of Shenandoah
Our commissions from Carter
Shenandoah - an arrangement of the traditional folk song.
I wonder as I wander - an arrangement of the traditional carol
Soar Away - a piece based on the sacred harp tradition