Music Department

Carrie Backman

Adjunct Instructor

Carrie Backman


Carrie J. Backman is the Band Director at Edgewood College and teaches instrumental music at Edgewood High School in Madison.

An advocate of the living composer, Backman has commissioned collaborative student composition projects with Fred Sturm, Lo Marie, Shelley Hanson, Ricky Kirby, Jack Stamp, Michael Colgrass, and Kim Archer. She has also written all-school arts curricula in coordination with artists in residence from Jazz at Lincoln Center, bestselling authors Michael Perry and Jacquelyn Mitchard, and The Amigos Band.

Other Positions

WMEA Band Chair
Serves on the American Composers Forum BandQuest Curriculum Advisory Committee
Curriculum Writer for BandQuest and ChoralQuest through ACF
Academic Program Advisor for UW Summer Music Clinic where she has also served on the faculty
Music Director for the Overture Center's Jerry Awards Program
Member of the World Adult Wind Orchestra Project* freelances as a conductor, trombonist, euphonium player, and pianist in the Madison area.

Past Teaching Experience

Taught at Murray County Central School District in Slayton, MN.
Assistant Director of the University of Minnesota Marching Band in 2016-2017


B.M. in Music Education with a focus in euphonium performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL
Pursuing advanced/doctoral level studies in wind band conducting at UW-Madison