He is a long time guitar instructor and professional player in the St. Cloud area.

Kevin Carlson has enjoyed a life long career of guitar driven performance, teaching and liturgical music. His latest recordings are “The Guitar Can Do It,” and “Inside the Heart of a Musician,” in addition to a new demo of Electric Guitar Ensemble music.

Kevin earned a BMus, (Summa) from the University of MN, Minneapolis, MN (1987), as well as a Professional Guitar Degree from Musicians Institute (GIT), Los Angeles, CA (1988).

Kevin plays in local musical events year round.  He plays at weddings, nursing home events, and numerous community events. Recently he played as part of Great River Chorale’s “What Sweeter Music”,  Crusade Choir’s Christmas Concert and with the Northern Star Duo for their twentieth year at the Landmark Center’s Annual Holiday Bazaar in St Paul, MN.  He also performed in a six-day Guitar Heroes tour with the Fabulous Armadillos in April 2017.  On Friday afternoons, Kevin can be found performing solo guitar in the lobby of the Coborn’s Cancer Center at the CentraCare Health Plaza in Sartell.

In addition to performing as a freelance soloist and ensemble guitarist, Kevin directs the Childbloom / PMI Guitar School and the St Cloud Bella Corda advanced (teen) guitar ensemble in St. Cloud, MN.

Kevin is an active member of Guitar Foundation of America and the MN Guitar Society and the only Childbloom Guitar Director in MN.


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MMTA (Minnesota Music Teachers Association)

Childbloom Guitar Teacher (5 to 12 years old)

National Federation of Music Club (NFMC)


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