Carl's compositional talents first drew national attention in 1993, when he captured first prize in a composition contest sponsored by World Library Publications/J.S. Paluch of Chicago. His winning entry, 'Veni Creator Spiritus', was premiered before an audience of 3000 at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention in St. Louis and has been released on CD and cassette. Since then over two dozen of his liturgical compositions and editions have been published by World Library Publications, GIA Publications, Hope Publishing Co., and Selah Publishing Co. In June 1994, Carl's 'I Am the Living Bread' was the winning entry in the "Young New York '94" Hymn Competition sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York. His music appears in several hymnals and hymn supplements, and he has received commissions from several churches and individuals. He has been a frequent clinician and performer at national and regional conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians since 1988. A respected church musician, Carl served for three years as Diocesan Director of Music for the diocese of Syracuse, presenting workshops, clinics, training progams and retreats for musicians throughout Central, Northern and Western New York.
A highly respected voice teacher, Carl has held academic appointments at Nazareth College, the Crane School of Music (State University of New York College at Potsdam), the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Syracuse University. Carl holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, as well as Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Ithaca College. A tenor, Carl has appeared with the Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Syracuse Symphonies, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Opera, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Rochester Bach Festival, Society for New Music, oratorio societies across New York State and Vermont, and in such venues as the Boston Early Music Festival and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. His oratorio repertoire includes many works of Bach and Handel, as well as such major works as Britten's 'War Requiem', Orff's 'Carmina Burana', and Richard Einhorn's 'Voices of Light' His artistry has received notice in a number of national and international singing competitions, including those sponsored by the National Opera Association, the Concert Artists Guild, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.