Before devoting himself full time to solo performing, Carl won the McKnight Performance Award, with Minnesota Orchestra Co-Principal flute Barbara Leibundguth, the McKnight Composer Fellowship, the Quinto Maganini Award, ASCAP awards, and grants and commissions from the Walker Art Center, the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the Dayton-Hudson foundation, the Target Foundation, the Twin Cities Metropolitan Arts Council, the Brannon-Cooper Fund, the Fisher Scientific Trust, the Upper Midwest Flute Association, the Faith Partners Residency, and Nautilus Music Theater, Zeitgeist, Opus 21, and individual patrons.
His discography includes releases on the Innova, CRI, Troy-Albany, Centaur, and Heon labels.
Opus 21, Karuna
Flutist Barbara Leibundguth, Duo, Blessing
Flutist Wissam Boustany, This Invisible World
Bagpiper Dick Hensold, Greeting Song
Minneapolis Chamber Symphony, After Sketches in Spain
Corn Palace Productions, Rings Ringing
The Lyra Concert, Cello Concerto
Flying Sisters Theatre, Improvisations for Dance
Borrowed Bones Dance Theatre, Corridors of Sleep, Two Fridas, Hungry Ghost
Cellist Kirsten Whitson, Liberty
Walker Art Center, Figures in Tension
Bet Shalom, Hassidic Song, Psalm 103, Building of the Tabernacle
United Theological Seminary, Hymns
Nautilus Music Theater, Ophelia at the Bates Hotel
Blacklock Nature Sanctuary
Minnesota Dance Theatre
Jerome Foundation Minnesota Ballet Theatre
"Witt is the real thing. He's worth going out of your way to hear."
—Randall Beard, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Eastman School of Music: DMA in Composition and Applied Piano
Southern Methodist University: Master of Music
Western Michigan University: Bachelor of Music
Sophia Rosoff, New York: studied the pedagogical and performing methods of Abby Whiteside.
Director of Music, Saint Andrew's Sewanee School
Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist, Minnesota Opera: Collaborated with Maurice Sendak and Oliver Knussen on Where the Wild Things Are and three world premiers.
Co-Artistic Director, Zeitgeist: Presented world premiers of works by John Cage, Terry Riley, Paul Dresher, Jerome Kitzke, Warren Kreuger, Martin Bresnick, Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, and many more.
Music Director and Organist, Unity Church-Unitarian, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Music Director and Organist, First Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers, Michigan
Concert improvisations with choreographers Chris Aiken and Peter Bingham, Flying Sisters Theatre, Borrowed Bones Dance Theatre, Zeitgeist, and the James Sewell Ballet.