Spotlight: Donor- Margaret Carno

Dr. Margaret-Ann Carno is an accomplished Rochester, New York based Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and a Director and Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester. Margaret’s lifelong love of music brought her to Music Forward, as a donor, an Alliance member, and an advocate of our mission.


1. What is your favorite memory involving music?

Being a little girl sitting next to my dad while he played the piano.

2. What is the most rewarding part of being involved with Music Forward?

Knowing that I am helping young people achieve their dreams. Encouraging and providing support in anyway possible for the generation behind me is very important. Through helping those involved in Music forward, I feel I am contributing to the next group of musicians, producers, tour managers, etc so others can experience music in their life.

3. What is one piece of advice you would give a young person getting started in their career?

While I am not a professional musician or “in the business” my advice would be to never give up. Life has many twists and turns but hold on to your passion and drive.

4. What is your all-time favorite concert experience?

Seeing the Foo Fighters at The Fillmore New Orleans on May 15th and 16th 2019, I was able to go both nights and was within a couple of people of the stage. Seeing a performance of such a great band with only 2,000 other fans (as opposed to big stadiums) was incredible. The feeling from those concerts are unable to be put into words. I was able to share the experience with close friends and also brought two young musicians with me to experience the concerts. Finally, without my determination to see the Foo Fighters in New Orleans, I would not have learned about Music Forward, so for that I am very grateful to the band and their music.

5. How does music move you?

Music has always been an important part of my life. Through being a very young child and listening to my dad play the piano and guitar, myself learning how to play the piano and saxophone and now as an adult learning the electric guitar and drums, music has helped me through difficult times and elevated joy during times of happiness. A day does not go by where I do not listen or try to make music. Without music, my life would be very sad. As I tell my friends, you can have my TV but you cannot take away my music!

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