When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a veterinarian. I love animals.
What would you rather be doing right now? Reading or working crossword puzzles.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I escaped from my parents to join the church choir one Sunday when I was 2.
Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? In recent years, being inducted into the C-SC Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2016.
It really stinks when ... people waste their talent; when much is given, much really is expected.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? The one I would best like next to my name is gracious.
I always laugh when ... I hear witty word play. Notice I said witty.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Epictetus, Leonardo da Vinci and my husband. They're all pragmatists and interested in absolutely everything.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... read historical murder mysteries.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... musical.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... ethnomusicologist John Jacob Niles. He came to my senior recital.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... travel with my family.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... cross a primitive suspension footbridge over a gorge.
America should be more concerned about ... honoring arts and education. As the problems of the world grow more complex, solutions will require deeper critical and creative reasoning from those who think well.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... recycled scratch paper for jotting down lists.
When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Google search. I'm usually finding out something new for writing program notes.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Think of the world as you would like it to be, but deal with it as it is -- from my dad.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... NPR or Mary Griffith.
I always get sentimental when ... people reminisce about my family and my students.
The older I get, the more I realize ... the world has some problems you have to keep fixing.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... take more photos. I always forget.
My favorite item of clothing is ... my baggy C-SC fleece pullover. I've worn it on airplanes and music tours, and it always looks right.
If I've learned anything at all ... it's to take up eagerly the things you can do something about, but let go of what you can't change, even if you are sad about it.
Carol Mathieson, who is closing in on 70, is a singer who has had the extraordinary luck to have spent a career performing, teaching and delving into the deepest secrets of music. Mathieson is from "points East" -- Delaware for most of her early schooling, Tennessee for college and early teaching, Iran for her first college teaching, then Iowa for a doctor of musical arts when she started teaching at Culver-Stockton College in 1975.