Carol J. Binkowski


"Writing is an adventure."
---Winston Churchill

Carol J. Binkowski writes about music, history, and a variety of other topics. Her most recent work, Opening Carnegie Hall, was published by McFarland & Company in 2016. It traces the story of the creation of this famous musical landmark and focuses on the thrilling five-day festival that celebrated the building's inauguration in 1891 -- a spectacular event that featured Tchaikovsky as special guest conductor. Archival records, selected memoirs and journals, and historical newspapers and publications served as the basis for this narrative.

Her biography of Joseph F. Lamb, published by McFarland & Company in 2012, is the first full-length chronicle of this classic ragtime composer's life. Considered to be one of the "big three" -- along with Scott Joplin and James Scott -- Lamb wrote such enduring works as "American Beauty" and "Ragtime Nightingale." This account focuses on his music and his world with material drawn from both family and research sources.

The expanded second edition of New Jersey's Remarkable Women -- co-authored by Carol and Lynn Wenzel -- was recently released by Globe Pequot. It tells the stories of fourteen extraordinary and inspiring women -- all born before 1900 -- who made significant contributions within the arts, medicine, religion, activism, and other diverse areas.

Carol's essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, AAA Traveler, Literary, Writers' Journal, Clavier, Grit, The New York Daily News, The Optimist, and The Instrumentalist, among other publications. A book reviewer for Library Journal, she was awarded its 2011 Special Reviewer’s Citation.

A freelance pianist and organist in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, Carol has also created and presented programs on music and history for cultural/educational groups.




The story, the people, and the events behind the 1891 opening of this world-famous concert hall.

Biographies of fourteen inspiring women from New Jersey's history (co-authored with Lynn Wenzel).

The biography of one of classic ragtime's "big three" composers.

“An important contribution to the literature on ragtime.”
– Library Journal

“Keeps the reader enthralled from beginning to end.”
– Jack Rummel, Ragtime Reviews

“A first-rate job.”
– Larry Karp, author of The Ragtime Kid

“Essential to anyone interested in ragtime.”
-- Bryan Wright, VJM’s Jazz & Blues Mart

"Excellent account."
--Tony Caramia, ARSC Journal

"An impressive and meticulously researched work."
--Edward A. Berlin, American Music Review