Caroline Card Wendt began her studies of music at the piano at the age of three under the tutelage of her mother. She began to study violin at five with Arnold Blome, and made her radio debut at seven. She continued her violin studies at the Juilliard School of Music with Conrad Held and at the David Mannes College as a scholarship pupil of William Kroll. Following a career in performance, she went on to study music education, musicology, folklore, and world music, culminating in the Ph.D. degree in ethnomusicology from Indiana University.

Dr. Wendt conducted string programs in New Jersey and Michigan schools prior to joining the music faculty at the University of Indianapolis. Now retired, she devotes her time to her family, private students, research, and writing. She is married to John Wendt, a software engineer, and has a daughter Sharon and a granddaughter Kate.