Carla was for ten years, a principal flute with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, based at the Sydney Opera House as well as the Sydney Symphony, and has performed with most of the Australian orchestras. She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and did post graduate studies at the London Guildhall School of Music in the UK. She also has a Masters degree in music and film from the Queensland University of Technology. She taught flute and improvisation at tertiary level at that University. She is presently finishing Doctoral studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.