"Music has been a life-altering experience for me.
I love opportunities to help make music come alive for others."
Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, majoring in organ with a minor in voice, and a focus on conducting, coaching, and accompanying, and is certificated in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She has been fortunate to enjoy a career in music and explore many facets of the music industry in performance, education, ministry,
Choral music has been a focal point of study from her earliest experiences in school choirs to singing with the famed Symphonic Choir of Westminster Choir College - the choir-in-residence for major choral works performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC and sought after by other area concert halls. These marvelous opportunities introduced her to singing with fine conductors such as, Ricardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Robert Shaw, Frauke Haasemann, Joseph Flummerfelt, and even taking part in the World Premiere of Dave Brubeck's "To Hope! A Celebration". Inspired by this excellent training Carol has been conducting and accompanying choirs from the littlest cherubs to our beloved seniors, instrumental ensembles, and congregations on a weekly basis for over thirty-five years, and has found this to be an exhilarating and deeply meaningful experience.
Instrumental music has encompassed a wide variety of interests and mastery.
Beginning with piano lessons at the age of four and including studies with Sara
Nehman, student of Claudio Arrau, the piano has been Carol's great love and she has
continued to perform, coach and accompany, and maintain a piano studio throughout
her entire career.
Flute and oboe lessons in elementary school led to being the drum major with the
high school marching band, inspiring her to teach elementary and middle-school band
and general music in public and private schools for many years.
Organ lessons as a teen with Bill Fenimore, and college studies with Eugene Roan,
Robert Carwithen, and Joan Lippincott, ignited a passion for such a powerful instrument
and its music. She has been thrilled to perform on many fine instruments around the
country, and weekly in the Seattle area.
One more unique instrumental interest was the introduction to handbells under the
direction of Donald Allured. As a member of his concert choir, Carol was honored to
perform the World Premiere concert of the first seven octave set (C2 - C9) of handbells
by Malmark, notably holding '3-in-hand'. She has been a clinician of handbell workshops
and festivals, and performs as a solo handbell ringer.
Carol's own children were the impetus of her experience in music education and
directing music theater from pre-school on through high school. They even provided
musical assistance with the accompaniment of several musicals at The Drew Harvey
Theater in Yelm, WA. They are living proof of the effects music has in stimulating the mind, as two brilliant young women pursuing higher education with full academic scholarships.
Recent explorations have brought light on a whole new world...
Jazz, swing, blues, pop. Bands, gigs, keys. Needed now are few groupies to lug around the equipment, and a bit more time to understand the language of music-making with no written score.
Music therapy and developing a unique brand of music for healing and reflection, inspired by studies with the certificated program - Music for Transition and Healing.
Plus a few recordings are in the works.
In the Seattle scene, Carol has been so pleased to find her special niche, having discovered performance venues, and elder and hospice communities to welcome her gifts of music and healing. She maintains a music studio in Ballard - teaching virtual voice, piano, and organ lessons, along with coaching and accompaniment. Carol also directs music/organist/pianist for two faith communities in the Puget Sound region. Her YouTube and Facebook channels currently host daily performances of Songs of Comfort and Joy during the COVID pandemic.