Teaching Music Lessons in the Fort Collins, CO
CAROL JOY EVANS
New Mexico-born CAROL JOY EVANS has performed as a soloist and choral artist throughout the United States, England, Italy, and Germany. As a choral artist, she worked with leading orchestras and conductors of the world, including Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Gian Carlo Maria Giulini and Robert Shaw with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She spent four seasons with the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, SC, performing operas and concerts live, on radio and on television as a member of the 24-voice Westminster Choir, with which she also recorded 2 CDs: O Magnum Mysterium, sacred choral works from the Renaissance through the 20th century, and Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, Christian Badea conducting.
Carol Joy’s solo engagements in New York City included Poulenc’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Mass in C-minor and Solemn Vespers and Kodaly’s Missa Brevis. She collaborated with fellow musicians, both here and abroad, to benefit various charities, including The Elizabeth House Association of London, England, and the Burden Center for the Aging in New York City. Concert appearances in the metro New York area included art songs and opera arias as well as show tunes and cabaret songs of Britten, Gershwin, Lerner & Lowe, Kern and Rogers & Hammerstein.
Ms. Evans earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy (with honors) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She was one of 2 Americans selected to participate in The Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies’ French Song Master Class in Aldeburgh, England, was a Semi-Finalist in The Liederkranz Competition (New York City), and was awarded First Place in the Advanced Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions (New Jersey). Additional studies include opera workshops with Virginia Zeani (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN), Richard Crittenden (Aquarius Opera Workshop in NYC and American University, Washington, DC), jazz vocal style with Gloria Cooper (Long Island University) and vocal health & pathologies with Dr. Anat Keidar, CCC-SLP (NYC).
Ms. Evans has taught voice privately since earning her Master’s degree in 1987. In addition to private instruction, she taught at the Putnam Music Center in Mahopac, NY, and has conducted vocal seminars for choral organizations including The St. George’s Choral Society and Festival of Voices/Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. While in New York, she also served on the boards of the Professional Women Singers Association and The Dennis Keene Choral Festival.
Carol Joy returned to her Western roots in January 2010, happily relocating to Fort Collins, CO. In addition to her work with Sing for the Health of It, Carol Joy is the Choir Director at Christ Fellowship Church in Fort Collins, and has served as vocal adjudicator with the CO/WY Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (“NATS”) and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association (voice).
Carol Joy’s French Horn Bio
Carol Joy’s success as a singer and voice teacher was grounded in the French horn, which she started playing at the age of 9. By the age of 12, she was transposing and playing first horn parts from a collection of Brahms symphonic works. Shortly thereafter, at age 13, she was selected to attend the MidEast Music Festival sponsored by Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, followed by district and regional bands and orchestras in high school, then first chair of the Penn State Concert Blue Band, on the main campus of over 35, 000 students at Pennsylvania State University.
Upon moving to Fort Collins in January 2010, she resumed her French horn studies with Clint Baker/Exquisite Brass Quintet and began playing with the FPC (First Presbyterian Church) Orchestra. In 2013, she was invited to join the Fort Collins French Horn Ensemble, a gathering of 22+horn players from Northern Colorado playing repertoire as diverse as Sibelius’ Finlandia and Phantom of the Opera. Carol Joy has found it gratifying to transfer years of high level vocal musicianship to the art of French horn playing and is eager to share all she’s learned with beginning players of all ages and build a solid foundation for years of instrumental enjoyment.