Carol Joy ("CJ") Evans, M.M.

Carol Joy "CJ" E.

Fort Collins, CO

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Carol Joy ("CJ") delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1987

Welcome! I'm glad you're here and hope we'll have a chance to work together.

I've been singing and teaching professionally for over 25 years, 22 of those in New York City and have had the privilege of making music with some amazing world-class musicians including:
~ Riccardo Muti/Philadelphia Orchestra/Carnegie Hall/NYC;
~ Kurt Masur/Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Avery Fisher Hall/NYC; and
~ Eugene Ormandy/ Philadelphia Orchestra/Academy of Music/Philadelphia, PA.

My training and honors include:
~ Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ: Master of Music
~ Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England: French Song
~ Dr. Gloria Cooper/Long Island University: Jazz Vocal Style
~ Lisa Popeil/Los Angeles: Popular Vocal Style
~ Liederkrantz Competition, NYC: Semi-finalist
~ NATS Student Auditions/Advanced Division/NJ: First Place
~ Pennsylvania State University/State College, PA: B.A.

*** Lesson Details ***
What will happen? During our first lesson, after I hear you sing and get to know you a bit, I'll select a collection of songs for you to use (accompaniment CD included). Some of the song collections include: Classical Contest Solos, 36 Solos for Young Singers, Disney Solos for Kids, Kids Broadway Songbook, First Book of Broadway Solos, Jazz Standards, Teens' Musical Theatre or Singer's Musical Theater Anthology.

Whether you're a beginner or advanced student, we'll always look at the basics first: things like posture, breathing, stretching, and tension-release. We'll also work on basic musicianship, diction, presentation and interpretation appropriate for your age and level. We'll use a voice lesson notebook created especially for your age/stage to help guide you through your lessons. I'll encourage you to perform in front of others, starting with our own Spring Recital, but also including periodic voice and master classes.

No matter what your age, ability or interest, I can help you:
a) have fun learning to sing better;
b) prepare a solo for family, friends or a piano bar,
c) prepare for a college or community choir audition, or
d) simply learn to make more beautiful sounds and see where it leads.

What are you waiting for? 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated Music Room: Piano, microphones, music stand, seating for parents in room as well as in larger waiting room , music collections for sale, diction charts, music reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Preferably, student should have a keyboard of some sort for warm-ups. I will provide CD player/amplifier with mic.

*** Specialties ***
I teach a healthy, free approach to singing based on a classic vocal technique of tall/aligned posture, low/released breath, suspended ribcage and relaxed jaw. That technique is applied (with necessary variation) to classical songs (arias, art and folk ) and non-classical songs (musical theater, cabaret/jazz standards, pop). We'll also cover basic musicianship and music reading.

> art songs, arias in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish for all age groups
> teaching the voice as an instrument for all ages
> vocal techniques for rock/pop singers
> beginning to intermediate French horn for all ages

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Sep 1999 - Present
Sing for the Health of It!

Owner and teacher, private music studio in Fort Collins, CO, and metropolitan New York City.

Voice Teacher
Sep 1999 - Jun 2002
Putnam Music Center

Private voice instruction, ages 7-adult

Member, Professional Choir & Soloist
Sep 1996 - Jun 2001
Marble Collegiate Church, NYC

Member of 24-voice professional choir, preparing weekly anthems, 2-3 concerts per year, solo work as requested


Master of Music, Voice Performance and Pedagogy
Aug 1982 - May 1987
Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


First Place - Advanced Division
Apr 1986
National Association of Teachers of Singing


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2002

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Welcome to this comfortable home studio where some seriously fun singing happens!

Some of the singers at the annual Christmas Open House 2013

Diane & Gigi - a dynamic mother/daughter duo!

Having some fun during our carol-sing at the Christmas Open House 2014

Anna sharing a solo

NATS 2014 singers at Colorado State Universiity

Katelyn at Spring Sing 2013

Scott prepares for performance at Spring Sing 2013

Singers young and not-so-young at Spring Sing 2013.  Grads now at Metro State University and University of Wyoming


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