Carol Winston

Carol W.

Pasadena, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching classical voice for several years. Having studied voice for over 25 years, I have learned to tailor the lessons to students' specific needs. I specialize in learning with proper technique so that singing is easy and fun. We'll also work on musicality through songs and arias.

About Carol W.

I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I have appeared in lead soprano roles with Opera A La Carte, Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale, Celestial Opera Company, and Landmark Opera. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles and Orange County schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades with Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts. Additionally, I teach beginning to intermediate level piano lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning and intermediate piano and music theory.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.


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8 Reviews
David N.
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Carol is very knowledgeable about performance and acting and gives usable ideas.

Posted Oct 11, 2018
Miranda K.
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Carol is wonderful with children.

Posted Oct 24, 2016
Lana R.
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Very kind & patient :)

Posted Sep 9, 2016
Peter T.
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Great start - first lesson and I immediately felt comfortable with Carol. We started with proper exercises and into the music. She was good at showing me how to improve, and helping me eradicate some bad habits I've picked up.

Posted Aug 29, 2016
Jennifer G.
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Carol is an awesome instructor. She has greatly helped to improve my singing and musical abilities. She is professional and always arrives on time. I highly recommend Carol!

Posted Oct 15, 2015
Marcia A.
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Wonderful teacher! Amazing what I have learned since I began the classes last year.

Posted Oct 14, 2015
Tracy S.
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My high notes are so much better now!

Posted Apr 11, 2015
Ann N.

Excellent teacher

Carol is an excellent voice teacher- I recommend her to any student.

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Photos & Videos

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Voice and Piano Teacher
May 2018 - Present

Cornerstone Music Conservatory

Teach all levels of voice and beginning and intermediate piano students.

Opera Singer
Apr 2016 - Present

Celestial Opera

Sang "Susanna" in Le Nozze di Figaro, "Frasquita" in Carmen and "Adele" in Die Fledermaus.

Voice Teacher
Oct 2014 - Present

Southland Sings

Teach in elementary schools such as LAUSD and other districts for children with special needs.

Oct 2000 - Present

Guild Opera

Performer for outreach productions in schools in bilingual opera Estrella and Barab's Little Red Riding Hood.

Nov 1998 - Present

Southland Opera

Performer in outreach productions in school. Perform in such shows as The Night Harry Stopped Smoking, Mission Nutrition and Operetta, A World Tour.

Opera Singer
Sep 2019 - Nov 2019

Landmark Opera

Sang the role of "Violetta" in La Traviata.

Opera Singer
May 2018 - Jun 2018

Landmark Opera

Sang "Adele" in Die Fledermaus, "Violetta" in La Traviata

Opera Singer
Jan 2014 - May 2017

Celestial Opera

Soprano - "Susanna" in The Marriage of Figaro, "Frasquita" in Carmen, "Adele" in Die Fledermaus

Soprano Soloist
Dec 2003 - May 2014

Laguna Beach Chorale

Soprano soloist in such works as Carmina Burana, Mozart Exultate Jubilate and more.

Soprano Lead
Oct 1984 - Nov 2013

Opera a la Carte

Lead soprano for touring Gilbert and Sullivan Company.

Soprano Soloist
Oct 2006 - Nov 2006

Ballet San Jose

Soprano soloist for production at Ballet San Jose

Voice Teacher
Jul 2005 - Jul 2005



B.A. in Music
Sep 1976 - Jun 1981

University of CA, Santa Barbara



Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


2nd Place Award
Oct 1998


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