Carol Joy ("CJ") Evans, M.M.
TEACHER: New Mexico-born CAROL JOY EVANS has maintained a private studio since earning her Master's degree in1987, taught voice at the Putnam Music Center in Mahopac, NY, and conducted vocal seminars for choral organizations in New York City, including The St. George’s Choral Society and Festival of Voices/Marble Collegiate Church. Carol Joy's training as a teacher of voice includes techniques to help singers interested in different genres or styles (classical, musical theater, pop, rock & roll, jazz) use their vocal instruments wisely.
CHORAL ARTIST: Carol Joy 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.
SOLOIST & BENEFIT MUSICIAN: 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. Concerts to benefit various charities include The Hyde Park Fire and Hurricane Sandy victims (First Presbyterian Church/Fort Collins), The Elizabeth House Association of London, England, and The Burden Center for the Aging in New York City, including art songs and opera arias as well as show tunes and cabaret songs of Britten, Gershwin, Lerner & Lowe, Kern and Rogers & Hammerstein.
CONDUCTOR & ARRANGER: Carol Joy has been Choir & Orchestra Director at Christ Fellowship Church in Fort Collins since 2014, and arranges music for choral, brass, and string ensembles to accommodate the varying abilities of the musicians with whom she works.
TRAINING: 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. Additional studies include jazz vocal style with Gloria Cooper (Long Island University) and vocal health & pathologies with Dr. Anat Keidar, CCC-SLP (NYC).
HONORS: Carol Joy 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).
ETCETERA: Carol Joy 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), and LOVES spending time with her rescue retriever mix, Stella.
FRENCH HORN: 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.
After moving to Fort Collins in 2010, Ms. Evans resumed her French horn studies with Clint Baker, played with the First Presbyterian Church Orchestra, and the Fort Collins French Horn Ensemble. She's enjoyed transferring years of professional vocal experience to the art of French horn playing, and is eager to share all she’s learned with beginning players of all ages.