Instructor of Voice
M.M. The Juilliard School
B.A. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Carolyn Sebron is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her career has taken her to the great theaters of Europe, in particular the historic theaters of Italy. It is there that she made the most important strides in repertoire and experience. She debuted in Italy as Carmen in a 1996 production in Palermo, Italy, and in the following years added major mezzo soprano roles from the core repertoire – Aida, Carmen, Don Carlos, La Favorite, Samson et Dalila, Maria Stuarda, Cavalleria Rusticana and Adriana Lecouvreur. L'Arena di Verona, Bologna, Rome, Venice, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, opposite Placido Domingo in an international broadcast of Samson et Dalila from Teatro Real in Madri;, Barcelona, the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, Marseille, Glasgow, Ravenna Festival, Genova, Firenze, Turino, Bilbao, the Spoleto Festival, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, Macerata, Limoges, France, Sao Paolo, Brazil, Seoul, Korea, and Omaha, Nebraska, in the heart of the Midwest, are all cities and theaters which have made her welcome.
With a concert repertoire as diverse as El Amor Brujo, Alexander Nevsky and Das Lied von der Erde, she has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra during the London Proms 2001 as alto soloist in the Verdi Requiem; with the Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Spoleto Festival in Italy and many New York based organizations including the Oratorio Society, Collegiate Chorale, Opera Ebony, New York Grand Opera, the American Composers’ Orchestra and the Bronx Arts Festival. She has appeared with the Dance Theater of Harlem as their vocal soloist for productions of Prince Igor and Songs of Mahler at City Center, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington. She has performed live as Frankie in Carmen Jones, the London West End production; on the 1991 Olivier Awards broadcast throughout Europe; the Evening Standard Awards broadcast on the BBC-TV, and in concert on WNYC-FM “Around New York” and WQXR radio stations in New York. She has presented recitals in Prague, Venice, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, Cincinnati, Bermuda, Guadeloupe, Rome, Paris and Nairobi, Kenya.
She began her voice studies in the Preparatory Division of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music while in high school. She entered the University on a Corbett Scholarship earning a Bachelor of Music degree and holds her Master of Music degree in voice performance from The Juilliard School. She has received scholarships and grants from the Corbett Foundation, the Three Arts Fund of Cincinnati, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. the Norman Treigle Memorial Fund, and the Ohio Baptist Convention. She was the Roland Hayes Fellowship recipient at the Tanglewood/Berkshire Music Center, first place winner in the Studio Club of New York Voice competition, winner of the San Francisco Opera New York Regional Auditions, a winner of the Pro Musicis International Award and a Music for the World Foundation artist grant recipient. She has previous served on faculty at Medgar Evers College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College both part of the City University of New York. She is currently a doctoral candidate in voice pedagogy at Shenandoah University and is newly appointed as an Assistant Professor of Voice at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.