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Teachers at the Old Town School

Carol Kagy


Carol stresses the basics of singing: breathing, support, and getting rid of tension
to achieve a natural free sound. A typical lesson involves voice building exercises and repertoire development. If you play an instrument or write music both of these can be integrated into the lessons.

Carol has taught voice at The New York Commercial School of Music, jazz vocal styles at City College in New York and voice lessons at Ithaca College as part of her MM program.

Carol began her music career in Eugene, Oregon, where she was born, eventually moving to Portland then on to New York City. While in New York she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts
in music performance at The City College of New York. At school she was studying with acclaimed jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan. After receiving her BFA she was asked to temporarily replace Sheila as a teacher because she was busy touring and couldn’t commit to teaching for a year. As an adjunct professor, Carol also taught individual voice lessons and a musicianship class focusing on sight singing and rhythm.

During her time in New York she was singing in clubs, most notably Birdland, and premiered a musical work at Symphony Space. The piece called “ A Drum is a Woman” , written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, went on to be performed at The Beacon Theater with The Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Carol loved teaching at City College so much that she decided to pursue a Masters degree.
She received an assistantship from Ithaca College in upstate New York. As part of her duties she taught voice lessons and conducted a vocal jazz ensemble. Upon graduation she had intended to return to New York City but was offered the opportunity to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra
as their female vocalist. After traveling the world for 2 1/2 years she left the band and moved to Chicago. Although off the road band she continued singing with the international unit of the Orchestra performing in Europe and South America.

After relocating to Chicago, Carol was working in clubs and teaching voice. She joined the faculty of the Old Town School in 1999.

Started at the Old Town School in February of 2000