Carolyn Dorff


Artist-in-Residence in Voice


Carolyn Dorff holds a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has performed extensively across the United States, most notably as “Lily” in the second national Broadway Tour of The Secret Garden. Her resume is filled with a wide variety of credits from Opera, Musical Theatre, Oratorios, Symphonic Work, Recitals, Folk and children’s music, straight Theatre, and Dance.


Carolyn’s operatic and musical theatre roles include The Marriage of Figaro (Countess), The Magic Flute (Papagena), Pirates of Penzance (Josephine), Postcards from Morocco (Lady With a Cake Box), and leading roles in The Music Man, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Dames at Sea, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Carousel, The King and I, Curtains, Gypsy, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, to name a few.  She has also performed solos with many orchestras, including Green Eggs and Ham with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Boise Philharmonic, and Mahler’s 2nd with the North Carolina Symphony. Carolyn has appeared in many straight theatre roles as well, including Same Time, Next Year (Doris), Extremities (Marjorie), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchitt), Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. Van Daan), and Wisdom of Eve (Margot Crane).


Carolyn has distinguished herself not only as a performer but also as a teacher, both in the studio and on the stage in Master Classes. Her teaching style is designed to instill a sense of self-confidence, honesty in presentation, and love of performance in each student. Her instruction emphasizes proper singing technique, including the essentials of breathing, support, and the relaxed production of sound, as well as the fundamentals of acting and performance.  Producing the “sound” is not enough; presenting the music effectively is essential. Students in vocal genres from opera to musical theater to jazz to country to reggae to rock have used her techniques. Many of Carolyn’s students have appeared on Broadway, in movies and on television, and have recorded their own material. It has been noted that Carolyn’s students have a very strong presence and confidence on stage.  They are encouraged to use expression, eye contact and communication of their text in their performances, in addition to a healthy and natural vocal sound.  Carolyn’s teaching philosophy is grounded in a strong foundation in acting training as well as supported vocal production.


Carolyn comes to us from Central Pennsylvania, where for the past five years, she has been running a successful voice studio.  Before that she had another successful studio for ten years in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has had winners in both Classical and Musical Theatre categories at the NATS state and regional competitions. Many of her graduating High School students have gone on to College Music programs, such as North Carolina School of the Arts, Oberlin University, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, Wilmington and Greensboro), East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Elon University, George Mason, DePaul, Marymount Manhattan, Meredith College, and Messiah College.


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