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Singing Straight-ahead, Latin and Original JaZz...

... with some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest!

Visit the Videos page to see Carolena and her musicians in action!

Upcoming Public Gigs

Hotel Sorrento
September 22, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
900 Madison St.
Seattle, WA  98104

Patriot's Landing Veteran's Day Celebration
November 11, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
6008 Mount Tacoma Dr., SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

The Bleu Note
November 29, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
and Osama Afifi (bass)
6008 Mount Tacoma Dr., SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

Please visit Carolena's Calendar page for additional upcoming public performances.

PLEASE NOTE:  Private events are NOT reflected on the calendar.  Please use the Contact Artist page to inquire about open dates and booking Carolena for your special event.

Tunes - with John Stowell, guitar

Offering Online Voice Lessons

Technology makes it possible for Carolena to teach students from all over the world via Skype, ooVoo and FaceTime in real time.


What is necessary is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, an external mic (unless your computer is equipped with a good one) and Voila!  You can enjoy the benefits of private voice lessons in the comfort of your own home.

Voice Studio Gift Certificates

Voice lessons make the Perfect Gift for friends and loved ones!  Purchase your Gift Certificates today and give the gift of song.

Upon occasion a prospective student will ask me, in regard to singing mastery, "How long will it take?"  In America we definitely have an "instant gratification" mentality and TV programs like "American Idol" and "The Voice," etc., perpetuate that mindset.  (Not to mention the encouragement that is given to unhealthy and even damaging vocal practices via the reward system of standing ovations given by those adjudicating the contests.)  My answer to the "How long?" question is always, "It depends, how good do you want to be?"

The reality is that it takes approximately 10,000 hours to master any skill.  The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it and the better you will become.  The best professional musicians know that the learning cycle never ends.  We are always seeking new tunes, better techniques and new ways in which to spark our creative flames. And there is always, always, ALWAYS satisfaction and joy in the learning process!

I'm thankfully still learning.  I'm gratefully still growing.  And it is my sincere desire to continue on this joyful, fascinating path of mastery, ad infinitum.


My thanks to Tom Barton for writing this letter to the editor.