Carolyn Eynon, Artistic Director
Carolyn, Founding Artistic Director, was the first woman in the choral conducting program to graduate from the University of Michigan, where she studied for her Doctorate in Musical Arts from 1980-82. After 10 years of public high school choral directing in Michigan, Carolyn moved to Arizona, where she created the Arizona Arts Chorale (AAC) in 1995.
During the past 16 years of directing, the AAC performed with Jackson Berkey from Mannheim Steam Roller, Robert Moody, Hermann Michael, James Sedares, Doc Severinsen, and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. During her tenure with the AAC, the Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall with John Rutter and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Several commissions were performed by local and national composers. The Chorale was also invited to sing in Beijing.
Carolyn has created a 24-voice adult community choir, The Carolyn Eynon Singers, that performs solely North American choral music. They perform at hospices, hospitals, Phoenix Sun’s Basketball games and at a concert series around the Valley of the Sun.
Before arriving in Phoenix, Carolyn directed the 60-voice Madrigal Chorale of Southfield, Michigan for 11 years. She was selected to be the first woman guest conductor of the Plymouth Symphony & Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. As a high school music educator, she toured 3 summers with her choirs through both Eastern and Western Europe, competed in the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, and was the first American choir to tour Bulgaria and Romania in 1977. She was selected to direct the Michigan School Vocal Association Honors Choir. Carolyn performed with the Arizona State University Choral Union as they toured Australia in 2001. In 2010, and she guest-conducted the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.
Carolyn took CES to Carnegie Hall in June 2017 to perform with Doreen Rao, highly regarded choral director who recently won the Robert Shaw award from Chorus America for her life long work in choral music. Carolyn also conducted the Phoenix Symphony in 2017 and prepared the Beethoven Symphony #5 for the Scottsdale Symphony in 2017 with 95 volunteer singers from the Valley.
She enjoys traveling, hiking, adopting big dogs and watching her grandchildren thrive in Seattle.