For the past 27 years Carol Westcott has devoted herself to educating the next generation of singers in her private studio in Baltimore, Maryland. An expert in teaching adolescent and young adult singers, she is equally skilled at teaching classical and contemporary vocalists. Numerous students that worked with Carol while in middle school and high school are attending renowned BFA and Vocal Performance programs such as, NYU Tisch, University of Miami, Royal Scottish Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of the Arts, Northwestern University, and Shenandoah Conservatory. Due to the high demand for competent teachers of contemporary vocal technique, Carol has spent her career becoming qualified in teaching contemporary vocalists of all styles. Beyond vocal technique, Carol has an extensive knowledge of the repertoire associated with contemporary singing. She is known for helping students find the perfect musical theatre audition songs. Her knowledge of rock and pop from the 50’s to present is unsurpassed. She is also well versed in Jazz, R&B, Gospel and Country. As a performer, Carol has sung styles as diverse as rock and opera.
Her students have appeared on Broadway and National Television. She was the vocal coach for Episode 8 of the Netflix series, House of Cards. She arranged songs and coached actors, Kevin Spacey, David Andrews, J. C. MacKenzie, and William Hill. Maya Goldman was “Young Fiona” in Shrek on Broadway. Kelly Nealon is appearing as “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast at Hong Kong Disney after several stints on Disney Cruise Lines. Carol was the official voice teacher to the Lion King National Touring Company. She worked with Gilman School graduate, Preston Suan, who was a member of the Dartmouth Aires when they were the runner up in the 2011 season of The Sing Off. Carol also works with numerous rock and pop singers in local and national acts. Her student, Mike Smith was the lead guitarist in the band Limp Bizkit. He is now the lead singer and songwriter in the band Evolver. Carol worked with Jenn Wasner of the national band Wye Oak prior to her 2011-12 world tour. She coached Jenn on a song that she sang on Jimmy Fallon Live in July of 2011.
Carol earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Vocal Performance from The Peabody Conservatory. She has additional certifications in teaching contemporary vocal technique. She is a Level III certified teacher of Somatic Voicework TM The LoVetri Method from Shenandoah Conservatory. She completed the Bel Canto, Can Belto program under the tutelage of Mary Saunders Barton, head of the Musical Theatre Voice Department at Penn State. She traveled to London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to work with Gillyanne Kayes, author of “Singing and The Actor” and teacher of West End singers. Her latest certification is in Level II Estill Voice Craft.
Carol is a Singing Voice Specialist. This designation qualifies her to work with damaged and injured voices. She receives patient referrals and works closely with the Voice Pathologists and Laryngologists at Johns Hopkins/GBMC Voice Center.
Carol is in demand as a clinician and competition judge. She periodically offers Musical Theatre Audition Workshops assisted by experts in Theatre and Dance.
Member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).
Carol Anne Westcott received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Dr. Stanley Cornett, and later studies with contralto Beverly Benso and Alexander Technique specialist, Dr. Cinda Thomas. An active member of the Baltimore music community she was the alto soloist for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, under the direction of James Harp for four years. Having a passion for Oratorio she has performed as the alto soloist in six Bach cantatas in the past several years, as well as Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat. A frequent soloist with The Handel Choir of Baltimore, she sang the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah and the Bach Magnificat. She has been singing professionally with the Baltimore Opera Chorus for twelve seasons, and has performed leading roles with regional opera companies around the country. Opera roles include Bianca in the Rape of Lucretia, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in the Marriage of Figaro, and Mere Marie in the Dialogues of the Carmelites. She also performs frequently with Opera Vivente.
In addition to performing Opera, Carol has sung Jazz, Cabaret and was the lead singer and keyboardist in several rock bands; including two Baltimore bands, Candy and the Conspiracy and Radman West. She is a gifted songwriter an accomplished pianist. Currently, she has a budding career as a performer of traditional Celtic music in which she accompanies her vocals on Celtic Harp.
Carol w/ Radman West. Lead Vocals.
Carol w/ Radman West. Background Vocals.
Carol w/ Radman West. Lead Vocals.
Carol performing in the Opera Aria Cruda sorte by Gioacchino Rossini