Singing since she could talk, along with her father and his guitar, Caroline developed a natural sense of pitch and harmony. Joining her first choir at age 6, she continued to perform in choirs and smaller ensembles throughout her school years and into adulthood, being noted as a harmony specialist. A chance discussion with a very experienced choir member led her to embark on a journey, which continues today.
Undertaking singing lessons as an adult, she found learning solo repertoire a challenge and a joy. It also reconnected her with the piano skills she learned as a teenager. Over the course of the next 7 years Caroline undertook singing exams with Trinity College London. After achieving a Distinction in Grade 8, she subsequently completed her Performer's Certificate followed by her Associate Diploma (ATCL) in December 1999. She has been teaching since that time, with students achieving excellent exam results, and with a particular focus on HSC repertoire selection and preparation. She is currently nearing completion of a Bachelor of Music through the University of New England, studying part-time enabling her to continue teaching and care for her family.
Caroline has been exposed to many styles of vocal music and during her studies developed a passion for musical theatre. She has performed in many productions in Newcastle and Maitland over the past 20 years as both an ensemble member and Principal. Shows include: Hello Dolly; Gilbert & Sullivan (Pirates, Mikado, Pinafore, Iolanthe, Gondoliers, Patience, Ruddigore, Trial by Jury); His Majesty's Pleasure; Children of Eden; A Little Night Music; and Witches of Eastwick. She is particularly excited about the new Musical Theatre syllabus offered by the AMEB and looks forward to sharing her passion with students.
"Musical Theatre is great escapism as an art form - taking on a character is quite liberating. It can also be somewhat of a challenge to combine singing with movement and dialogue. I love the collegial atmosphere which exists within a group working towards a common goal."