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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

The Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival
May 30, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
w/ Bill Anschell (piano)
and Osama Afifi (bass)
Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave., NE
Bellevue, WA  98004

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 the platform Zoom 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!  External speakers for your computer are likewise helpful.  Then 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.

Correct vocal mechanics are essential.  Without that foundation, you'll never be able to sing with physical ease and you will always be at risk for vocal damage. However, another essential part of the equation is artistry.  Artistry encompasses several areas:  You have to be able to tell the story, express the emotions of the tune and make your audience believe them.  You need to take them on the journey along with you or you'll lose them before you've even left the train station.  This can be broken down into many elements, some of which are stated below in the words of Ray Charles:

"With singing, the name of the game is to make yourself believable. When somebody hears you sing a song and they say, 'Oh, that must have happened to him,' that's when you know you're transmitting.  It's like being a good actor.  You make people feel things, emotions and whatnot.  But you gotta start with yourself.  You got to feel it yourself.  If you don't feel it, how do you expect someone else to?" ~Ray Charles