carolyn violi.jpgOur resident Musical Director and Accompanist holds a BS in Music Education and a Certification in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After teaching in Pennsylvania public schools for more than twenty years, she has educated and musically directed students of all ages. She was awarded PA District 3 Music Teacher of the Year in 1984, and has been a guest conductor for various high school festivals.

As an educator, Carolyn’s leadership and passion were recognized, and she was able to venture into the world of professional theatre. For three and a half years, she travelled the country as the conductor for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, with Emmy-award winning conductor Michael Kosarin as her Music Supervisor. This tour allowed her to perform in all fifty states, most major cities and all Canadian provinces.

Carolyn has toured with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Goodbye Girl (with Eddie Mekka), and has played in the pit for Wicked, The Color Purple and Spamalot. She has musically directed for Alabama Shakespeare Festival, La Comedia, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Virginia Samford Theatre, Birmingham-Southern College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and Red Mountain Theatre Company.

Carolyn's current project is that of co-producer for the new musical Chasing Rainbows, the story of Judy Garland before Oz. The show was produced at Flat Rock Playhouse with scheduled September 2016 performances at Goodspeed Opera House. Carolyn was also voted the Best Musical Director in Birmingham by Broadwayworld.com in 2015.

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cvioli@uab.edu