Carolyn Paulin, Choral Instructor
Carolyn was the founding conductor and Music Director Emerita of the Oak Park and River Forest Children’s Chorus (now known as Pro Musica), leading that professional- level community ensemble for 10 years. Under her direction OPRFCC Choirs performed in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, with the Chicago Youth Symphony and Northwest Symphony, at national, regional and state conferences, and toured throughout the United States and in Europe. She also is founder and Music Director Emerita of the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, which she led from 1978 to 1989.
As a conductor and teacher, Dr. Paulin has served as an adjunct professor on the faculties of a number of Illinois colleges and universities, including North Central College in Naperville, Knox College in Galesburg, Roosevelt University, Concordia University (River Forest) and VanderCook College of Music. For two seasons she was music director of the Fleur de Lys Chorale, a 16-voice professional adult choir, and led the Galesburg Community Chorus and Orchestra during the 1989-90 season. From 1998 to 2009 Carolyn was a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. She also has written several articles for The Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association.
From 2001 to 20014 Carolyn was a producer and program host at 98.7 WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network. There she produced local and Network programming, including many multi-part radio series, including First Ladies of Music with Virginia Eskin, Song of America with Thomas Hampson and three separate series from the Salzburg Festival. She also did programming research, appeared as an on-air announcer – including hosting the monthly Live from NEIU “Jewel Box” Concert series and the Chicago Chamber Musicians First Monday Concerts. Carolyn also produced the monthly Ryan Opera Center Recital series, featuring young vocal artists from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center. and she produced the live opening night broadcasts from Lyric Opera.
After her study with Dr. Howard Swan at Occidental College, Carolyn continued academic work at the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, studying conducting and choral literature with Dr. Elmer Thomas and voice with Italo Tajo. Her conducting teachers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were Harold Decker and Paul Vermel, and her voice teachers were Frances Crawford and William Miller. While at the U of I she taught conducting, conducted the Illini Women’s Choir and Madrigal Singers, and worked as chorus master for Illinois Opera Theatre for four seasons.
Dr. Paulin has been active as a clinician and workshop conductor in the Midwest, has served as an adjudicator and lecturer at contests and conferences, and has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. She lives in Scarborough, Maine, with her husband, Paul Vermel, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois School of Music, conductor laureate of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and former Music Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.
A.B. in music (voice), Occidental College, Los Angeles
M.A. in music (choral conducting), Occidental College, Los Angeles
D.M.A. in music (choral conducting), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign