Carolyn Jean Brady serves as a voice teacher in the Theatre Conservatory. Her current and former clients have performed with the Broadway Cast of Book of Mormon, Broadway in Chicago, National Tour of School of Rock, NBC's The Voice, Walt Disney World, Goodman Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Marriot Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Porchlight, Music Theatre Works, BOHO, Theo Ubique, American Blues, the Southwest Indiana Symphony, Chicago Opera Theatre. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has previously served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and Saint Xavier University in Chicago.
?She has music directed for professional theatre; Jeff-Nominated Bullets Over Broadway (Night Blue), The Wedding Singer, the Jeff-Nominated The Who’s Tommy (named one of the Best of Chicago Theatre 2009 in the Chicago Sun Times’ Hedy Weiss Theatre Critic column) & Meet Me in St. Louis at Circle Theatre, most recently Little Shop of Horrors and Nunsense at Curtain Call Theatre in Mokena, college productions at Moraine Valley College and Triton College, children’s theatre for Circle Theatre Emerging Young Artists Program, St. Francis High School and St. Ignatius College Prep. She is currently Vocal Director for the 2020 All-State Cast of AIDA and served as Assistant Vocal Director for the 2009 All-State Cast of Hairspray at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. She has music directed and directed several other productions chosen to be performed at the festival.
After training for her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a Minor in Theatre (Illinois State University) and Master of Music in Vocal Performance (Roosevelt University), Carolyn has performed in the opera, musical theatre, and concert genres. Credits include: Grant Park Symphony Chorus (Soprano & Alto), the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah (First Unitarian of Chicago), the Brahms Liebeslieder, Giovanna in Rigoletto and La Maetressa in Suor Angelica (Intimate Opera), Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown (Chicago Tribune’s Kerry Reid called her a “standout” in 2011), Ella in Mack & Mabel, Miss Scatcherd/ Lady Ingraham in Jane Eyre (both Jeff Recommended) and Ensemble in Harry Connick Jr.’s Thou Shalt Not (all Circle Theatre), Miss Segstrom in A Little Night Music (Porchlight), Micaela & Mercedes in Carmen (Vocal Arts Group), Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Effective Theatre), and First Lady in The Magic Flute (Brevard Music Center). While studying in the Opera Apprentice Program at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, she coordinated a recital, An Afternoon of Opera, for patrons of the festival.
She has presented numerous cabaret and recitals (Davenport’s Piano Bar, Moraine Valley, and North Central Cabaret Series, Peoria Opera Guild, Intimate Opera, Illinois State University, Morgan Park Sunshine Club) and was honored to be invited to sing for then Lt. Governor Quinn of Illinois for his inauguration.