Bio

CJ is thrilled to have joined the Music and Music Theatre faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno as Assistant Professor of Voice/Music Theatre and has been tasked as part of a 3-man team to build UNR's first BFA of Musical Theatre degree program. CJ has found her passion in vocal performance and instruction. She carries an MFA in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy and an MM in Classical Performance/Pedagogy from Penn State University. CJ has performed around the world from theme park to Broadway, including national tours, regional productions, various cruise ships and a year in Japan performing in both English and Japanese and closing Walt Disney’s longest running review show, “The Diamond Horseshoe Revue”.  As a musician she is a flautist, vocalist, musical arranger, conductor and musical director; but found another love in the world of musical theatre. She played Carnegie Hall twice as a flautist before her professional career began, and a third time during her collegiate career where she won “Best Arrangement” for her a cappella rendition of Gershwin’s “Someone To Watch Over Me.”

CJ is a singer, actor, teacher, and conductor with an undying love for storytelling, and inspiring others to find their unique story and voice in the music.  She has had the pleasure of performing some of her favorite roles in many of the most beautiful theatres across the country including 'Donna' in Mamma Mia'Fantine' in Les Miserables on the closing Broadway National tour, and 'Mother' in Ragtime at the Kennedy Center, filling in for Christiane Noll for two performances.  

CJ presents at conferences in the US and Europe. She just completed a session of ‘Bel Canto Can Belto’ – an experiential weekend workshop focused on teaching voice teachers about musical theatre vocal pedagogy. She also teaches various high school and collegiate workshops.  CJ is vocal coach to the Heartland Ballet Company in Dubuque, Iowa and is the vocal instructor for "The Broadway Artist Intensive" – a three-week summer training program held in Florida for aspiring musical theatre professionals.  Her research interests are focused on redefining vocal performance expectations by passionately teaching singers awareness of their body and breath in order to more fully connect with material in auditions and on the stage.  As an instructor, CJ offers private lessons and workshops in various topics relating to vocal technique & performance, audition technique, and industry business.   Most recently she premiered her new workshop at Boston Conservatory and with CAP 21/NYC students on Embodying Performance - a performance lab experience using speech, movement, and singing techniques from many of the reputable methodologies, fusing this work with our singing and acting technique in auditions, rehearsal and performance.  

As a performer, her singing has been described as “warm, lovely, powerful, emotional” and “her beautiful voice makes her big numbers…worth the ticket price alone.” CJ has received multiple Helen Hayes Award* nominations for her portrayals of Grace Farrell in Annie at the Olney Theatre Center (also nominated for Outstanding Musical), and Laurie Mannon in a newly conceived production of The Happy Time at Signature Theatre, with John Kander assisting in the re-creation.  

Credits:Broadway/National Tour credits include Sister Act, Les MisérablesThe Producers, Ragtime, I Love A Piano, The Buddy Holly StoryOff Broadway/Workshops: Ever After, Pamela's First Musical, Capone (w/ Danny Aiello); Regional Credits: Mamma Mia (Casa Mañana), Annie* (Olney), Chess (NC Raleigh), Camelot (Olney), Grease (Casa Mañana), Saving Aimee/Scandalous (Signature Theatre), The Happy Time* (Signature Theatre), Crazy For You (Arvada), She Loves Me, The Addams Family, Into the WoodsGuys and DollsMan of La ManchaSecret Garden, and more. 


On a personal note, I love working and coaching with people on vocal technique, audition songs, scene work, etc.  I have had many people help me throughout my career by taking the time to answer my questions about this industry, and there are always more to ask!  I truly enjoy the opportunities to 'Pay it Forward'  by offering insight in these areas and answering your questions.  Please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help out however I am able.  


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