Teacher Spotlight

Carol Jegen

Voice Instructor
Director of Musical Theatre Workshops

A headshot of a smiling woman with curly red hair. She wears a green turtleneck and sits in front of a blue backdrop.

"Remember to sing in the lifeboats!"

Carol Jegen has been teaching voice for over 35 years. Many of her students have gone on to performing careers in opera and musical theatre as well as the profession of music teacher. She is the director of the Community Music School's summer musical theatre workshops and has directed many musicals and straight plays for Attic Theatre, a community theatre since 1950. Ms. Jegen has appeared in concert, recital, opera and musicals throughout Wisconsin. She received the Hanns Kretzchmarr Award in 2007 for Excellence in the Arts from the Community Foundation, and in 2012 she received the Zoe Cloak Award from Attic Theatre for Outstanding Achievement and Service to Attic Theatre. She is a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and her students have placed well in state-wide auditions.

Ms. Jegen received her Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence Conservatory of Music of Lawrence University and continued her studies in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she was a student with Anna Stefan-Langler and Rose-Marie Stoye. She was also a student of Olga Ryss and Bernard Taylor in New York and received the Performer's Certificate from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music as a student of Lee Dougherty. She participated as a student in the Blossom Music Festival of Kent, Ohio and Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. As a soloist, she has performed with the Lawrence University Haydn Creation, Green Bay's Sebastian Chamber Orchestra's Mozart Tribute, the Green Bay Opera Production of The Magic Flute, The Fox Valley Symphony's Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music and numerous pops concerts, and the Green Lake Festival under Sir David Willcocks. She performed for several years with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Christmas production and appeared as a guest soloist for A Night in Old Prague with a selection of arias by Czech composers.

In addition to her private studio in Appleton and private lessons through the Community Music School, Ms. Jegen has taught voice at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, and participated in master classes with sopranos Regina Resnik, Phyllis Bryn-Julsson, and Margaret Harshaw. As a chorister, she has sung with Robert Shaw, Robert Page, Margaret Hillis, Gregg Smith, Robert De Cormier, and was a member in NYC of the New York Kantorei, which specialized in performing music of the 15th through 18th centuries. She is a founding member of the White Heron Chorale of the Fox Valley, newly changed to the name newVoices, and has performed regularly as a soloist as well as chorister and stage director.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Community Music School?

My favorite thing about working at the LU CMS is the people I get to work with, from the administrators and my teacher colleagues to the students I have taught and known over many years.


What is one of your favorite quotes?

If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing!
     Sir James Barrie, author of Peter Pan


What is your favorite thing to do?

My favorite thing to do is to make music with my friends, and anyone who I make music with is a friend.


Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is a new way of looking at something familiar -- watching a good teacher at work or hearing a speaker on a topic I know nothing about, that makes me want to learn more.


If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

If I could travel anywhere, I would go to Costa Rica by way of NY, which would be the best of both worlds - urban and nature!


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

The superpower I would most like to have is being tech savvy. That and being organized, and both are about as likely.


If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?

I would love to be a peregrine falcon for one day to have the power of flight and be the fastest living thing on the planet. They can go so high they see the big picture and yet can dive for their target with the utmost precision.


If you could play one instrument that you are not able to play now, what would it be?

I would love to play the viola. Well.


Three photos of Carol: she gestures broadly and smiles at a student, she holds a binder and places a hand on a student's stomach explaining breath support, she accompanies a singing student on piano.