Had I written two memoirs over the years, they'd be titled Jill of All Trades and Coming Home.
Balance in my life has always been paramount to personal fulfillment. In my mid-twenties, I found myself too streamlined down the vocal performance path and wanted to diversify my skills and develop other interests. I’ve done it all: pursued a cosmetology license and worked in an upscale Manhattan salon; nannied for a prominent Boston family; worked at a fine art framing store; served as an office assistant and temp; and eventually owned a retail business for 12 years. I became a wife and mother too. Music remained in my life through private study and freelance performing.
In 2003, my husband and I moved back to Selinsgrove where I was raised, and we've made a wonderful life for ourselves here. Since then I have been an active member of St. Paul's UCC and have been prominently featured with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. I participated in the revival of the Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale in 2009, at first as a volunteer, then in the position of coordinator which was created to accommodate the growth of the organization. I have been administrative director and voice coach for a summer music camp for children for seven years, all while maintaining a private voice studio out of my home since 2005. It's been a joyful experience to join the voice faculty at Susquehanna University. I believe it was the quality of my music education that led me to retain the necessary skills to feel confident taking on all that I do.
My husband Brian and I are raising two beautiful daughters, Maya (17) and Eve (15) and are surrounded by 10 other incredible, local family members. And I can still cut hair and type 70 words a minute.
Amy Caron is an adjunct voice instructor in the Department of Music. She is also the senior choir director at St. Paul's UCC in Selinsgrove.
Her roles have included Laurie in The Tender Land, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Joanne in Company and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She performs regularly throughout the Susquehanna Valley, most notably with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. She was the soprano soloist in Schubert's Mass in G Major with the SVC and Rutter's Mass of the Children with the Bucknell University Choir. She recently had the privilege of being cast as a Syrian woman in Bucknell University's production of Friday after Friday, recalling the weekly protests throughout Syria during the Arab Spring of 2011.
Caron received her music education from Interlochen Center for the Arts, Ithaca College and Mannes College of Music and has studied with instructors such as Deborah Montgomery-Cove, Ruth Falcon, Maitland Peters, Susan Ormont and fellow Susquehanna University voice faculty, Judith White.