Dr. Nicole Becker Music Director & Executive Director
As a pianist, soprano, and conductor, Nicole Becker has performed in concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. Dr. Becker received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Yale University, a Masters of Music in Piano from Indiana University and a Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also studied piano and solfege at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. Dr. Becker is a Lecturer in the Program in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, where she teaches graduate courses in Music Education as well as Applied Voice and Piano, and she is the Music Director of the Teachers College Choir. Dr. Becker has spoken internationally about student-centered approaches in ensemble settings, calling for a reconceptualization of children’s choirs so that they might become sites dedicated to promoting growth and flourishing for young people.
Carlton Terrence Taylor Assistant Director, EVC Youth Choir
A Harlem native, performer and educator, Carlton Terrence Taylor graduated from Professional Performing Arts School, where he studied vocal music. He continued on to study Music Education at the University of Albany, and to the American Musical & Dramatic Academy for Musical Theater. In 2008 he was a featured soloist at the 80th Annual Academy Awards, and in 2012 he was recognized at Town Hall as one of Broadway’s Rising Stars. He has participated in ensembles including: The Young Peoples Chorus of New York City; Songs of Solomon Inspiration Ensemble; Park Avenue Christian Church; TheatreWorks USA; Broadway By the Year; BAMSS Theatre Works; Classical Theatre of Harlem; and New Heritage Theatre Group. As an educator, Carlton is currently working with Healing Arts Initiative and Theatre Performance at the Impact Repertory Theater, as well as serving as Assistant Conductor to the Every Voice Youth Choir.
Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn Voice Specialist
Soprano Jeanne Goffi-Fynn is active both as a performer and teacher in the New York City area. Dr. Goffi-Fynn received her Doctorate from Columbia University, Teachers College where she is a Lecturer and Director of the Doctoral Cohort Program in the Program of Music and Music Education. She continues working in the area of Vocology, specifically in the retraining of singers, after completing internships at the Grabscheid Voice Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital with Dr. Anat Keidar, Ph.D. She has presented workshops and pedagogical presentations with NATS, The Voice Foundation, the New York Singing Teachers Association, CMS (College Music Society), NYSSMA (New York State Schools of Music) and ISME (International Society for Music Education). She is a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing and serves as a participant at roundtables of the National Opera Association.