Artist • Composer • Lyricist • Publisher
My parents knew I had an aptitude for music when they heard me singing back Beethoven concertos from my crib. I started piano lessons with my Mom when I was five. When I was ten I won first place in the state juvenile composition contest for my suite, “AT THE ZOO.” I have been playing piano and writing ever since.
I got my Bachelor of Music in Theory from Indiana University, Shortly after, I moved to New York where I studied arranging with Don Sebesky and did some post-graduate studies in orchestration and conducting at Juiliard. During the early 90’s I was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop under the tutelage of Manny Albam and Bob Brookmeyer. During my stay in New York, I have worked as a transcriber, composer, arranger and orchestrator for Judy Collins, Ashford & Simpson, Warner Bros. Publications, Cherry Lane Music, McGraw Hill, Silver, Burdett & Ginn, Jonathan Larson, Steve Ross, Brad Ross and many others. I have written several T,V, themes and unrscoring for various sports shows, including “The Racers” which was a syndicated show on ABC, hosted by Curt Gowdy.
Audience and Press Reviews
"It was so lovely of you to send me your orchestration of my song. It is quite beautiful and I am delighted to hear it. Thanks so much!" – Judy Collins, New York, NY
"Carol Jay has taken my 30 week arranging course and has proven herself to be a talented and industrious young arranger." – Don Sebesky, New York, NY
"Your playing and artistry are incredible." – Joel Diamond, New York, NY