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Carling FitzSimmons

Director of Choirs: Merit Conservatory


Michigan State University, MM, Choral Conducting
Kenyon College, BA, Music and English


A singer, conductor, and arts educator, Carling FitzSimmons is thrilled to be making music in the city she loves. As a conductor of young singers, Carling has worked for the Pro Musica Youth Chorus, Chicago Public Schools, and at Merit, where she currently teaches private voice and is Director of Choirs in the Tuition-free Conservatory. She also serves as the Artistic Director of Spirito! Singers, and has worked as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the Midwest.

Lauded for her “sweet-toned” voice, Carling has maintained an active singing career, performing with ensembles including Bella Voce, Aestas Consort, the Rockefeller Decani, and the William Ferris Chorale. In addition, Carling serves as Artistic Director of La Caccina, a professional women’s vocal ensemble she founded in 2011. Under her guidance, La Caccina has established itself as the city’s premier treble ensemble, performing in a diverse range of styles and commissioning new works, especially by composers whose voices have been under-represented in choral music. Through La Caccina, Carling has proven herself to be a champion of new music and an innovative conductor, earning praise for her “visionary and generous” leadership. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Michigan State University.

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