Odyssey in Music Author:Carole Chardonnay Textbook for Music 100: Music History and Appreciation at Orange Coast College, taught by Professor Carole Chardonnay. — -- — Professor Carole Chardonnay's musical background and degrees are from the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, Los Angeles State University, The Music Academy of the West and The Academia di Chigia... more »na in Siena, Italy. She is listed in Who's Who in International Music and has completed all course work toward her Ph.D. in the very specialized field of Voice Science, and a DMA in Vocal Performance at the University of Southern California. She has graced campuses academically as Instructor, Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Professor of Music at USC, CSUF, UCI, and Orange Coast College.
Professor Chardonnay has performed as a concert artist throughout the world including: Europe, Asia and Russia, representing the United States Defense Department in performances for the military, and the cultures of those continents as ambassador or good will, for which she was bestowed with awards and medals of honor. She has walked among lepers in Taiwan, traded with pygmy tribes in the Philippines, experienced after bombings in Korea, smelled the remains of human bodies in the incinerators of Dachau, Germany where thousands were murdered and some used in brutal medical experiments, and shared a tear in a Prisoner of War camp with a man who had no tongue due to his torture, but was momentarily touched by the power of the Lord's Prayer as she sang it.
Her travels and performances have also included five years of study abroad for Orange Coast College, in which over 250 students have performed and traveled throughout Europe. Highlighted performances included Notre Dame of Paris, Westminster Abbey, St. Peters in Chains, The Vatican, and The Cathedral of Salzburg. She believes travel to be her greatest attribute toward knowledge, understanding, sensitivity and humility, and because of this has implemented and encouraged the travels of her students.
Her expertise as a Professor of Music is in Opera, Choral, and Vocal Performance, and Music History.