Gallery Of Performing Arts



Chris Hyun


Vocal Director


Carolyn Hyun

2/21/40 - 09/06/2016

At what age Carolyn actually began to sing is uncertain, but family members have indicated that she enjoyed singing from a very young age. She sang in her church choir and the choir director gave her lessons for awhile. Instrumentally, in 3rd grade she was inspired by hearing another student playing “Turkey in the Straw” on the violin in a school program and decided she wanted to be able to play the violin too. Carolyn started taking orchestra the next year in the 4th grade. She continued to play the violin over the next several years including most of high school. In her senior year she moved from Iowa to California where she attended a new high school. There she learned to play viola in the orchestra, bells and chimes in the band, and sang in the school chorus.


She became a music education major at LA City College and transferred to USC where she became a music major with voice being the major instrument. She also took classes in piano, woodwinds, brass, and learned to play cello in the strings class.


Carolyn basically stopped singing and doing anything musical for about 23 years (except teaching instrumental music – grades 5-8 for 2 years). During this time she focused on family, worked as a teacher in grades K-8, and earned her Masters degree in Sociology at CSU Fullerton.


In 1988 she decided to take up singing again, attended classes, and took music lessons at Cerritos College and at Fullerton College with Al Morris. She later taught children’s voice and Flutophone classes at his Gallery.

Carolyn auditioned for and performed in her very first show, “King and I” at Downey Civic Light Opera. Later she performed in other shows there as well. She also played the Grandmother in “Pippin” at Cerritos College and La Ciesca in the concert version of ”Gianni Schicci” in the Faculty Gala (although not a faculty member) at Cerritos College.

Besides teaching for Al Morris, she performed in several Gallery productions. When he passed away in 2001, she became the owner of the Gallery and changed the name from Morris Vocal Gallery to the Gallery of Performing Arts. The Gallery now offers a wider variety of performance offerings in addition to voice.


USC BS in Education, Major – Music
CSU Fullerton, MA in Sociology

Professional Experience

State of California Teaching Credential
Elementary School Teacher (32 years)
Substitute Teacher (13 years)
Instrumental Music Instructor (Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Keyboard)
Vocal Instructor – Morris Vocal Gallery (1996-2001)
Owner/Vocal Director (2001 to Present)

Performance Experience


Downey Civic Light Opera – King and I, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Happy Holidays (3 years)
Cerritos College – Pippin as Grandmother (Musical Theater), Gianni Schicci as La Ciesca (Opera)
Recitals in Art Songs & Arias (Classical)
Fullerton College – Gilbert & Sullivan Excerpts (Operetta), Broadway Excerpts (Musical Theater) Sondheim Concert (Musical Theater)


Iowa All-State Orchestra (Violin) 1957

Carolyn Hyun
Gallery Vocal Director