Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 10:39 AM EST

Radio interview!

Hello friends!
It's been a LONG time since I've sent an update. For those of you who don't know, I'm 6 months pregnant (again) and expecting baby 2.0 in March of 2016! Very exciting (and equally terrifying to think about having 2 kids under 2.)
I recently had the pleasure of doing a radio interview at AMI radio. You can listen here, and I hope you will!
http://www.annamariaislandradio.com/Voice%20Tracks/Carey%20Yaruss.mp3
Hope you are all doing well!
Love,
Carey
Sunday, March 30th, 2014 11:05 AM EDT

Getting ready to sing for baby!!

For those of you who don't already know, I'm SO excited to be expecting my first baby in July. I'm making sure to sing every day to our little fetus, and the songs vary quite a bit depending on my mood.
I know this isn't REALLY singing-related..but I'm just so psyched that it's something to sing about for me:
A dear friend of mine who designs for some top-of-the-line baby companies was kind and generous enough to email me asking, “So, what do you need for the baby?” Being that we had only just begun choosing products to put on a registry, and we were up to our elbows in boxes getting ready to move from a rental to our new home, my husband and I kind of laughed and said, “ummm, everything”. I figured she was going to send us some receiving blankets, cool printed bibs or the like. When she got back to me and asked if we needed a car seat and a stroller, I was completely floored.
Fast forward a few weeks and we were finally in our new house. To add to the seemingly endless pile, two more BIG boxes arrived at our front door. Still facing the daunting task of unpacking about 55 boxes, the 2 boxes got added to the pile for a few days until my curiosity took over and I stopped unpacking the zillions of boxes of kitchen utensils to open something FAR more exciting.
Inside of these 2 mystery boxes were the most gorgeous stroller and car seat I’ve ever seen. The stroller is Quinny Moodd and the car seat is Maxi-Cosi Prezi. The colors are a tasteful neutral sand and a vibrant dark blueish/purple- one of my favorite colors in the world incidentally. I pretty much squealed as we put the pieces together and took it for a spin around the house with our dog eagerly following. The stroller glides as smoothly as is possible and the car seat clicks easily into it’s base or the stroller as needed.
I seriously feel like I just won the lottery.
We would NEVER have dreamed that our baby would be so lucky as to ride in such high-style, high-quality and luxury.
A MILLION thank yous to Quinny USA, Maxi-Cosi and of course, our amazing friend Alison Stomberg Campion. Your generosity is so appreciated…words do not even begin to explain how happy we are and how lucky we feel.
As soon as our new snugglepuss arrives, we will be sure to share some pics of the inevitable cuddles to come!
....and who knows?!??! Maybe a new album of children's music is in my future.
I'll keep you posted! 
Love,
Carey
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 9:40 PM EST

New video!

Hello friends and family,
I wanted to share with you a song that I sang at a wedding last weekend: "From Here to the Moon and Back" by Dolly Parton. I did not know the song until I was hired to record and perform it, and what a treat that was. I fell in love with it quickly and was so touched to be able to sing it for the 'first dance' of this lovely couple. It starts around 1:90.
Hope you like it as much as I do! Click the following link to hear it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YrNBKX6uS8Y
Happy Holidays to all of you.
Love,
Carey
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 10:44 PM EDT

'At Last'

I recently had the complete pleasure of singing for my brother and my new sister-in-law's wedding. Here's a link to the video!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oANo8lTT9FM&list=UURed2iGbZvd0gQAAG9JrNwg&index=1&feature=plcp
 
Hope you enjoy!
Love,
Carey
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 10:56 AM EDT

New duo in rehearsals! Introducing Painted Echo!!

Hello everyone!
Most of you know that I've recently relocated to the Sarasota, Fl area. It's been wonderful here so far and I'm really excited about working with my new musical partner, Mike Pizzi. We have formed a duo and just finished making our demo. We are rehearsing diligently and hope to start booking gigs at yacht clubs, private parties etc very soon. Please check out Mike's site which will be frequently updated with news about our band, Painted Echo.
http://mikesolomusic.com
Keep in touch!
Love,
Carey
Monday, April 2nd, 2012 9:42 AM EDT

NOW in Florida!!

I am thrilled to report that I've recently relocated to the Sarasota, Florida area. I am excited to begin teaching, performing and recording here and hope all of my NY fans will stay in touch and come visit if you're ever in this area!
Hope you are all well.
Love,
Carey
Saturday, October 8th, 2011 11:36 PM EDT

Interview!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 9:59 AM EDT

careyyaruss.com is BACK!

Hey guys,
I'm so sorry that I haven't updated this in sooooo very very long. My site is now back up (obviously) and will continue to get updated over the next couple of weeks.
Stay tuned for tons of new pics, videos and more!
Thanks so much to all of you for your continued love and support.
xoxo,
Carey
Monday, June 21st, 2010 12:00 AM EDT

Stage or Shower Singer's Workshop

I am SO very excited about this!
The wonderful support and camaraderie that happens between students at our recitals is really special and I want to try to recreate it in a class setting.

Stage or shower singer´s workshop
Taught by private voice teacher/professional vocalist Carey Yaruss
Saturday, July 31st, 12-4pm. The Triad Theater: 158 West 72nd st. 2nd floor.

Class overview:
Group section: introductions and ice breakers, movement, stretches, sigh yawns, warmups, singing game (1,2,1 and ping pong, sing, song)
Individual section: 1 or 2 songs each (depending on the number of students)
Each student sings their song(s), receives one compliment and one constructive criticism from each student, receives additional comments via anonymous written notes which I will read and we will all discuss, receives more notes from me, performs song again.

Description:
All ages are welcome, all experience levels are welcome. This class was created to give vocalists, beginners through professionals, a chance to workshop a song or two in front of a group. This is a collaborative effort of everyone participating as it is collective advice that helps us all to become better singers. Additionally, this promises to be a supportive, encouraging and nurturing environment where each student will feel comfortable enough to really show their best work. Constructive criticism from your peers and myself will help you to reach your potential. Whether you are trying to overcome stage fright or shyness, or just want a new set of ears to help guide you, this class will be a positive and rewarding experience for all involved.
One required private lesson will help you to decide which songs you´d like to workshop. A professional accompanist will be at the workshop to accompany you on piano. The awesome theater classroom setting gives you an opportunity to sing on a real NYC stage.

Pricing:
$200 includes a private voice lesson and the workshop.
Great package deals and discounts ARE available, please inquire.

Only $50 if you'd like to come and watch, participate in the group activities but don't want the private lesson or to sing individually.

Email me to reserve your spot today!

Questions? Feel free to email me at cyaruss@gmail.com
Please visit www.careyyaruss.com
Saturday, May 15th, 2010 12:00 AM EDT

Spring recital!

It's that time of year again! 10 of my wonderful private voice students are getting up on stage at the Triad Theater on the upper west side of NYC to perform for you! Please visit the calendar for more details!! We hope to see you there. YES, I will also be singing a song or two. I am currently teaching approximately 20 students per week and this recital is an awesome opportunity to perform for people who aren't given that chance very often. Some of these guys are extremely nervous, so your encouragement and support is VERY welcomed.
In other news, my producer and I are still plugging along with the CD. Almost all of it is done now, with just a few tracks that still need background vocals. Once that is done, I have to finish writing 'Finale' (aka: Blurt)...The final song- which I wanted to wait to do until I finish the rest, as it is pretty much about the culmination and inspiration of this project. After that, It's on to packaging, graphics, photos and duplications. I did a first round of photos for the cover, but haven't finished shooting yet. 2 more photographers are going to take their turns trying to help me to get that perfect shot. I already have some awesome ones to choose from, but the more the better.
Other than that, for those of you who are foodies like me, I'd love you to check out my 'other' site: www.careysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com When I'm not singing, running, cuddling with my fur-babies, or teaching, I'm usually eating or writing about it.
Thanks, as always, for your continued love and support <3 <3 <3 xoxoxo
Sunday, November 8th, 2009 12:00 AM EST

working working working

I am officially the biggest slacker for not updating this journal frequently enough. When I'm famous, I promise I'll hire someone to do it for me. Hahaha. I have been busy teaching 26 voice students per week and spending almost every weekend in the recording studio. We are getting there with the CD, though I go through waves of feeling like this might be a never-ending process. I still have to record lead vocals on 2 more songs (7 are done) and then I can move on to the backup vocals. Creating the arrangements and instrumentation were the hardest and most time-consuming parts, so this is actually feeling like fast progress since I LOVE (duh) doing vocals. After that's done I plan to write 'Finale' - which is loosely structured and has some key lyric phrases, but essentially is something that I want to write as a land mark of finishing this project. I want to wait until those inevitable feelings are here. I am also playing with the idea of doing one cover- a Simon & Garfunkel tune that all of you know as an uptempo, I am a Rock. I'm thinking about putting my version of it on the disc too...a bluesy ballad version of it; one of my all-time favorite songs. So, until the next time I notice that the date of my last entry was many many moons ago, thanks for all of your support, as always. Much love to you all, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please try not hurt each other.
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 12:00 AM EDT

What a night!

Well, the BIG spring recital last night was a total success. I am feeling SO much pride in my students today, and am just beside myself with joy for the way the recital went. The students, as nervous as some of them may have been, handled themselves beautifully up there, and I am so lucky to be so well represented by the performances that they gave. They really did sing their hearts out, and the cheers from the crowd assured me that everyone agreed.
The staff at the Triad was incredible to work with, and I am SO grateful to ALL of the talented students, Rachel Kaufman: our amazing accompanist, Jose Ivey: our videographer, Craig Henry: our door person, Tonya: our sound and lighting designer, Peter Martin: The manager at the Triad, Lee the GM at the Triad, Adrian: our bartender and Jordan and Troy: our awesome waiters. Also, special thanks to Betsy for handing out playbills even though she was performing that night, and to Genevieve who so generously brought water bottles for all of us!
I posted a couple of pics from it, and will post more as they roll in. Also, keep your eyes posted, the videos of the show will be added in the next couple of weeks, so those of you who couldn't make it can see how great it was.
As someone who started teaching voice lessons more than 10 years ago, I have no idea why it took me this long to finally put a recital together- but I am SURE that I will be doing it again- most likely the next one will be in the fall and I hope you will all be there!
Thanks to all who came, helped, performed, watched or just sent good energy- we couldn't have done it without you.
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 12:00 AM EDT

Is it spring already?

I can't believe how long it's been since I've updated this journal. There's not a whole lot to tell that would qualify as 'news' right now...teaching is going very well with an average of 24 students weekly now. Still working away on my upcoming CD of originals, Blurt. Starting to get to a place where I can make out a tiny speck of the light at the end of the tunnel. 9 songs are mostly done with 2 more to go...Hoping for a mid-summer release if all goes as planned. Believe me, I'll keep you posted. What else? Hmm. OH! The recital!! Please visit my calender for info and COME to my first ever student recital hosted by yours truly. 14 of my private voice students will be performing..and yes, I'll be singing a couple too. I'll look for you there- I'd love to see some familiar faces. Thanks, as always, for the awesome support and love :) Happy Spring!
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 12:00 AM EST

Carnegie Hall

Hellllllo, and happy almost-turkey-day! I hope you are all having nice turkey or tofu-rky dinners with people that love you and that you love. It's one of my favorite holidays... and that's not just because of the permissable caloric over-indulgence.
Here's the lowdown on the music stuff. Teaching? Yup- going strong with 16 students per week- aiming to have 22...Recording?Yup- in the studio every other week...Writing? Yup, trying to write for at least an hour or so and practice for an hour or so everyday...much to my neighbor's dismay. Here's my exciting news! I will be performing in a 10 person chorus for Mother Russia: The Musical, to be performed on Dec 19th at Carnegie Hall. This opportunity came about from a recording project that I worked on over the summer for PBS with talented composer, Tim Janis. Tim is now working on this project, and was happy to offer me the gig. Not nearly as happy as I am to accept it! That's all for now. Thank you to all of you for your continued support and words of encouragement.
Sunday, September 14th, 2008 12:00 AM EDT

Back in the studio!

I can't believe it's September already. I've been staying very busy, going at full-speed ahead. Still auditioning and teaching like crazy...AND...my newest endeavor, I'm back in the studio recording a full-length CD of my originals. Long overdue- but I really wasn't ready to face the challenge until now. I have a feeling this will be a looooong process, but I'm so excited to be writing and singing my own music for a change since I've been working on other people's words for so long. Stay tuned, I'll keep you posted on the progress. I should also be posting some of my latest recording projects (of other people's work) soon- and will shoot out an email when that happens! Thanks, as always for your continued support and words of encouragement.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 12:00 AM EDT

Recording artist and teacher

Though I'm still auditioning for Broadway as often as possible, I've changed gears a little bit with my 'day job'. I'm back to teaching private voice lessons- and really loving it. It's different here in NYC doing it than it was in CT and Boston...Mostly b/c here, Everyone is an artist on a mission. The time that my students put in for practicing during the week really blows me away. They come in for their lessons warmed up, rehearsed, and ready to go. It's a completely (refreshingly) different frame of mind. I'm thinking that a lot of it has to do with the insane cost of living here. People must feel that if they are going to spend money on lessons, they better make it well worth while. Whatever the reason- it makes it SO much more enjoyable for me. I see progress every week with my students- and they notice it too..Very rewarding for both of us.
I've also been doing more recording lately. Through the wonder that is Craigslist, I've gotten a bunch of gigs doing both lead and backup vocal tracks for songwriters. I've had opportunities to work on music genres that I normally would have thought were out of my comfort zone..I mean- who would have though that a Jewish girl from NY could convincingly sing country tunes? (It's actually made me start thinking about moving to Nashville, the other music capitol of the USA) It's been a blast- and it actually pays pretty well! Finally...I might be on to something here. I am totally at home in a recording studio..And it seems to come very easily for me. I'm able to give the producer/songwriter teams what they want- and it's such a reward to walk away with cash in hand, happy clients AND a final product to show for my hard work...More soon..Keep those emails coming!
Thursday, March 20th, 2008 12:00 AM EDT

youtube!

Please visit www.youtube.com/careynote
to see some new videos!
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 12:00 AM EST

It's about time..

I'm so sorry that I have completely forgotten to keep this journal up to date. I've been busy, thankfully. Well, not so much busy earning money- but having fun anyway. Still going to auditions as often as possible- usually 3 times a week or so. Got myself an agent as of last week! Yahoo- hopefully he'll be able to point me toward the right casting directors a little better than I've been able to do on my own. Let's see. What else? I've had a few callbacks for Broadway stuff- which is fantastically encouraging and is keeping me motivated and driven. Writing lots of new music- on guitar and piano...Hoping to stop being so nervous to perform my originals. Hoping that singing my own words will start to become easier than singing someone elses'. So far, watching my friends do it has been a huge help and majorly inspiring. This is a very rambly blog today. Maybe I will try again later to write something a bit more cohesive. Or maybe not. Hope you are all well, send a hello if you have time- I LOVE hearing from you.
Thursday, July 5th, 2007 12:00 AM EDT

Dream big!

I will be singing with Joe Battaglia and the NY Big Band on August 17th at the Rainbow Room. I can't think of a venue that I'd rather perform at. This is a real dream come true opportunity and I hope to see you all there. I will be doing 10-12 songs with an 18 piece big band. Believe me, I haven't wiped the grin off of my face yet and it will probably be quite a while before I do!
Thursday, May 31st, 2007 12:00 AM EDT

composer Phil Springer

I've been rehearsing and filming with composer Phil Springer, potentially working with him on a musical about his daughter, Miriam Springer, as well as a recording.- his best known song is 'Santa Baby'..Though he has written over 1000 songs for legends such as Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. I am so honored, flattered and excited to be working with him..I'll keep you posted!
Sunday, May 6th, 2007 12:00 AM EDT

City girl

Just wanted to update all of you on how things are going in the big city...I'm living in the heart of NYC and absolutely loving it. Pretty much making up for 3 years 'in hiding' in CT by going out almost every night and savoring everything that this amazing city has to offer. I'm auditioning like crazy for everything from singing to acting to voice-over work, and am thrilled to accept every offer that I get. I truly hope that I continue with this ridiculous happiness and don't turn into a bitter New Yorker like everyone says I will :)
Thanks for all of your continued support as I go on my way trying to stake out a place in the spotlight. They say where there's a will there's a way, and I believe it. It means so much to me that so many of you have written to me to tell me that you agree.
Sunday, August 6th, 2006 12:00 AM EDT

Back-up singer for Michael Amante

I am so lucky that famed arranger/producer/composer/pianist Herb Bernstein hooked me up with the backup singer job for Michael Amante. He is known as 'the 4th tenor" as quoted from Regis! He has appeared on Emeril, Regis and countless other shows, including a Bravo special. He has performed for a substantial number of celebrities including a list so long that I can't include it here. Please visit his website for more info! www.michaelamante.com
Monday, February 27th, 2006 12:00 AM EST

Club Med Artist

I am very proud to say that I have been accepted into the Club Med Artist program. This provides me with 3 weeks per year in which I may attend any of the Club Meds as a guest, paying only for my flight, as long as I perform a minimum of 3 hours per week while I am there. I have the Montreal Talent Agency to thank for this wonderful opportunity as they receive many applicants each year, and chose me out of their large selection of artists. I hope to make Sandpiper, in Florida my first Club Med artist experience, and will keep you posted with how it goes!
Monday, February 27th, 2006 12:00 AM EST

Purr Project

I will be performing at a benefit for the Purr Project at Cafe Bottega in New Haven, CT on March 12th. There are 3 other performers lined up and it should be a fun night from 6pm until 11pm.. Cafe Bottega is a fairly new and trendy place at the corner of Chapel and Temple on the Green..Tickets in advance or at the door are $10 to benefit the Purr Project. Please visit purrproject.org for more information!
Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 12:00 AM EST

Why it's called a cattle call...

Hello! So, I thought you'd all like this story. I went down into NYC yesterday for an open-call for RENT..Woke up at 4am to drive 3 hours and then stand in a line until 3:30 before my group finally got in the door. At that point, they lined us all up with our headshots and resumes on the floor in front of each of us and proceeded to do a type-out. ( sent people home who didn't fit the look they wanted)( and all of the women in my group who were going for "Maureen" were sent on our merry way) So, long story short, It was a lot of waiting to find out that I wasn't even going to get to sing one note for the casting director. Very frusterating. But- I suppose, as they say, thats show business!
Friday, October 7th, 2005 12:00 AM EDT

No news is good news?

Hello my friends. Sorry that I haven't updated my news recently...There hasn't been much to tell..Yes, I did go to the American Idol auditions in Chicago, and, no, I didn't get through, but again, it was a fun experience that I will remember forever. So, right now, I have a couple of projects in the works. I have recently finished putting together a big book of piano/vocal music so that I am now, officially, a marketable solo act, looking for work at weddings, events etc. Also, I am in the process of working on my voice-over demo, which should be finished soon. I am thinking that getting some voice-over work may lead to commercial jingles etc, and bring me one step closer to actually making a living doing what I love..They say the money will follow...Right?!?! I am also currently taking on new voice students, and am excited to get back into teaching! Hope all of you are doing well- please sign my guestbook so that I know you stopped by!
Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 12:00 AM EDT

The audition experience

So- here is the story for those of you who have been eager for the next chapter...I had a blast at the auditions despite the pouring rain and high-heel blues. I was surprisingly impressed at all of the talent that I heard, and even more shocked at the general lack of cattiness and competitiveness. It was great that most people were able to look at this as a 'shot in the dark', 'once in a life time experience', and that's what kept it light and fun.. To answer the big question...No, I did not make it through to a call-back...In fact, by the time I auditioned (about 2500 people into it) they had only given 6 call-backs so far..The good news is that they let me sing a second song..About 30 seconds of each- which was relatively long compared to other people that I heard. The judges were around my age -or maybe even younger(WEIRD!) Which makes me think that next time I'll pick more current music...Which leads me to my final point, which is, it still isn't over! I'm going to try again in Chicago- so again, keep your fingers, and toes crossed for me!
I'l keep you posted!
Sunday, August 28th, 2005 12:00 AM EDT

Rain Delay!

New Britain Rock Cats game delayed due to rain. Please check back next season for re-schedule info!
Friday, August 26th, 2005 12:00 AM EDT

CT IDOL FINALS

Well, the 6 week event has come to a close as of Saturday, August 20th, 2005.
I am proud to have come in 2nd place! American Idol is next!

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