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Carole Galli
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Carole Galli started piano lessons at age 5 and voice lessons at age 16. Of all her high school interests; debate, drama, journalism and English, music seemed to always take precedence. So it wasn't surprising that after two years at Michigan State University and a summer on scholarship at Interlochen Music Camp, Carole found herself majoring in voice performance at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

Her classical studies then took her to the Big Apple where she continued her studies while working a day job for A T & T in the financial district. A family situation required her to return to her home in Saginaw, Michigan where she picked up enough credits for a teacher certification and began teaching in a second grade self contained classroom. After a short stint there she hired in to the Royal Oak School District, just north of Detroit. It was there that she began to build her reputation as a choral conductor and music educator. Over the next thirty years she built music programs at the middle school and high school levels; programs which gained her recognition throughout the state as an outstanding music educator. For the last twenty years of her tenure in Royal Oak, in addition to directing one of the largest high school programs in the state, she also coordinated the vocal music curriculum and teachers for the entire school district. She also served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state.

When Carole first moved to the Detroit area she studied piano with a local lounge entertainer and it was while she was filling in for him one night that she met her future husband at the sing along piano bar. In 1977 Carole, her husband Norman and their daughter, Nicole, made their first trip to Hilton Head and it was love at first sight. "I knew then that someday I wanted to live here and I never let go of that dream." In 1994 the Gallis purchased a small villa as a stepping stone and in 2002 they purchased their home in Port Royal Plantation. They have been full time residents since July 4, 2004.

Vocal jazz played an important part in Carole's early love of music. Her father had a good record collection and introduced her to the big bands and their vocalists. As a music educator, she incorporated vocal jazz into her curriculum. So it was no accident that she sought out the Jazz Corner and immediately felt an affinity for its entertainment. "The excellent food is an added bonus."

 A small notice in the Island Packet advertising the DLJSLC Jam Sessions caught her eye and she was quick to check it out. "I had always enjoyed listening to Dixieland. It is so upbeat and uplifting. You can't help but feel good after an hour or so of Dixieland. When one of the guys on stage saw me standing at the back of the club keeping the beat (on the offbeat) and mouthing all the words he asked me if I wanted to sing something. It took a few months of getting my nerve up and some tutoring from some of the guys but I finally gave it a shot and that was all it took to get me hooked."

Carole has sung under many great conductors, she has performed as a soloist in a variety of venues but right now her heart belongs to Dixieland. But if some Sunday you are sitting in church at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church listening to a heartfelt rendition of Ave Marie and you think the singer looks a lot like Carole, you are absolutely right. "I'm not going to give up my standard repertoire, I'm just broadening my horizons and ecstatic to have the opportunity."