Executive Director, Director of Education and Outreach
Carolyn Montgomery was graduated with honors from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She is a multi MAC, Bistro and Nightlife award winning singer/songwriter, who has performed in major venues across 36 states, Montreal and London. In 2017, she co-founded the American Songbook Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization that promotes and preserves classic American musical legacies (Jazz, Musical Theatre and the American Songbook, old and new) through education programs, senior enrichment, live events, and Cabaret Scenes magazine. As the Director of Education and Outreach, Carolyn creates programs that reach thousands of public school students annually, across all five boroughs of New York City. She employs some of New York’s finest entertainers as instructors. She partners with some of New York’s most underserved communities, nurturing their students with music. The goal of ASA Education is not to create performers, but to expand their students scope and sense of possibility, using classic American music as a teaching tool. The results have been overwhelmingly positive. Now in her first year as the ASA’s Executive Director, Montgomery is planning a capital campaign and expanding education strategy that will greatly benefit students, seniors and all others who enjoy these genres of music.
Carolyn lives on the West Side of Manhattan with her son Eli and a Jack Russell terrier named George.