A native of Chicago, soprano Carling FitzSimmons is thrilled to be making music in the city she loves. After receiving degrees in English and music at Kenyon College, Carling returned to Chicago and has established herself as a rising singer, conductor, and arts educator. Lauded for her "sweet-toned singing" and "admirable vocal clarity and purity," Carling has performed with ensembles including The William Ferris Chorale, Bella Voce, the Aestas Consort, and the Rockefeller Decani. Additionally, Carling serves as the Artistic Director of La Caccina, Chicago's professional women's ensemble, now in its sixth season. Carling is also a faculty member at the Merit School of Music, where she conducts several choral ensembles and teaches theory at the Tuition Free Conservatory. She is thrilled to be a guest conductor for the William Ferris Chorale's 2016 season. When not making music, Carling teaches creative writing at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development.