A music director, pianist, and private music instructor and audition coach, Caryl Ginsburg Fantel has long been an active arts advocate. Born in Troy, New York, Caryl is familiar to audiences throughout South Florida. Caryl has lived here for 18 years and performed at most of the professional theatres and large performing arts venues in the region, often alongside her husband, drummer Roy Fantel.
Her music direction and new musical development credits include events, concerts and productions Off-Broadway and at regional theatres around the U.S. She leads professional a cappella singing groups and a senior adult choir, plus does the music direction for South Florida's annual Carbonell Awards ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Caryl also writes and presents educational workshops and works with a number of theatre and music programs at public and private schools and universities in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Active in community arts events, Caryl co-founded Arts Alive Community Performing Arts School in Coral Springs, Rhapsody in Youth in New York City, and most recently created and directed "Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration of Coral Springs" for the city's 50th anniversary.
Caryl received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Oswego and completed graduate courses in musical theatre and music research at Columbia and New York Universities. She has also completed certificate programs in piano and vocal pedagogy.
In addition to Caryl’s musical endeavors, she has served as Vice President of Public Relations/Editorial Director for the Mr. Food television show and MrFood.com, and has been a featured blogger for MomsMiami.com, the Miami Herald parenting website.
This mother of two has a long history of community service, having dedicated countless hours to working with such organizations as Tomorrow’s Rainbow, the American Diabetes Association, the National Council of Jewish Women, Temple Beth Torah, the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce and the City of Coral Springs. Caryl firmly believes that exposure to and involvement in the arts changes lives, and she feels that her most important achievement has been sharing her passions for the arts and community service with her daughters.