THE AUSTIN CAROLERS

The Austin Carolers
• Booking/Contact: Jan Seides at 512.627.2115
Where else but Austin can you find a vocal quintet that sails seamlessly from traditional Christmas songs to jazzy arrangements of seasonal pop tunes?  That group is The Austin Carolers, Austin’s only professional caroling ensemble. From concert setting to sing-along parties, youngsters to oldsters, we bring the joy of the season through song.

The Austin Carolers are five seasoned professionals who joined forces in 1994, because we love to sing – especially the songs of Christmas.  The Austin Carolers’ repertoire includes both traditional carols and popular Christmas tunes, sung with great flair with either guitar accompaniment or in the more traditional unaccompanied style. Many of our arrangements have been created for us by Grammy-nominated arranger and composer Bill Ginn. These arrangements are unique, ours alone, and set us apart as a caroling group. We also write our own arrangements – and lyrics – which reflect life in Austin at Christmas time. Truly, we are not your grandmama’s Carolers.

The Austin Carolers often stroll, singing as we go, children following behind. When we find a spot we like, we do draw a crowd. We have been sighted from the aisles of Central Market to the pathways of the Arboretum, the Georgetown Tree Lighting Celebration in Georgetown Square, the Triangle Tree Lighting, the Domain Shops and Round Rock Premium Outlet Malls, the Village at Westlake… we get around.  Of course, we perform shows standing still, and we adapt our show to all occasions: private parties, corporate receptions, office Christmas parties or concerts. Our costumes are Charles Dickens era, but our music is timeless.

“Thank you so much for performing during our Luminations event. We had many, many compliments and appreciate you sharing your incredible gift of music with our visitors…”
Cathy, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Evelyn LaLonde, soprano, is thrilled to be part of  The Austin Carolers family. She sings and acts regularly in musicals in the Austin area with a variety of groups including Austin Theatre Project and The Georgetown Palace Theatre. Evelyn produces her own cabaret act from time to time and enjoys playing guitar and ukulele. When not performing, Evelyn works as a recruiter.

“The Austin Carolers were simply wonderful, in sound and appearance and spirit. They added a whole new dimension to our Cookies for Caring event. We’d be delighted to work with them again. Two thumbs up!”
Jill Williams, Marketing Manager, The Driskill

Jan Seides (sigh-deez), alto, is an award-winning singer-songwriter, having won awards from regional to national songwriting competitions. She has performed in the U.S. and Europe, to great acclaim. Jan is a graduate of the UT School of Music, and the only Austin Carolers member with perfect pitch. When not writing or performing, she has a busy teaching practice offering lessons on voice, guitar, piano and mandolin.

“Your group is beyond marvelous – not only a superb musical ensemble but also a delightful entertainment, drawing in your audience in an intimate and engaging way. You looked and sounded just right in our 1855 house!”
Harriet Christian
Chairman, Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum

Monte Mann, tenor, is a very busy guitarist/vocalist and musician about town. His four semesters as a member of the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus in Denton, TX, have served him well in preparing his parts for the Austin Carolers. In addition to performing with a multitude of bands in Austin, Monte gives guitar lessons and runs an intimate recording studio from his home in South Austin.

“Thank you so much for performing at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in the Texas House Chambers. I so appreciated your responsiveness, professionalism, and flexibility during the planning and performance. Y’all are a dream to work with!”
Brenda Tharp, Coordinator

Patric D’Eimon, Tenor. In 1970 Patric joined the Broadway Tour of HAIR as Woof, touring the US and Canada. He settled in San Francisco as a performing songwriter until moving to Anchorage, Ak in 1981. Patric was chief sound designer for Anchorage Community Theater for 10 years and acted in many of their shows. Patric lives in Elgin, Texas where most recently he was a writer and photographer for the Elgin
Courier. He performs regularly in and around Austin.

“Thanks so much for performing at our Miracle Market. The Carolers’ performance was awesome. We have received so many wonderful comments. Many have said that the music was the best part of the evening!”
Margie Brindley, Dell Children’s Medical Center

John White, bass, arrived in Austin in the ’70s with the Air Force, and hasn’t found a good reason to leave. He has been adding his smooth, low-end resonance to vocal ensembles of all sorts over the years, with an emphasis on barbershop and other a cappella quartets. You might have heard some of John’s studio work, including backup vocals on dozens of albums and soundtracks, and many local jingles. He plays no musical instruments, unless you count the kazoo. In real life, John is a computer geek, currently employed as a virtual server wrangler at a cloud services startup.

The Austin Carolers were AMAZING! We so enjoyed their performance, and they were able to get the crowd involved and in the spirit despite the lousy weather. They were a true delight. Thanks so much for a wonderful performance that added so much to our event!
Christine Cruise, RioCan America Management, Southpark Meadows Mall

People often ask who designs our wonderful women’s Carolers hats!That would be Gerry Langlois, the chief floral designer at Central Market at 4001 N. Lamar. We love his work, and thank him for contributing to our great Victorian look.

All photos by Brenda Ladd at Brenda Ladd Photography


Brenda Ladd 

www.brendaladdphoto.com
512.707.0070

Repertoire

This is just a partial list of our repertoire. Please ask us if you don’t see a favorite tune listed.

  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Caroling Caroling
  • Deck the Halls
  • The First Noel
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Fum, Fum, Fum
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Jingle Bells
  • Joy to the World
  • Let It Snow
  • Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
  • O Christmas Tree
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • O Holy Night
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Over the River and Through the Woods
  • Rocking
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Silent Night
  • Sing Noel
  • Sleigh Ride
  • The Wassail Song
  • We’ll Dress the House
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • What Child is This
  • White Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland

• Booking/Contact: Jan Seides at 512.627.2115