Carol Boyd Leon

about carol

Gan Shirim, a Garden of SongsCarol Boyd Leon is a professional musician who shares the joy of music with everyone she meets. Her clear, loving voice invites students, congregants and audiences to sing with her. Carol’s enthusiasm for her work—songwriter/composer, performer and recording artist, choir director, song leader, and service leader—is apparent to all who know her.

Carol’s music activities:

Songwriter/Composer:

  • Dayenu! A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children (with CD, 2009)
  • Brick by Brick, Wall by Wall, a Habitat for Humanity theme song (2008)
  • Voices In Prayer: 50 Liturgical Songs for Congregational Singing (songbook 2007, reference recordings/CDs 2008)
  • Healing Service in Song (DVD of inspirational choral music, 2005)
  • Gan Shirim, A Garden of Songs (children's double-CD and songbook, 2004)
  • Jewish Life Cycle (songbook, 2002)
  • Songs from the Heart: Family Shabbat (CD and songbook, 2000)
  • Choral arrangements
  • Songs celebrating the U.S., Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, the Cheasapeake, Burke Centre, the Nationals, GMU

Cantorial Soloist/Song Leader/Service Leader

  • Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA (Tot Shabbat)
  • George Mason University Hillel, Fairfax, VA (High Holy Days services)
  • Greenspring Village, Springfield, VA (Shabbat evening services, Passover seder)
  • Click here to see video of Carol leading a Tot Seder

Choir Director:

  • Kol NoVa, The Youth Choir Of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA
  • Olam Tikvah Chorale, Fairfax, VA
  • Click here to see video of Carol directing combined choirs at the Strathmore Music Center

Performer and Presenter. Venues have included:

  • U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, Fairfax County Public Libraries
  • Hospital pediatric wards through Pickleberry Pie, Inc.
  • Jewish festivals and conferences; Women Cantors' Network, Jewish Community Centers, Women of Reform Judaism, Sisterhood groups, PJLL, Jewish Folk Arts Festival, etc.

Music awards, commendations…

Carol’s highly-acclaimed music is sung throughout the United States and has been performed worldwide including Canada, England, France, Argentina, Hungary, and Singapore.

  • Patriots’ Dreams was named the official George Mason University alma mater in 2002.
  • Gan Shirim received a 2004 Parents’ Choice Award and was nominated as “Best Jewish Album of 2006” by Just Plain Folks which also nominated Modeh Ani for “Best Jewish Song of 2006.”
  • Shalom Aleichem and Nakum Uvaninu were winners at the First Annual Shalshelet Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music in 2004
  • Come See The Candles was selected for Transcontinental Music Publications’ “The Complete Chanukah Songbook” published in 2003
  • Virginia, Ever Enshrined was presented to the Virginia Legislature in 2007 as House Bill 2662 for consideration as the official state song
  • Shehecheyanu was performed on Kol Halev’s Argentinian concert tour in 2007
  • Shalom Aleichem, Peace to Us was a Verizon ringtone!

A very brief bio…

Carol, who is known to young children as "Miss Carol," makes her home in the Washington, DC area. Carol grew up in Baldwin, Long Island (NY) and graduated from Brown University before moving to Northern Virginia to work as a government economist/writer and then freelance writer/editor and to raise three children, who now are adults. Sadly, her husband of 30 years died in 2010, and the wonderful man she married in 2015 died in 2016 but left her with two lovely stepdaughters. Happily, Carol got remarried in 2018 and through marriage became an instant grandma and stepmom to another lovely daughter. Carol began publishing music in the year 2000 to make her music more widely available; her publishing company is Chai Notes Publications (ASCAP). Her choral music is distributed by J.W. Pepper but is more immediately available through this website. Carol is a member of the Women Cantors' Network and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Carol recently retired from an editorial position at the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.