Carey Diane Bozovich

1957 -

Carey Diane Bozovich, pianist, cellist, and conductor, has served as a church musician in Denver, Colorado, for nearly 25 years.

Carey was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and raised in Denver, Colorado, the older of two daughters of Joseph Forsyth and Cynthia McGee Bozovich. She and her sister, Shelley Bozovich Boyson, were both very involved in music from an early age.

She started piano lessons at age eight with Patricia Rohlf at Mile High Academy, and after three years continued studying through high school with Carol Schmied. At age nine, she started playing cello in a string class under Roger Anderson and later studied first with Mykolas Saulius and then Fred Hoeppner, both members of the Denver Symphony Orchestra, later the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She also played bassoon in the academy band under Ivan Mallernee.

Following graduation from Mile High Academy in 1976, Carey enrolled at Pacific Union College, where she pursued a B. Mus. with a dual emphasis in Piano Performance and Music Education, studying piano withr Lynn Wheeler and James McGee. As part of her degree she also studied organ and harpsichord with Del and Lois Case.

After graduating from PUC in 1980, Carey completed her student teaching under Robert MacManaman at Rio Lindo Academy and then started graduate work in music history under Hans-Jørgen Holman at Andrews University.

Following her sister’s graduation from PUC in 1982, they spent a year in Vienna, Austria, studying piano with Michael Gailit, a pianist and organist who taught at the Hochschule für Musik and played at the Augustinerkirche.

From 1984 to 1989 she taught piano at MHA and also had a private studio in her home. During that time, she graduated with an M.A. in Music History from Andrews University in 1985.

In September 1988 she became choir director at the Denver South Seventh-day Adventist Church, with Joylin Campbell-Yukl and Douglas Macomber as her accompanists. She became Pastor for Worship and Arts in 2003, a stipend position which includes worship planning, directing the Sanctuary Choir, vespers, special events such as Hymn Festivals and Easter and Christmas programs, and direction of instrumental ensembles such as the Sanctuary Strings and Sanctuary Brass. Her sister, Shelley, now serves as her choir accompanist.

Additionally, Carey is editor of the Denver South Newsletter and cares for plantings around the church, an outgrowth of her interest in gardening.


Sources: Interview with Carey Bozovich, February 2013; Denver South SDA Church website biography; personal knowledge.