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Jeanie Carter graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal and piano performance. Prior to entering the conservatory, she trained for ten years through the preparatory department at Millikin. Post-graduate vocal studies include sessions with Clare Kittner, Tim Carson, Lisa Popeil, and Dr. Ronald Combs; jazz piano with George McRae. She has audited master classes with established artists like Joan Dornemann, Maestro Guilio Favorio, Maestro Philip Morehead, James Marvel, Ann Baltz, and Solange Sior; related classes with authorities Mark Stoddard, Dr. Robert Bastian, and Mary Jean Allen. Jeanie taught private and class voice for two years in the Willow Creek Arts Center and has been a guest clinician for Camp Jam/Chicago. She judges vocal, piano, and theatre competitions regularly. As a licensed Kindermusik® educator, Jeanie has taught music to newborns, toddlers, and young children. Prior to opening Bel Canto Studios, she was a project manager and consultant with Hewitt Associates for twelve years. Her work in recruiting, business development, information management, and client communications serves her well to this day.

Jeanie’s performance credits include operatic roles, oratorio and church music, solo concerts, musical theatre, leading contemporary worship, and jazz/cabaret vocals. She was the soprano soloist at First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville for twenty years and part of the vocal ministry at Willow Creek Community Church from 2001 to 2006. In 2010, she launched Sapphire Jazz, a performing duo that has been well-received in the Chicago area. Her professional affiliations include National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) http://www.nats.org/, Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) http://mtna.org/, Illinois State Music Teachers’ Association (ISMTA) http://ismta.org/index.asp, Northwest Suburban Music Teachers’ Association (NWSMTA) http://www.nwsmta.org/, and Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) http://www.sai-national.org/home/, an international music honorary. Jeanie’s biographical profile can be found in several of the current Who’s Who http://www.marquiswhoswho.com/ publications. She is the acting ISMTA Treasurer; also a member of the ISMTA Board of Directors, 2013-2015.

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Marriott Auditioning Young Performers for Ragtime

Quick turnaround on this one…just posted by Marriott a couple of days ago. They are seeking headshot and resume submissions for young performers for their 2018 production of “Ragtime”. Looking for a young Caucasian boy 8-10 yrs, young girl of Eastern European descent 8-12 yrs, and a charismatic African American boy 4-6 yrs. Rehearsals begin […]

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Looking for Moana Performers…

Party Princess Productions is looking for young women to portray Moana, Elena, Jasmine, and Silvermist characters at birthday parties as well as educational, corporate, and recreational events. Must be energetic, well-spoken, punctual and reliable. You should enjoy working with children and be able to travel throughout the Chicagoland area. Ability to sing is a plus […]

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Kaitlin Tenbrunsel Cast as Eponine in “Les Mis”

  Kaitlin Tenbrunsel is in the fast lane these days! Eponine will be her third lead role in less than a year. Last spring she performed as Alex in Madagascar at Station Middle School. In June she was the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, a Barrington district-wide production. Her audition for Les Miserables was her first attempt to break into […]

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Laya Gopalakrishnan Completes AIM Level III

Laya Gopalakrishnan wrapped up her AIM III requirements in her last lesson – Theory, Technique, and Performance. Way to go, Laya! She’s already passed a couple of her songs for Level IV. Really doing a nice job. Keep up the great work!

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Auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid

TownSquare Players will hold auditions for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on 11/13 and 11/14, 6:30-10 pm both nights. Callbacks are 11/16. Production dates are the first 3 weekends of March, 3/2-3/18/18. Enter using the Dean Street side door to the Woodstock Opera House, 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock. Prepare a song no longer than […]

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Auditions for “Les Miserables”

  For those of you not already in the loop, Schaumburg on Stage will be holding auditions next weekend, Oct 28 and Oct 29, for their upcoming production of Les Miserables (school edition). Please visit www.schaumburgonstage.org/auditions for details. They will be casting students ages 9-18. Vocal selections to be prepared are posted on the website. Register online to […]

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Julia Baumer Cast in Shrek Jr.

  It doesn’t get a whole lot better than landing your first lead role…Julia Baumer can hardly contain herself. She will be Fiona in Woodscreek Elementary’s winter production of Shrek Jr. This Crystal Lake school does an amazing job on all their shows. Can’t wait to see it! Way to go Julia – knew you […]

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“Sweeney Todd” Auditions

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre will hold auditions for Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd on 11/4 11am-4pm, 11/5 1-4pm; callbacks 11/11 11-4pm. All auditions will be at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave in Chicago. Rehearsals begin Jan 7th. The show opens March 12th and runs through April 29th. To request a one hour timeslot, email your headshot […]

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Austin Molinaro Lands ComEd Commercial!

#AustinMolinaro is getting after it! Check out his new commercial for ComEd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayG9tnJ49Jc

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Drury Lane Casting Role of Tiny Tim

Drury Lane/Oakbrook is seeking submissions for the role of Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol. Performers should be under 50”, slight of build and weight, boy age range 7-11. Will alternate performances with another young boy. Rehearsals begin 10/31. Production dates 11/15-12/23/17. Email headshot and resume to casting@drurylane.com for more information.

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Auditions for “The Fantasticks”

Encore Theatre Productions of Elgin will hold auditions for The Fantasticks on 10/4 and 10/5 7-10pm, 10/7 11 am-3 pm, with callbacks 10/9 at 7 pm. Auditions will be in the Sears Gallery at Elgin Academy, 350 Park St, Elgin. To schedule an appointment, email info@encoretheatreproductions.com. No other information is available.

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Stephanie Marin Cast in “Pinnochio”

Congratulations are in order for Miss Stephanie Marin. She will be appearing in CYT/McHenry’s Oct-Nov production of Pinnochio. Tech week is coming up soon. Looks to be a really fun show!

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Anna McCoy Cast in “Apostrophes”

Anna McCoy couldn’t be happier. She auditioned for Prairie Middle School’s fall play Apostrophes and was cast as Mrs. Sully! She’s been working hard to improve her acting technique. Guess all that hard work is paying off. Nice job Anna!

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Auditions for “Hansel and Gretel”

Piccolo Theatre will hold auditions for an original script based on the Grimm fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. It will be an English pantomime with loads of humor and audience interaction. All roles open except for Mother Nature. Auditions will be on 9/19 and 9/20 6:30-10 pm both nights, at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 939 […]

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Preparing Students for Center Stage

We hope you’ll check out our fall newsletter, just released! It spotlights one of our most promising students, #AustinMolinaro, announces #JeanieCarter’s Lifetime Who’s Who award, recaps our showcase last May, and talks about what some of our alums are up to. Just click on the image to zoom in so that you can read the […]

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