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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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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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Auditions fort “Those Silly Reindeer”

Li’l Buds Theatre will hold auditions for an original holiday musical, Those Silly Reindeer, on Sept 18th 6:30-9:00 pm. Rehearsals will be 10/16-11/26 (no rehearsals 11/22-11/25). The show will run 12/1-12/17, Fri/Sat nights and Sun matinees. Auditions, rehearsals and performances at Edge theater, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago. Looking to fill several roles, many of them […]

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Auditions for “Annie Jr”

Might be several of you interested in this…. Schaumburg Park District will hold auditions for “Annie Jr” on 9/12 6:30-9:00 pm, 505 N Springinsguth Rd, Schaumburg. Register for a time slot or you will have to wait until one is open. Come 20 min before to fill out forms. Allow 60-75 in all. Bring a […]

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Austin Molinaro Cast in “Caroline”

  Austin Molinaro has done it again! He was just cast as Noah in the Columbia College fall production of Caroline.               

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Auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors”

Music on Stage will hold auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors” on 8/28, 7-10 PM at Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, 1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills. Callbacks are 8/29 7-10 PM by invitation only. All roles are available except Audrey. Seeking to cast 4 men and 4 women. Prepare 32 bars of a song from […]

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Auditions for “Cabaret”

Oakton Community College will hold auditions for Cabaret on August 23rd and August 24th, 6-9 PM both nights, no appointment necessary. Rehearsals will be on weekday evenings and some weekends. Performances Oct 5-15. Audition location: 1600 E Golf Rd, Des Plaines. Prepare 16 bars of two contrasting songs. Be prepared to cold read from the script. […]

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Auditions for “Treasure Island”

PM&L Theater will hold auditions for Treasure Island next Sunday and Monday, 7/23 and 7/24 at 7 PM, Saint Stephens Church, 1155 Hillside Drive, Antioch. Callbacks 7/25 if needed. All roles available. Must be at least 12 years old to audition. Looking for more than 10 males, 1 boy 14 (Jim Hawkins), and 2 females. Each […]

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Audiences Loved “Seussical”

District 220 put on two great shows last weekend. Seussical was double cast to offer more students the opportunity to perform. You can’t go wrong with this show. There’s something in it for everyone. Leads really stepped up with best-effort performances, all of them above average. There were a lot of smaller roles peppered throughout […]

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Jessica Cygan 3rd Place in Granquist Competition!

Jessica Cygan competed in piano and voice categories at the 47th annual Granquist Competitions held in Geneva, IL last weekend. She did alright for herself, walking away with a third place trophy for her singing! She must have had some stiff competition, because her score was in the high 90’s! So proud of her. This […]

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Metropolis Auditions for “Into the Woods”

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre will hold auditions for Into the Woods on July 6 1-10 pm, July 7 1-5 pm, and July 8 10 am-noon at their Arlington Heights location, 111 West Campbell Street. These are non-equity auditions; all roles paid. Available roles: Cinderella, age 20-30, G3-G5 Jack, age 20-30,B2-G4 Jack’s Mother, age 50-65, Bb3-Gb5 Baker, […]

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2017 Showcase Album on Facebook!

Check out all of the great pictures from our 15th annual showcase and awards ceremony! Pictures were just uploaded…https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1542950459111784.1073741829.196846737055503&type=1&l=7c0e7ed688

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Seussical Double Cast – Bel Canto Students Shine

Cast lists are out! WOW! So much talent, all the roles have been double cast. District 220 will present Seussical, the Musical in the BHS auditorium on June 29 and June 30, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm both dates. I am so incredibly proud of how well all my students did in the auditions! Big round […]

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Auditions for Barrington Children’s Choir

Barrington Children’s Choir will hold auditions on 5/25, 5/30 and 5/31. Students in grades 2-12 are invited to tryout for the 2017-2018 season. For more information or to sign up for an audition, go to BarringtonChildrensChoir.org. Word has it there’s a big trip to NYC’s Carnegie Hall next year!

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2017 Annual Showcase

What a wonderful afternoon! We had over thirty performances at our 15th annual showcase; a little something for everyone. There was a lot of strong, up-and-coming talent on display for the audience to enjoy. Pictures coming soon! Check out our 2017 Showcase Program.

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2017 Honor Students

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