Congratulations to Emi and Ola Celeste! They wrapped up their keyboard requirements for Level IC of ISMTA’s Achievement in Music program this week – just in time to receive a trophy at the studio showcase and awards ceremony on May 6th! Emi and Ola will both play one of their memorized pieces at the recital. […]
About belcantostudiosJeanie 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.
Saint James Theatre Productions will hold auditions for Ragtime on April 16-17 from 7-10 pm at St James Parish, 820 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. Callbacks are by invitation only at the same location on Saturday, April 21st 1-4 pm. Seeking to fill all roles. Out-of-town college students may submit a short video. See website […]
Glenview Theatre Guild is holding auditions for Oklahoma on April 14 3-6 pm; callbacks April 16 6:30-9pm. Seeking adult and youth actors (ages 10 and up) and dancers. Audition location is Park Center in Glenview, 2400 Chestnut Ave. Performances will be at Glenbrook North High School, June 29-July1 and July 6-July 7. Prepare 1 minute […]
Wilmette Center for the Arts will hold auditions for Footloose on April 14th, 10 am – 6 pm at 3000 Glenview Rd, Wilmette. Auditions are open to all adults and teens that will be entering their freshman year in high school and up. Every role is open. Callbacks are April 16 and 17. Rehearsals begin the […]
Bright Lights Theatre will hold auditions for Annie and Spelling Bee on Sunday, 4/8 at 515 Crescent Blvd in Glen Ellyn. They will be casting 9-15 actors who are 9-13 yrs to play children and 20-25 actors 13-19 yrs to play adults in Annie. Callbacks are 4/15, 1-8 pm. Spelling Bee will have a cast […]
Devonshire Playhouse will hold auditions by appointment on Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3, 7-10pm at 440 N Greenwood in Skokie. To schedule an appointment email EPoulos@skokieparks.org. Casting mainly adults but some ensemble roles for teens/youth may be available. Audition packets are available at the Devonshire Cultural Center front desk or at www.skokieparks.org/devonshire-playhouse. They may also […]
PM&L Theater will hold auditions for The Secret Garden on Mon Mar 26th and Tues Mar 27th beginning at 6:30 pm, by appointment. Callbacks will be Mar 28th. Auditions are at PM&L Theater’s Tribute Hall, 877 Main St, Antioch. Looking to cast 2 children to play Mary Lennox and Colin Craven (stage ages 10-11), up to […]
Rising Stars Theatre Company is seeking a large cast ages 15 and up for principle and ensemble roles. Tap experience required for some roles, but not all. All roles are open. Auditions will be at 6626 N Oliphant, Chicago 60631 on April 5 6:30-9:30 pm and April 7 12-4pm, with callbacks April 10. Please enter […]
Music on Stage will auditions for Cole Porter’s Anything Goes on Sunday Mar 25th 6-10 pm and Monday Mar 26th 7-10 pm. Callbacks are Wednesday Mar 28th 7-10 pm by invitation only. Callbacks will include cold-reads from the script. All auditions will be Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E Wood St, Palatine. Seeking 12 men […]
Bravo!! The Barrington High School cast and crew did Andrew Lloyd Webber proud last weekend with their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I was there on Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Liam Boyle in the role of Joseph stunned the crowd with his captivating vocals. I’ve never heard a high […]
The music in Shrek Jr is incredibly difficult for younger students to perform. The kids at Woods Creek Elementary did an admirable job! For most of them, it was their very first time on stage. (All of them were in fourth or fifth grade.) There were some very funny moments, well acted and well sung. Singers […]
Hats off to Schaumburg on Stage for presenting a memorable production of Les Misérables. It was a really enjoyable show with wonderful sets and costumes, not to mention one of the best prepared and impressive ensembles I have ever seen. (Kudos to Bel Canto students and alums Sophie Farmer, Ella Goluba, Kailey Jeffs, and Jessica Shimp!) Sound […]
Congratulations to everyone who made the cast for Station Middle School’s production of The Addams Family! Kaitlin Tenbrunsel and alum Ella Beaubien will play the role of Wednesday. Bel Canto alums Rachel Nazha and Kailey Jeffs were cast as Morticia; Margaret Higgins will be Fester. Others will round out the ensemble: Jacob Cyhaniuk, Maggie […]
Philip Celeste did a fantastic job last week on his remaining keyboard requirements for Achievement in Music (AIM) Level IC. Peyton Ball just wrapped up her AIM III requirements last night. Great work by both students – trophies are coming your way at the May showcase!
BrightSide Theatre will hold auditions for Hairspray at the Meiley-Swallow Hall on North Central College campus, 31 S Ellsworth, Naperville, Jan 21st and Jan 22nd, 6:30-10pm both nights. Callbacks will be on Jan 24th. This is a non-equity audition, but there is a stipend. All roles are available except the role of Edna. Auditionees must […]