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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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2011 Achievement Awards

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2011 Performance Awards

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Sapphire Jazz Getting Rave Reviews from Fans

Sapphire Jazz has been fast-tracking every since we launched last October. We sing in a variety of venues throughout Chicagoland – private parties, fine restaurants, bistros and wine bars, private clubs, charity events, and festivals. To book an event, call 224-633-9110 or email events@sapphirejazz.net. We’ve love to entertain the guests at your next party! Here’s […]

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2010 Bel Canto Studios in the Spotlight

12-31-10: Sapphire Jazz performed at Sunrise Assisted Living in Buffalo Grove and Emeritus at Prospect Heights. 12-20-10: Nicole Cherecwich performed at the White House, along with other BHS students in Select Ensemble and Chamber Choir. 12-06-10: Nicole Cherecwich, Natalie Gray, Jilly Karande, and Jennifer Nazha auditioned for the BHS production of The Sound of Music. […]

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2010 Local Audition Calendar

None of the opportunities listed here have been researched or endorsed by Bel Canto Studios. Students and their families are asked to decide the merit of each once they have additional information. Barrington High School: Auditions for mainstage and experimental plays, March 8-11. Mainstage performed May 5-7. Experimental April 14-16. Prairie Middle School: Auditions for Thoroughly Modern Millie, early […]

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2010 Honor Students

 MOST IMPROVED VOCALIST Marissa Longo MOST IMPROVED PIANIST Nicole Cherecwich STUDY AWARD Sanjiv Bhogaraju Shivani Bhogaraju  

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2010 Achievement Awards

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2010 Performance Awards

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Bel Canto Studios to Present Vocal Workshop at Ice House Mall

If you are interested in learning more about studying voice, please come to the first ever “Second Thursday” event sponsored by the Barrington Cultural Arts Center on March 11th, 7-9 PM. Jeanie Carter will be sharing some of her experiences as a voice teacher and coach. We’ll explore a typical voice lesson and talk about possible […]

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2009 Bel Canto Studios in the Spotlight

12-24-09: Gary Takata did a solo show of jazz standards and Christmas favorites for residents of Sunrise Assisted Living. Gary is starting to make a name for himself, performing in Chicago area restaurants and senior facilities. 12-06-09: Marty Page led a Christmas worship celebration for Guest Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church. 12-05-09: Sam Ceglarek auditioned for the vocal performance […]

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2009 Local Audition Calendar

None of the opportunities listed here have been researched or endorsed by Bel Canto Studios. Students and their families are asked to decide the merit of each once they have additional information. TownSquare Players: Looking for 25 men and 2 women for a March 2010 production of 1776. Auditions are Dec 14 and 15 7-9:30 PM at Grace Lutheran […]

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2009 Honor Students

VOCAL TECHNIQUE Kelsey Murphy MOST IMPROVED VOCALIST Dani Freeman PIANO TECHNIQUE Jacy Herman MOST IMPROVED PIANIST Olivia Rojas MUSICIANSHIP Lauren Conroy STAGE PRESENCE Kourtney Kratt Jennifer Nazha STUDY AWARD Kathleen Barry

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2009 Achievement Awards

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2009 Performance Awards

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Bel Canto Studios Showcased in Barrington Magazine’s 2009 Edition

Barrington Magazine ran a nice two page spread on the studio (pp 60-61)! Everything about the article was complimentary – from comments on our quaint location right in the heart of Barrington to mentioning our packed classes and annual recitals. It talks about our desire to give back to the community and create a place […]

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