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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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Bel Canto Student Cast in Independent Film

Jacqueline Caglar has been cast in her first independent film! She will be playing the role of Emma Simmons in “Voices in the Dark”, screenplay by Ellen Cribbs, adapted from the stage play with the same name. She had a wonderful time at her audition and particularly liked getting to do a screen test. Jacqueline […]

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2nd Annual Youth Arts Alive Concert at Barrington High School

If you weren’t able to see the Youth Arts Alive concert at BHS a couple of weeks ago, consider it for next year. This is a Barrington-wide arts event sponsored by the BADPC (Barrington Aread Drug Prevention Coalition). Organizations providing entertainment included: Barrington Children’s Choir, Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble, Bataille Academie of the Danse, Bel […]

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Maggie Veltri Accepted at Interlochen and Tanglewood

Maggie Veltri, a sophomore at Elgin Academy, has reason to celebrate! She has already been accepted into coveted summer voice programs at Interlochen and Tanglewood; still waiting to hear from Oberlin and Cincinnati. This young lady’s going to have an exciting summer. The hard part is deciding where to go!

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Lauren Conroy Making Her Mark on the Chicago Music Scene

Lauren Conroy, a freshman at Barrington High School, is an accomplished young artist that is making audiences take notice; she has been more than busy during the month of March. Lauren performed beautifully at the studio’s annual recital (incredible Chopin nocturne), provided pre-concert entertainment at the Hemmens Cultural Center prior to an ESO performance, and most recently played Bach’s Fantasia on pipe […]

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Hannah Dickerson to Attend Chicago Academy of the Arts

Congrats to Hannah Dickerson – she will be attending Chicago Academy of the Arts next fall! Hannah went through a lengthy audition and interview process before being accepted at this fine arts high school. Hannah was also recently cast as Penny in Quest Academy’s May musical “Imagine”. This is an original script, written by Quest […]

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2013 Recital & Awards Ceremony

Where/When The studio’s recital and awards program will be on March 9th at 2:30 pm this year. We’ll be deviating from our usual format. In years past we have performed in a large venue and recorded all of our performances. This year will be much more informal. I will host the event in my home, 923 Linda Drive, […]

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Phillipa Soo Starting to Make a Splash in New York

From the desk of Jeanie Carter: I can’t say enough about this young lady…Phillipa Soo (known affectionately as Pippa) was my first voice student when I started Bel Canto Studios. She has been attending Juilliard for the last few years and recently started to make her mark on the New York entertainment scene. Last fall she performed […]

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Brooke Harthan: Emerging Young Artist

Brooke Harthan‘s style is unique and captivating…this young lady isn’t letting any grass grow under her feet. She sang in LA earlier this month at Un-Urban Cafe’s open mike. For the second year in a row, she’s been a finalist in the Haitian Idol benefit up in Woodstock. She’s getting ready for American Idol auditions. […]

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Henry Havelock Has Arrived…

Three cheers for Henry Havelock! This little guy just turned 8 yrs old in December. He was asked to participate in an invitation-only event down in Orlando last month. 150+ agents attended, looking for hot new talent. Henry prepared a monologue, scene, and commercial for them. Since his return, he has been interviewing with managers […]

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2012 Bel Canto Studios in the Spotlight

12-06: Cali Brady finished her AIM Level III performance exam on piano last week. Way to go! Beautiful work. 12-03: The Daily Herald showcased Jeanie Carter and Bel Canto Studios in Monday’s business section. Jim Kendall’s column targets entrepreneurs and corporate executives. The article talked about stage presence and how it can improve your public speaking skills. Bel Canto coaches […]

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2012 Audition & Competition 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. ArtReach Educational Theatre: Holding auditions for “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” by Shakespeare, 6-9 pm on Dec 19th at Bethel Lutheran Church, 3839 W Frontage Rd, Palatine. Seeking […]

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Holiday Sweet Deal

Here’s a great gift idea for the aspiring musician on your list…buy four lessons, get one free! New students only, expires 12/31/12. Call the studio to reserve your gift certificate today.

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Tips for Success – Public Speaking: Stage Presence Sells

Jim Kendall, newspaper columnist and principal at 121 Marketing Resources Inc, recently interviewed Jeanie Carter for a column about Bel Canto Studios’ approach to public speaking. The article was posted on his Business Owner’s Blog December 9, 2012.: http://121marketingresources.com/Blog/?p=673. It explores how stage presence and preparation time can help you engage audiences, encourage buy-in, and leave a favorable, lasting impression. Linked here with […]

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Daily Herald Runs Article on Bel Canto Studios

If you haven’t seen it yet, there was a great article about the studio in the business section of Monday’s Daily Herald (Dec 3rd). Jim Kendall’s column targets the needs of entrepreneurs and corporate executives. The article is all about stage presence and how to improve public speaking skills. Jim interviewed me a couple of times […]

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Russ Riendeau: Creative, Prolific, Entertaining

Russ Riendeau is one of the most creative people I know. It has been my pleasure to serve as his vocal coach for several years. He has performed acoustic rock vocals with his band, The 3 Lincolns, ever since I’ve known him. His first solo CD, Four Winds, came out in September of 2010. In […]

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