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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 Studios to Collaborate with ESO Again This Year

Bel Canto Studios has been asked to provide pre-concert and intermission entertainment again this year for some of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts at Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. After reviewing this year’s programming, we felt that the piano concerto concert on September 8th was the best fit. Lauren Conroy and her mother Pam will […]

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2012 Achievement Awards

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2012 Performance Awards

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Jeanie Carter Flying Solo as Sapphire Jazz

Sapphire Jazz began as a performing duo, but has since become a vehicle for Jeanie Carter’s solo expertise. Jeanie specializes in songs that have stood the test of time – jazz standards and cabaret favorites – emulating great singers from the past as well as reigning jazz divas from today. Her sound ranges from small […]

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Bel Canto Students Participate in Youth Arts Alive!

Bel Canto Studios will be joining with several other Barrington area performing arts organizations to provide an exciting, family-friendly evening of entertainment. The Barrington Area Drug Protection Coalition is sponsoring the city-wide event at Barrington High School. The concert is April 5th at 7:30 pm, free to the public and lasting about 90 minutes. It will be in […]

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Bel Canto Studios to Collaborate with ESO During 2011-2012 Season

Bel Canto Studios has been asked to collaborate with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra during their 2011-2012 season. We will be providing pre-concert and intermission entertainment in The Hemmens lobby on several occasions. This is quite an honor for the studio. We are very excited about partnering with such a well-respected organization. Sat, Feb 4th and […]

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2011 Bel Canto Studios in the Spotlight

12-31-11: The T-Mobile “Home for the Holidays” show that Rachel Foszcz Prickett filmed at Woodfield Mall in early December was made into a commercial that aired on national television during the holiday season. 12-31-11: Sapphire Jazz performed three holiday shows – two at Sedgebook in Lincolnshire and one at Sunrise of Buffalo Grove. 12-09-11: Way to go Abbey! St. […]

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2011 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. CYT, McHenry County: Auditions for Aladdin Jr 12/9 5-9 pm at Trinity Oaks Christian Academy, 409 First St, Cary. Callbacks 12/10 noon-4 pm at CYT Studios, 755 Industrial […]

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2011 Honor Students

 VOCAL TECHNIQUE Jilly Karande MOST IMPROVED VOCALIST Nicole Cherecwich PIANO TECHNIQUE Kendall Meyer MOST IMPROVED PIANIST Cali Brady STUDY AWARD Haley Morris Jordan Morris

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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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