VOCAL TECHNIQUE Brian Vrbicek MOST IMPROVED VOCALIST SC deFreitas PIANO TECHNIQUE Jack Trimberger MOST IMPROVED PIANIST Nia Johnson MUSICIANSHIP Stefanie Giannini STAGE PRESENCE Pippa Soo STUDY AWARD Brooke Tracy
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.
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Racquel Federighi MOST IMPROVED VOCALIST Kathleen Burch PIANO TECHNIQUE Nikhil Paruchuru MOST IMPROVED PIANIST Marissa Cortopassi MUSICIANSHIP Pippa Soo Jeffrey Zhu STUDY AWARD Samantha Ceglarek Emily Toporek