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.
Congratulations to everyone who completed a full year of study!
Summer session starts tomorrow! Consider perking up your summer by singing or playing some fun music! So many activities have been cancelled because of the pandemic. We’re alive and well! All of our lessons are taught via FaceTime or Google Duo right now. It’s proving to be really convenient for everyone. If you are lucky […]
Heads up – we’ve moved!! Our Barrington location at 217 Park Avenue is now permanently closed. Bel Canto’s new address is 923 Linda Drive in Algonquin. Since March we’ve been offering FaceTime and Google Duo lessons from that location. It’s going really well! There were a few bumps in the road when we first launched […]
A big shout out to everyone who made the cast for Barrington High School’s spring mainstage play! The production is scheduled for April 23rd – April 25th. – Current students: Kaitlin Tenbrunsel will be Rose and an ensemble member; Emma Proctor Snake 1 and ensemble. – A bunch of Bel Canto alums help round it […]
The studio is closely monitoring developments in our country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As new information becomes available, we may close for additional dates. We expect to announce remote learning options very soon.
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With all the news surrounding us about Covid-19, I wanted to let you know what is being done at the studio to keep students safe. The studio is sprayed with disinfectant every day, even under normal circumstances. Hand sanitizer is always available. Surfaces are being cleaned and disinfected more frequently than usual. All students are […]
Philip Celeste did it! He completed all of his piano requirements for AIM II in his last lesson. We’ve had to really work at recognizing intervals, but he got every one this time. I really put him through his paces too! We’ve been knocking out other Level III requirements for a while. Way to go […]
Children of Eden non-equity casting call!! Seeking children ages 6-13 for the chorus, also the roles of Young Cain and Young Abel. Commitment required is 7/13 – 8/9/20. Rehearsals and performances will be at the Arcada Theatre in St Charles. This is an incredible opportunity to work with internationally recognized greats including Stephen Schwartz (music […]
I’m still marveling at what I heard last Saturday night. Kaitlin Tenbrunsel was positively electric!! She brought down the house with every reprise of Rusty’s big number “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” in Footloose. I don’t think she could have sung anything better. The role is unbelievably high, but still requires a solid belt. […]
Brin Ferges was recently cast as Oaken in Frozen by Big Deal Productions! Her solo number will open the second act. (The song isn’t in the movie, just the stage show.) Congratulations Brin!
18th Annual Showcase & Awards May 10, 2020 2:00-5:00 PM Barrington Area Library Meeting Rooms A&B Call Time: 2:00 PM Doors Open: 2:20PM Performances: 2:30 PM Awards: Immediately Following Refreshments: 4:30 PM If students wish to participate, they are expected to remain for the entire program, including awards. All pieces must be performance-ready at least […]
Please join me in congratulating Miss Kaitlin Tenbrunsel on her first professional contract! Kaitlin was hired as part of the ensemble for the Children of Eden production at the Arcadia Theatre in St. Charles next summer. She came in a very close second for the role of Yonah, but was not cast in the role because […]
Brin Ferges continues to give confident performances whether auditioning for a musical theatre production or singing for an audience. Check out her rendition of “Tomorrow” from Annie at this year’s Roslyn Road Variety Show: https://youtu.be/U1gJXdhkCg8. Great job for someone who just turned nine.