I hope you’ll take a moment to check out some of our recordings from last year’s showcase! Just follow the links to the studio’s YouTube channel. These students did a great job. Wait until you hear what we have in store for this year! Our 17th Annual Showcase is coming up on May 19th, 2:30 […]
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.
Cary-Grove High School is known for the excellence of their fine arts programs. I’ve seen several of their shows before and have always come away marveling at how close to professional they seem. They certainly pulled out all the stops on this one. In my opinion, 75% of the scenes could have been presented on […]
So happy for all my students who participated in District 220’s annual Speech Tournament last week. They did really well! Estelle Lee and Caroline Tarulis both received high marks. Pierce Orlando got perfect scores from EVERY judge and was awarded gold! Not bad for his first try at a challenging comedic monologue! Way to go […]
Open to singers who are 13-18 yrs of age as of April 1, 2019. This is the third annual competition offered by Vocal Artists Management. Cash prizes will be offered for 1st ($600), 2nd ($250), and 3rd ($150) place winners. These three winners will also receive recommendation letters from Vocal Artists Management (VAM). Honorable mentions […]
A quality production, once again, by everyone associated with the music and theatre departments at Barrington High School. I saw the Saturday night cast, so all of my comments are based on that. I’ve heard great things about the other cast as well. SET: The opening set was wonderfully creative! I loved the scrim representing […]
CYT Chicago will be auditioning soon for several shows…you must sign up for one of the classes offered by each group to be eligible to audition. For more information, see: https://www.cytchicago.org/showseason/. – Lake County auditions are 3/1 (this Friday!) for their 5/2-5/5 production of Bye, Bye Birdie – Kane County will audition on 3/15 for their […]
It’s always great to see your students performing on stage. Last weekend was no exception! Julia Baumer did an outstanding job in her second lead role, playing the iconic Mary Poppins in Woodscreek’s production of the musical. She had the British accent down pat, sang beautifully, and certainly looked the part. Congratulations to a budding […]
Really proud of this little lady…Estelle Lee passed her AIM VI keyboard requirements in her lesson last week! She’s worked really hard on her sight reading. It really paid off. Congratulations Estelle!
Fun Saturday night at Schaumburg on Stage’s production of Grease! Seven Bel Canto students performed in the show. Congrats to Sofia Baumer, Jalen Fertig, Lorelei Lynott, Stephanie Marin, Anna McCoy, Isabelle Millan, and Kaitlin Tenbrunsel! We took some pictures after the show, but couldn’t find Lorelei. It was pretty crazy in the lobby! For more […]
Congratulations to all of the Station Middle School students who were cast in the April production of Freaky Friday! Rehearsals will start right after the first of the year. Performances will be the weekend of April 11-14. Looking forward to it! Ellie: Sophie Farmer (Bel Canto alum) Katherine: Ella Beaubien (alum) Karl: George Tarulis and Jacob […]
Congratulations to my piano student Pam Conroy! She completed all of her AIM IX requirements today. We’re already working on some beautiful pieces for level ten! Fantastic work. A well deserved accomplishment. I love teaching this woman!
Heads up Station Middle School students! Auditions for the fall play, Aladdin, will be the first and second week of school on 8/24, 8/27, and 8/28; callbacks on 8/31. Rehearsals start right away on Sept 4th. All the audition information in in the Schoology app. Need to jump on it if you’re interested! The show will run […]
GreenMan Theatre will hold auditions for their fall production of The Diary of Anne Frank on Aug 12 starting at 2:00 pm, Aug 13 at 7:00 pm, Aug 14 at 7:00 pm, callbacks Aug 16 . Auditions will be at their performance space, 232 S York St in Elmhurst. Production dates are Sept 28-Oct 14. Actors under […]
Rail Events Productions will hold auditions for The Polar Express train ride, an interactive event based on the film by Warner Bros. Seeking several adults to play the roles of Santa, Conductor, Hobo, ensemble members. Looking to cast a 9-12 yr old boy as the Hero Boy, Must be under 5’3″, sincere and kind, albeit a […]