So very proud of Brin Ferges! Big Deal Productions in Buffalo Grove made a point of asking her to audition for their spring show. (Well, that’s always nice. They knew her from their production of Frozen 2 that had to be cancelled last year because of the pandemic.) When the cast list came out, she […]
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.
We recently started a holiday playlist on the studio’s YouTube channel. We will have more songs to add shortly! Here’s hoping your Christmas will be white and very merry! I’ll Be Home for Christmas: https://youtu.be/AWwj4-axHlQ O Holy Night:https://youtu.be/WqHnERxhOx0 White Christmas: https://youtu.be/evbOhvTcx1k Christmas Shoes: https://youtu.be/-Bjc6EAiE9M Merry Christmas, Darling: https://youtu.be/7JeuzNViz7A Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: https://youtu.be/JzLqyFRYGMw […]
Our first virtual showcase was a huge success…over 110 views worldwide! Honor students were announced, Their videos are now on the studio’s YouTube channel. If you didn’t see the showcase, give a listen…we’ll be adding more showcase videos soon. Brin Ferges, Stage Presence Award, “The Lonely Goatherd” from The Sound of Music: https://youtu.be/BRwfDI4olAQ Faith John, […]
Because we had to cancel our showcase last spring due to pandemic concerns, our 2020 performance awards will include performances from June 2019 to Nov 2020. We will be hosting a virtual fall showcase mid-November!
We’ve added a lot of new videos to the studio’s YouTube channel. They’re really good! See if there are some that speak to you… By Kaitlin Ten “Burn” from Hamilton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3y6IryZ4Qs “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady https://youtu.be/bpzkx6lE9pg “Goodnight My Someone” from The Music Man https://youtu.be/Y-aLujdinvk “Speechless” from Aladdin https://youtu.be/dXvSt1bjv7Y “My Future” (Billie Eilish […]
Sela and her little sister Neve will be featured in Claire’s fall and Halloween campaigns online and in stories globally! Adorable girls. Easy to see why retailers think so too. Sela was also chosen for a back-to-school shoot for Abercrombie and Fitch – a casual remote shoot in Barrington at Citizen’s Park! Sela shot this […]
It won’t be long before Kaitlin Ten becomes a household name. (We know her affectionately as Kaitlin Tenbrunsel. Kaitlin Ten is her new stage name.) This talented young lady just landed contracts with Gray Talent Group and Management by Morgan! Her strong work ethic and love of performing is starting to pay off. I think […]
Congrats to Miss Faith John! She was selected to participate in tonight’s Broadway Connection master class sponsored by Barrington Children’s Choir. She will sing “Requiem” from Dear Evan Hansen. Fantastic video audition. Loved her stage presence. We will be featuring it in our fall virtual showcase.
Consider perking up your fall schedule 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. No matter where you live, you can […]
Congratulations to Miss Sela Anderson!! She recently signed with DDO Kids and will now be represented in Chicago, NY, and LA. She’s pretty over the moon about it! The agency will be promoting her for commercials, print, TV, film, and theatre.
Congratulations to everyone who completed a full year of study!
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 […]