Jeanie Carter

Experienced and innovative


I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal and piano performance. Prior to entering the conservatory, I studied piano for ten years through the prep department at Millikin. Post-graduate vocal studies consisted of sessions with Clare Kittner, Tim Carson, Lisa Popeil, and Dr. Ronald Combs; jazz piano with George McRae. For two years, I taught private and class voice at the Willow Creek Artz Center. As a licensed Kindermusik® educator, my classes focused on newborns and toddlers. I've judged vocal, piano, and drama competitions for years and have more than twenty-five years of teaching experience. Prior to opening Bel Canto Studios, I created several key roles for Hewitt Associates in college recruiting, information management, business development, and client communications.


Included here are operatic roles, oratorio and church music, solo concerts, leading contemporary worship, musical theatre roles, and jazz/cabaret vocals. I was the soprano soloist at First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville for over twenty years and part of the vocal ministry at Willow Creek Community Church from 2001 to 2006. In 2010, I launched Sapphire Jazz, a singing duo that was well-received in the Chicago area.


I belong to NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing), MTNA (Music Teachers’ National Association), ISMTA (Illinois State Music Teachers’ Association), and NWSMTA (Northwest Suburban Music Teachers’ Association). I am an SAI alum emeritus (Sigma Alpha Iota music honorary). I served as NWSMTA Treasurer 2010-2011, ISMTA Treasurer/Board of Directors 2013-2015, and was a member of the ISMTA Voice Syllabus committee 2015-2017. In 2016, NATS and the NATS Foundation awarded me the Joan Frey Boytim Independent Teacher Award. My profile can be found in several Who’s Who publications. I was recognized by Who’s Who with the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

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