A teacher with experience and personality
EDUCATION · TEACHING · CORPORATE
Jeanie graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal and piano performance. Prior to entering the conservatory, she studied piano for ten years through the prep 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. Jeanie taught private and class voice for two years at the Willow Creek Arts Center. As a licensed Kindermusik® educator, she has taught music to newborns and toddlers. She judged vocal, piano, and drama competitions for many years. Jeanie has more than twenty-five years of teaching experience. Prior to opening Bel Canto Studios Inc, she had high profile roles in college recruiting, information management, business development, and client communications at Hewitt Associates.
included here are operatic roles, oratorio and church music, solo concerts, leading contemporary worship, musical theatre roles, and jazz/cabaret vocals. Jeanie 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, she launched Sapphire Jazz, a duo that was well-received in the Chicago area.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS · AWARDS
Jeanie belongs 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). She is an SAI alum emeritus (Sigma Alpha Iota music honorary). Jeanie 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 her the Joan Frey Boytim Independent Teacher Award. Jeanie’s profile can be found in several Who’s Who publications. She was recognized by Who’s Who with the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.