Jeanie 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. Jeanie taught private and class voice for two years in the Willow Creek Arts Center. She judged vocal, piano, and theatre competitions for many years. As a licensed Kindermusik® educator, she has taught music to newborns, toddlers, and young children. Prior to opening Bel Canto Studios, she had high profile roles in recruiting, business development, information management, and client communications at Hewitt Associates. She has more than twenty-five years teaching experience.
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 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 performing duo that was well-received in the Chicago area.
Her professional affiliations include National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS), Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA), Illinois State Music Teachers’ Association (ISMTA), and Northwest Suburban Music Teachers’ Association (NWSMTA). She is a Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) alum emeritus. 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 biographical profile can be found in several of the current Who’s Who publications. She was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who with the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.