Teaching Staff



Jeanie 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 Favario, 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 judged vocal, piano, and theatre competitions for years. 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 over twenty years and currently sings with the Chancel Choir there. She was 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 also a Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) alum emeritus. Jeanie served as NWSMTA Treasurer 2010-2011, ISMTA Treasurer/Board of Directors 2013-2015, ISMTA Website Implementation Manager 2013-2015, and was a member of the ISMTA Voice Syllabus committee 2015-2017. NATS and the NATS Foundation named Jeanie as winner of the 2016 Joan Frey Boytim Independent Teacher Award. Her biographical profile can be found in several of the current Who’s Who publications. In 2017, Jeanie was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who with the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.