Saw Newsies last Saturday night. It was phenomenal! Schaumburg on Stage did a great job with this production. Tons of dancing, excellent singing by Payton Kaye as Jack Kelly, Angela Tomaso as Katherine, and Gia Daubenmire as Medda Larkin. Actually, it was some of the best singing I’ve heard in a long time. Payton Kaye’s […]
Cary-Grove High School is known for the excellence of their fine arts programs. I’ve seen several of their shows before and have always come away marveling at how close to professional they seem. They certainly pulled out all the stops on this one. In my opinion, 75% of the scenes could have been presented on […]
A quality production, once again, by everyone associated with the music and theatre departments at Barrington High School. I saw the Saturday night cast, so all of my comments are based on that. I’ve heard great things about the other cast as well. SET: The opening set was wonderfully creative! I loved the scrim representing […]
What a fun-filled Sunday afternoon at Station Middle School’s production of The Addams Family! Many of us are familiar with the characters that entertained us for years in the popular TV show by the same name. Students did a wonderful job of bringing those characters to life on stage. Special shout outs to Kaitlin Tenbrunsel as Wednesday […]
Bravo!! The Barrington High School cast and crew did Andrew Lloyd Webber proud last weekend with their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I was there on Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Liam Boyle in the role of Joseph stunned the crowd with his captivating vocals. I’ve never heard a high […]
The music in Shrek Jr is incredibly difficult for younger students to perform. The kids at Woods Creek Elementary did an admirable job! For most of them, it was their very first time on stage. (All of them were in fourth or fifth grade.) There were some very funny moments, well acted and well sung. Singers […]
Hats off to Schaumburg on Stage for presenting a memorable production of Les Misérables. It was a really enjoyable show with wonderful sets and costumes, not to mention one of the best prepared and impressive ensembles I have ever seen. (Kudos to Bel Canto students and alums Sophie Farmer, Ella Goluba, Kailey Jeffs, and Jessica Shimp!) Sound […]
District 220 put on two great shows last weekend. Seussical was double cast to offer more students the opportunity to perform. You can’t go wrong with this show. There’s something in it for everyone. Leads really stepped up with best-effort performances, all of them above average. There were a lot of smaller roles peppered throughout […]
Although the musical is a bit light on storyline, the young, promising talent on display at Station Middle School made up for it last weekend. The leads were particularly good! Kaitlin Tenbrunsel (currently studying at Bel Canto Studios) played Alex the Lion. So proud of the job that Kaitlin did. She had a full, rich […]
….you missed one of the best high school productions ever. Everything about it was phenomenal. The show boasts of one Cole Porter hit song after another, songs that make you want to tap your toes and hum the melody. The pit band probably had as much fun as everyone on stage because of the engaging […]
Thanks to everyone who made this production possible! The audience was thoroughly entertained every step of the way. *Wilson Plummer played a lively Peter Pan. *Jessica Shimp was a delightful Wendy, and Mia Priola a sassy Tinkerbell. *Michael and John made everyone laugh. *Nathan Brown as Captain Hook did an “admirable” job; his sidekick Smee […]
What are you waiting for…listen to this! The Hamilton cast recording is out. I played thru the entire thing – captivating and I’m not a big fan of rap. It’s cutting edge, energetic, and a far cry from anything I’ve ever seen in the theatre! Interesting how “what goes around comes around.” Our American musical […]
Jeanie is a remarkable teacher who goes above and beyond to make sure her students succeed. I owe much of my success at Berklee College of Music to her. Bel Canto Studios is a truly unique and inspiring place to study music. You will NOT find a better place, I guarantee it!
Samantha Ceglarek, Singer/Songwriter, LA
Jeanie has been my vocal coach for several years. Her practical tips help me sing with ease throughout my range. Coaching sessions have inspired me to develop my own style, get more comfortable on stage, and look for new ways to engage audiences when I speak publicly.
Russ Riendeau, Keynote Speaker, Executive Search Professional, Recording Artist
My daughter has studied piano with Miss Jeanie for ten years. Jeanie has brought out the best in Lauren, patiently encouraging her and challenging her to grow as an artist. Miss Jeanie is committed to students of every age. Her expertise and love of music shine in every lesson. Her professionalism is of the highest level.
Pam Conroy, Parent
I remember the first time I heard Jeanie’s students…this was the teacher I needed. My experience at Bel Canto inspired me to pursue my dream of a singing career. It was largely responsible for my success in music school and my Fulbright studies in Europe. I would not be the artist I am today if I had not studied at Bel Canto Studios.
Emily Ortlieb Opera Singer, Vienna
Our children have studied piano at Bel Canto Studios for several years, and we could not be happier with their progress. Ms. Jeanie is an excellent teacher and mentor. We highly recommend Bel Canto Studios to anyone seeking a high quality music education for their children!
Purnima Bhogaraju, Parent
This is the best music school I have come across in the Chicagoland area, and I’ve worked with many. Jeanie Carter's style of teaching is geared to the individual child. The kids are so responsive to her. Jeanie and her students are outstanding.
Gigi Faraci-Harris, Videographer
Before I met you, music was just something I did. Now it’s part of who I am. You have been an amazing teacher and mentor these past six years. You have taught me things I will remember for the rest of my life. I am excited about going to music school and living up to the potential I now know that I have. Thank you, Jeanie!
Nicole Cherecwich, College Student
Bel Canto Studios is highly recommended. My daughter has been training under Jeanie Carter for seven years in both voice and piano. Her progress has been remarkable. Her confidence and skill level grow appreciably each year. She has developed a sophisticated appreciation of music which motivates her to practice and improve.
Lawrence Brady, Parent
My daughter has studied voice and acting at Bel Canto Studios for almost three years. Emma is so strong and confident now when she performs! Jeanie Carter tailors her teaching to each student, finding the perfect mix of laughter, work, creativity, friendship, and challenge. Her high quality teaching has far exceeded our expectations. We wouldn't go anywhere else!
Sheryl Nelson, Parent
Jeanie has taught my children for the last three years. They have learned more than the technical aspects of voice training and acting. Jeanie has empowered them with confidence, patience, perseverance, and a love for music. Jeanie is a blessing. I am so glad I found her.
Melanie Baumer, Parent