Chicago Area Voice Teachers
Jenilca Giusti is a Singer, Songwriter, and Music Producer born in Puerto Rico. She was first signed at the age of 18 with record label, DreamWorks Records. Years of touring and opening concerts for bands like, N’Sync, BB Mak, and Backstreet Boys, Jenilca traveled and developed a singing career with the girl group, Solid Harmonie. Years later she took another step and
began writing music, where she produced a Latin Pop Rock album in where she had numerous hits in Puerto Rico. After Jenilca moves back to Miami FL she decides to try something different and auditioned for a International Singing show, where she made it to second place. The show, “Yo Soy El Artista”, was seen all over the world and that lead her to once again to travel the Latin American countries doing what she loves most, singing. Now you can find her teaching her vocal and stage performing techniques
to others while she studies Audio Production at the Illinois Arts Institute.
Michael Silvestri is an American recording artist, singer/songwriter, guitarist, teacher, & producer. His own music style emulates folk and rock. Mike brings a unique style of playing guitar to the table as a session musician, and each of the 200+ shows he plays every year. There are many different types of music to learn for each of the shows, which makes him an extremely versatile guitarist, and a master at learning songs extraordinary quickly. Be sure to check out his music on any digital music streaming site.
Brian Hupp is a performing artist in both Opera and Music Theater. He has worked with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera on the James, St. Petersburg Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Columbus, St. Petersburg Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Opera Project Columbus among others. He has also performed as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Butler University Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, the Southeastern Ohio Symphony, Heisey Wind Ensemble, and the Ohio State University Orchestra. Favorite roles include Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and the title role in Sweeney Todd and Don Giovanni.
Brian has held adjunct voice teacher positions at Wright State University and Muskingum University. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Capital University, and a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from Ohio State University. He and his wife are new to the Chicago area, recently relocating from Ohio.
Katelyn Lee is a classically-trained soprano and native of Springfield, Missouri. Most recently, she understudied the role of Doris Parker in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Charlie Parker's Yardbird. She was also a part of the ensemble in Lyric Opera's My Fair Lady. Other operatic and musical theatre highlights include Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Antonia in Man of La Mancha, Mizzi in the American premiere of The Ball at the Savoy, Cunegonde in Candide, Romilda in Serse, Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Additionally, Katelyn has performed various concert works with Chicago Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, and Music of the Baroque. Lee’s previous education includes a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Katelyn has been teaching voice privately for nine years. She has taught students of all levels of ability and is of the philosophy that there must always be joy in singing. She works to find a specific teaching language and tailor it to each individual student. By learning a classical vocal technique, Katelyn believes students will have the tools to sing healthily in any style.
Natalie Finamore is a 20-year-old musician and audio engineer currently earning her bachelor’s degree in Music Composition at Columbia College Chicago. She is passionate about music and inspiring others to learn through positive lesson experience. She has been playing piano for 10 years, guitar for 8, and has also had professional vocal training for 8 years. Natalie is new to professional teaching but has been giving informal lessons to friends and family for years.
Natalie participated in musical theater and bands all through high school, and was a member of Jazz Ensemble, Choir, and Handbell Ensemble at Whitter College in Whittier, CA. She is currently a member of several bands.
Courtney Hollenbeck was born in a small town in Ohio, and has always had a love and passion for the performing arts. Whether participating in gymnastics, youth theater productions, dance classes, or piano lessons, Courtney always found her way onto a stage! This passion carried her to Anderson University in Indiana where she studied Music Education, graduating cum laude in 2012. Throughout her time at Anderson she studied piano, voice, participated in various operas, musicals and dance shows and sang in the top mixe voice choir for 3 years.
Throughout her college career she also participated in the Miss Ohio (Miss America system) pageant for 3 consecutive years placing as a Top Ten Semifinalist in 2011. Professionally, Courtney has been a full-time elementary music teacher, private piano and voice teacher and choir member/soprano section leader at an Indianapolis church. One of her proudest moments was in 2014 when she was selected as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader in the NFL, dancing for upwards of 65,000 fans on game days.
Currently, she resides in Lisle with her husband Brett and daughter Harper. In her spare time she enjoys cooking healthy meals for her family, fitness, nature and spending time with family.
She is excited to meet and work with your child and she hopes to give them confidence both onstage and beyond!
An impressive, rich, dramatic soprano, with extensive European concert experience, Sladjana is now successfully building her career in the USA.
Sladjana is described as a 'true Prima Donna' being able to sing the entire soprano repertoire, with the voice that carries easily over the orchestra. Stunning in pieces from Mozart to Wagner, this black vixen gives a completely new opera experience to her audiences.
Mrs Saric has an extensive portfolio of international performances. In the role of Mimi in La Boheme, her rich, textured, intense voice and performance stole the show. Sladjana performed in the Mozart's opera La Clemenza di Tito during Chicago Summer Opera in 2017, where she shined in one of the most intriguing soprano roles - Vitellia. With a unique voice like hers, her most noted roles are the most demanding ones, the women living intensely, the heroines - Floria Tosca from Tosca, Abigail from Nabucco and Amelia from A Masked Ball. The National Theatre in Belgrade still remembers her performance in the Puccini's Suor Angelica that earned her and the entire stage a few minutes long, standing ovation.
One of her most noted appearances was as a member of the International Vocal Arts Institute in NYC, with the rest of 2016 spent as a member of the International Opera Academy in Montecatini Terme, Italy, where she was awarded the 'Al Miglior Interprete Verdiano' for her outstanding soprano voice. With titles such as the winner of 'SBC Voice' in Chicago, Sladjana is on her way to shake and stir the opera world.
In 2016 and 2017, Sladjana has attended masterclasses by some of the most notable opera names of our time. In Chicago, the Masterclasses of the soprano Elisabeth Byrne and the conductor Emanuele Andrizzi. During the attendance of the IVAI - The International Vocal Arts Institute in New York, in 2016, she attended the unmatched session of MasterClasses of Diana Soviero (Soprano, Prima Donna), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone, Metropolitan Opera), Joan Dornemann (Assistant Conductor Metropolitan Opera) and the amazing Ruth Falcon (Soprano, Metropolitan Opera,Voice teacher, Mannes School of Music,New York). Never missing a chance to practice and refine her expression, Sladjana also attended the MasterClasses of Hemdi Kfir (Language/Diction Coach, Metropolitan Opera, Israeli Opera), Omer Ben Seadia (Stage Director Houston Grand Opera), Joshua Major (Stage Director, New England Conservatory of Music) and Liora Maurer(Vocal Coach,Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera).
Her fascination with music has begun at an early age. Sladjana was only five when her mother took her to see Nabucco opera in Novi Sad. She remembers being so startled, that the following year she enrolled in the musical school. Her first steps in music were with the accordion. Since her talent started to flourish, she was advised to take upon another instrument to get a fresh perspective and broaden her expression. That is when the flute came into play. With strength, subtlety and versatility, the flute was a major inspiration for Sladjana to develop her talent.
After obtaining both BA and MA in flute performance from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, she earned another Masters in Vocal Performance from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia. The specialization degree in Vocal Performance was done at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary in the class of the majestic opera star - Eva Marton.
From 2007 to 2013, Sladjana perfected her skill and voice at the MasterClasses of the marvelous opera stars: Biserka Cvejić (Mezzo soprano Metropolitan Opera, Voice Teacher University of Music, Belgrade, Serbia), Mirella Freni (Soprano-Primadonna, in Modena, Italy and Worgl, Austria) and Radmila Bakočević (Soprano,Voice Teacher FMU Belgrade, Serbia.
Lesley Goodman has been teaching private piano and voice lessons for over 20 years while maintaining a career as a singer in Chicago and abroad. She received a music degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University and she has extensive teaching experience for both piano and voice.
Lesley has been a teacher and studio accompanist to students at Interlochen National Music Camp, Northbrook Children's Theater, Quest Theater in Chicago, New Trier High School, Niles North High School and the Children's Theater in Houston.
She customizes her lessons to suit the interests and musical goals of each student. She has taught a wide range of ages and experience levels is certified to teach the Music Together program (a popular early childhood music education program). Lesley is passionate about music and brings this energy and excitement into her teaching practice.
Melissa Piantedosi, voice and piano instructor, has been performing for over 17 years. Her education includes a Masters Degree from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a Bachelor Degree from The Boston Conservatory both in Vocal Performance. Melissa has performed in a wide variety of venues across the country and in Verona, Italy. She is comfortable teaching classical as well as popular styles of music. Operatic roles she has performed include Fanette in Milton Granger's comic opera, Bluebeard's Waiting Room and goddesses Venere and Pallade in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea.
Melissa co-founded Con Fuoco, a group that tells compelling stories of the lives of composers through performance of art song and prose. Melissa also has experience giving educational outreach performances with South Shore Opera Company at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Helen C. Pierce School of International Studies.
It is one of Melissa's greatest joys to share her knowledge and passion of music with others. Her goal is to not only teach her students a reliable technique but to help them find their unique voice and expression through the music.