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!