Choir Atlanta 2012
Tuesday
Jan052016

DEB AHLGRIM

Deb Ahlgrim received her Music Education degree from Northern Illinois University with a choral concentration. She has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for the past 9 years. Mrs. Ahlgrim sang with the Bach Chamber Choir for 2 years. She served as a choral judge for District 9 IMEA Auditions. She has professionally taught general and choral music at Elementary and Middle School levels. Mrs. Ahlgrim also created and directed a community Children’s Choir. 

 
Currently Mrs. Ahlgrim is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA). A Glenbard East alumna herself, Mrs. Ahlgrim has been actively involved as a voice performer for the past 15 years. 
 
Fees for voice and/or piano lessons are $33 for a 45 minute lesson, or $22 for a 30 minute lesson, meeting once weekly. Payment for the full month is due at the beginning of each month.  
 
To sign up for lessons, contact Mrs. Ahlgrim at deb.ahlgrim@gmail.com or 630-217-6196.

Monday
Jan042016

Keshena Luckett

Keshena Cisneros-Watson (Luckett) graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance. Keshena was a member of the University of Illinois Women’s Glee Club for one year and was a member of the Black Chorus for four years. She was also the student director of the Black Chorus for three years. She has appeared in Puccini’s La Boehme and Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore as a choir member with the DuPage Opera Theatre, under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt. During her college years, Keshena appeared in operas like, La Natura in La Calisto, and a choir member and Third Boy in Die Zauberflöte. Keshena was a Young Artist at Songfest in Malibu, CA, and sang in Master Classes and concerts under world-renowned voice teachers and composers. In 2012, Keshena appeared in Die Zauberflöte, as the Third Lady in Atlanta. At U of I, Keshena was awarded multiple music education and vocal performance scholarships and awards, including the most prestigious Smith Full-Tuition Scholarship. Keshena has taught general music, High School Choral Music, and private lessons for many years. Keshena currently studies with Julie Ann Miller and works as an In-School and Neighborhood Conductor for the Chicago Children’s Choir.

 

Fees for voice lessons are $22 for a 30 minute lesson, or $33 for a 45 minute lesson, meeting once weekly. Payment for the full month is due at the beginning of each month. Mrs. Luckett can be reached at (630) 329-1138 or Kcisnerosw@gmail.com to sign up for lessons.

Thursday
Dec132012

Beth Luther

Beth Luther holds her degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, with emphasis in choral education and piano pedagogy.  She has been studying and performing on the piano for 28 years and is an experienced soloist, accompanist, and teacher.  She has been on the piano faculty at the Cedar Rapids Symphony in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is currently on the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago as well as holding a piano studio at her home in Villa Park.  Under her guidance, her students have successfully competed in various competitions, as well as having gone on to major in top collegiate music programs.

Mrs. Luther has served as the choral director, accompanist, and teacher of piano, guitar, and Music Theory AP at Maine West High School, Peotone High School, and Addison Trail High School in the Chicago area, as well as Iowa City High School in Iowa City.  She sings with the Schola Cantorum Cathedralis of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, and has served as the organist and choral director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lansing, Michigan.

Mrs. Luther is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas as a certified Suzuki instructor, as well as a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA).

Fees for piano lessons are $33 for a 45 minute lesson, or $22 for a 30 minute lesson, meeting once weekly.  Payment for the full month is due at the beginning of each month.  Mrs. Luther can be reached at 773-895-5051.

Friday
Aug312012

BARBARA STALEY

After making her professional operatic debut at 19 singing Fiordiligi at the Lake George Opera Festival, Barbara Staley has gone on to perform over twenty roles with opera companies all over the world. Heralded as one of the best young dramatic sopranos by John Crosby of the Santa Fe Opera, she has sung at the Teatro di Verdi in Busseto, Italy, with the Graz Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Milan, Italy. She has also participated in recitals in Parma, Italy, Wiesbaden and Kassel, Germany as well as Graz, Austria. She has sung such roles as the Countess in "Le Nozze di Figaro" at the Des Moines Metro Opera and Waukegan Opera, Tosca with Opera North, Cio Cio San with the Polish National Opera, Elizabeth in "Don Carlos" and Aida with the Illinois Philharmonic, as well as Donna Elvira in Graz, Austria under the baton of August Eberhart. Ms. Staley has been heard on WFMT radio in several operatic recordings.

Ms. Staley has been the winner of the National Bel Canto Competition in Busseto, Italy, Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria, Metropolitan Opera Finalist, Farwell Award Musician Club of Women, National League of Penn Women, and NATSAA Regional finals.

Ms. Staley holds a Bachelors of Music in voice performance with a minor in piano from the American Conservatory of Music, as well as a Masters of Music from DePaul University (with honors) in voice performance and vocal pedagogy. Ms. Staley also holds a performance certificate from the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Ms. Staley has been on the faculty of Illinois State University and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor's Fraternity. Ms. Staley has done master classes at the University of Nevada, Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.

Fees for voice lessons are $33 per 45 minute lesson, or $22 per 30 minute lesson, meeting once weekly.  Payment for the full month is due at the beginning of each month.  Ms. Staley can be reached at 847-302-3256.