We offer voice lessons for Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and beyond.
We offer voice lessons for Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and beyond. Whether you want to learn folk, jazz, classical, broadway, church music... whatever it is, this is the place for you! For ages 4-11, we designate these lessons as "Singing Lessons," focusing first and foremost on just having fun with music and encouraging a child's love for music and growing self-confidence. For ages 12+, we call these "Voice Lessons," and make that distinction because it is at this age that we start emphasizing proper technique, posture, and breathing as their voice begins to mature. All ages will learn about the importance of stage presence and will be given opportunities to sing in front of small and large audiences. While we will certainly broaden every student's horizons by encouraging a wide range of musical styles (from folk to Disney to Broadway to church worship songs to classical art songs), we also customize our approach so we can help each student with the particular styles and genres they most love. Join us... it's going to be a blast!
ASHLEY BARNEY, voice
Ashley Barney earned her M.M. in Vocal Performance at DePaul University in 2012 and her B.M. in Vocal Performance at Wheaton College in 2010 where she studied voice with Dr. Carolyn Hart. Uniquely versatile as a performer in many vocal genres, Ashley is an active church musician in both traditional and contemporary worship. She has performed the roles of Belle (Beauty and the Beast) and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz) in addition to singing at the Green Lake Music Festival. Ashley has sung as a professional soloist in the roles of Gabriel/Eve in Haydn's The Creation with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Beth in Little Women with Opera North (NH), the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Northwestern University Summer Chorus, the queen in Amleto (Hamlet) with Opera Southwest, and the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the North Shore Choral Society. She won a career development award of $7,500 in the 2014 Musicians Club of Women Scholarship and Awards Competition and placed 1st in the 2014 North Shore Choral Society Donald Chen Young Artist Competition.
Ashley discovered her passion for teaching singing in a vocal pedagogy course with Dr. Gerard Sundberg at Wheaton College. She believes in cultivating an appreciation of beauty in her students, especially as it pertains to creating an expressive and meaningful vocal performance. Ashley is able to readily assess each student’s technical needs and provides vocal and kinesthetic exercises to help the student release tension, breathe properly, and extend his or her vocal range, all appropriate to the student's age and physical development. She provides analogies or illustrations to help students of all learning types achieve their singing goals. Students will also work on honing their stage presence, learning how to emotionally connect to the words they are singing and to communicate that to an audience.
When not teaching, Ashley loves to write songs that are a fusion of piano-led pop, alternative, and musical theater. Ashley enjoys listening to indie artists, a cappella groups, and just about any music that's highly original and speaks truth to the soul. She loves to spend time talking with her husband Jason, hosting dinner parties and board game marathons, and going camping or hiking with her whole family.
LAUREN WELANDER, voice
An experienced educator and performer, Lauren began teaching private voice lessons nearly ten years ago. She earned her degree in vocal performance at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music where she studied voice under Dr. Sarah Holman. She loves teaching at Bellas Artes and is committed to continuing her own professional development, under the conviction that the best teachers are those who practice lifelong learning.
She has taught dozens of students (both children and adults), both in her private studio as well as with the Rising Stars Show Choir. Using all genres, from classical to musical theatre to pop, Lauren works to train and grow each student’s voice in a healthy and natural way, teaching proper breath support, posture, and singing technique. She has coached many students and helped prepare them for musical theatre and choir auditions. Given that vocal study is as unique to each voice and vocal concepts can often be abstract, she tailors her teaching to each individual student, finding ways to best explain concepts so each student will understand. She puts any nerves at ease and keeps each lesson focused on the joy of singing.
Her own musical background involves extensive performing experience, from concert choirs, to jazz ensembles, to numerous solos (in musical theatre, opera, and classical art songs). She has served under the batons of numerous conductors, from world-renowned John Nelson with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago (performing at Chicago's Symphony Center) to Dr. Paul Weins of Wheaton College's Concert Choir.
Lauren lives in Schaumburg with her husband, Eric, also a Conservatory-trained musician, and their two cats, Hans and Sofia. In addition to music, Lauren grew up riding and showing horses on the Hunter Jumper circuit and brought her two passions together when she sung the National Anthem before the Grand Prix events at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne.