Biography

Jennifer McCormick began her opera career in Green Bay, WI, in the children's chorus of Pamiro Opera Company's productions of Hansel and Gretel, The Three Little Pigs, and La Boehme. More recently, Ms. McCormick completed the Master of Music in voice Performance at North Park University, where she also sang Papagena and understudied Pamina in The Magic Flute, and appeared in Britten's The Beggar's Opera and Argento's The Masque of Angels (a Midwest premiere), along with numerous scenes performances. She has trained in a wide variety of music, including voice in classical and music theatre styles, as well as piano, trombone, and F horn. A versatile performer, Ms. McCormick's most recent stage appearances also include operetta, music theatre, and theatre shows: The Mikado, Beauty and the Beast, A Piece of My Heart (for which she learned to play guitar), and (again) Hansel and Gretel. Ms. McCormick has sung solo recitals at North Park University, Carthage College, and for the Victorian Society of America in Chicago. She has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Music Institute of Chicago's Adult Chorus in both music theatre and operatic concerts.

After completing her Master of Music in Voice Performance degree at North Park University in Chicago, Ms. McCormick has continued her studies with Jeffrey Ray and coach George Tenegal. Important teachers and coaches in her musical career have included Nyela Basney, Dr. A. Kit Bridges, Dr. Corinne Ness, Lorian Stein-Schwaber, and Nancy Henninger. In 2011 she sang in the Classical Singing in New York in June summer program with Joan Olian, Margo Garrett, Donna Gill, and Martin Dubé. Working with Nico and Carol Castel at the 2010 New York Opera Studio was a career-changing experience. In 2003 Carthage College awarded Ms. McCormick one of the largest music scholarships available, along with the prestigious Lincoln Scholarship covering full tuition, room, and board. Ms. McCormick graduated from Carthage College summa cum laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts, All College Honors, Honors in Biology, and Honors in Music (emphasis Music Theatre). While earning her Master's degree, Ms. McCormick worked as a music director, stage director, costume designer, and voice teacher.

Ms. McCormick continues to divide her time between performing, directing, and teaching. She is a teacher of singing at the Music Institute of Chicago and at BooCoo Cultural Center in Evanston. Ms. McCormick, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, also runs a voice studio in Lombard, IL. She teaches many styles of singing, including classical, music theatre, pop, and jazz, for which she integrates Bel Canto technique with the anatomy-informed figures of Estill Voice Training. She has stage directed Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum at the Music Institute of Chicago, and music directed Charlotte's Web for the Skokie Jewish Community Center and A Man of No Importance for Carthage College. Ms. McCormick also accompanied Charlotte's Web on piano for all performances. Ms. McCormick's background in music theatre has also taken her backstage as a crew member, set builder, and costume designer, giving her a truly holistic appreciation for all the components of producing a staged work. Upcoming performances include a showcase of Menotti and Sondheim solo and ensemble excerpts in November. She invites all her supporters to join her fan club at www.jennifer-mccormick.com.