Singing is beneficial for both body and soul. Not only is it fun, but it has been shown that singing, like any creative endeavor, increases neuroplasticity in the brain.


As we explore the text of a song, we learn something about ourselves and others, giving us the gifts of empathy and openness.


Studies have shown that singing, especially with others, improves our mood and lowers stress and anxiety.


We know that everyone can benefit from singing, but why take lessons? No matter your musical background or experience, all can learn to improve their singing, learn about different musical genres and styles, and feel more confident and gain presence in all aspects of life.



You could argue that the voice is man’s first musical instrument! If you can speak, you can sing. Vocalizing / singing has been a part of every culture for hundreds of years, with styles that often reflect the individual language and dialect of the culture from which it springs. Sung text seems to elevate both the singer and the audience in a way that is completely unique.

Singing has been used to tell stories, to worship, to woo, and, we believe, to heal the soul. Singing with a group can reduce loneliness by bringing together like-minded people engaged in the same activity. It can reduce stress and anxiety, boost confidence, and possibly even strengthen the immune system and cardiovascular health.

Bel Canto Academy offers both private and group lessons for children and private lessons for adults.


Comprehensive and Tailored

Every voice is unique, and our voice faculty will create a singing/voice lesson program based on your vocal range, experience, and musical interests. Private voice lessons are available to students above age 8, with a variety of musical genres explored based on the student’s interest.

Beginning students can expect to start with fundamentals such as learning proper posture, healthy breath management, and vocalization. More advanced and experienced students will expect to achieve proficiency in advanced vocal technique, musical notation and rhythm, diction and languages, and song interpretation.

Passionate and Qualified Faculty
Convenient Location
Private and Group Lessons
Performance Opportunities
Special Needs and Early Childhood Music Education

Voice Faculty


Sladjana Saric

Voice Teacher
Sladjana Saric is the founder and director of Bel Canto Music Academy with both master's and bachelor's degrees in Flute Performance from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia. She is an accomplished opera singer and concert performer in both Europe and the United States, and is currently a member of the Grammy-winning Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Lakeside Singers. Sladjana earned her Master’s in Vocal Performance from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia, and she earned a specialization degree in Vocal Performance from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary in the class of opera star Eva Marton.

Audrey Daum

Voice Teacher
Audrey Daum is an in-demand singer and actor throughout the Chicago area. She began her musical life at the piano enjoying success competitions including a win at the MTNA national youth piano competition, but found her calling on the stage. She achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Theater from the Wheaton Conservatory and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in voice. She has been the student of master-teacher Denise Gamez for eight years. In 2016 she made her opera debut as Susannah in Il Nozze di Figaro at the Miami Summer Music Festival under the direction of opera star Manny Perez. She most recently performed the role of Guilietta in E il Capuleti e il Montecchi by Belinni at Michigan’s Up North Opera Theater. Audrey has taught voice for six years and considers her student’s success as an integral part of her professional work. Her teaching focuses on healthy technique and creative artistry no matter the musical style and she loves to tailor her lessons to the unique strengths and goals of each student. Audrey also performs frequently as an actor on Chicago stages like Arena Theater, Dear Stone and the Chicago Shakespeare Festival.
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Kelsey Faith Grotkiewicz

Voice Teacher
Kelsey Faith Grotkiewicz is a Chicago singer with a Bachelor’s in Music from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Kelsey began her musical career studying with Dr. Mark Alan Stingley, continuing at university with Professor Dawn Harris. In 2016, Kelsey was one of two emerging musicians who received the Ikenberry Fine Arts Award. Kelsey also performed with university and local opera companies. Some of her performances were L’incoronazione di Poppea, La púrpura de la rosa, and King Arthur.
For the last two years Kelsey participated in Professor W. Steven Smith’s intensive vocal program, the Naked Voice Institute at Northwestern University. During the institutes she performed scenes from L’incoronazione di Poppea and Idomeneo.
Kelsey has been teaching since 2017. Currently Kelsey studies with Professor Smith and Dr. Stingley. She continues to perform and teach in the Chicago area.

Bel Canto’s Private Music Lessons (all ages)

Bel Canto Music Academy offers exceptional private music lessons to students of all ages
and levels. Students work on the fundamentals of reading music, proper technique,
rhythm and pitch in various genres of music to develop their prociency. Our experienced
teachers will help determine the level of the student and align instruction with their
individual musical interest

Bel Canto Voices – Group Voice Lessons for Children Aged 6-10

Prepare your young vocalist to light up the stage with Bel Canto Voices! This group singing class is a unique and unparalleled experience for children ages 6-10. Exploring a variety of genres, students will learn about basic melodic intervals, matching pitch, and dynamics (volume). Students will engage the whole body to create a beautiful sound with an entertaining presentation for voice lessons in a group setting. Enrollment is determined by audition.


Learning and performing together enables students to experience the joy of singing together as well as individually, enhancing the development of the whole child.

Bel Canto — Early Childhood Music Classes

The unique Bel Canto Seasons curriculum developed by our faculty emphasizes a variety of genres including world, contemporary, jazz and classical music. Live instrument demonstrations are integrated into classes along with lesson plans that align with performances of the Burr Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Burr Ridge Ballet and Burr Ridge Metropolitan Opera, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and other local ensembles.

Our wonderful baby music classes, toddler music classes, and pre-school music classes are truly a well rounded approach to understanding musical comparatives and enhance development of the whole child. There is a lot of movement in our children’s music classes and the lessons actively follow through the seasons of the year and holidays of all cultures!

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