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Karen Wicklund



A workshop for singers, public school and private voice teachers

Saturday, January 28, 2006, 1:00-5:00 P.M.

Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 941
Chicago, IL 60605

I. Presenters
II. Workshop Overview & Schedule
III. Biographies
IV. Sponsoring Organizations
V. Fees & Registration


Karen Wicklund, D.M., Voice Technician and Singer's Wellness Specialist, Chicago Center for Professional Voice, and Coordinator of Music Theater Voice at Western Michigan University

Gayle Bisesi, B.M., Jazz, pop and classical vocalist, vocal coach at Bloom School of Jazz, Chicago

Sabina L. Lilly, B.M., Jazz, pop and classical vocalist, Davenport's Piano Bar and Fitzgerald's in Chicago; St. Martha Parish, Morton Grove.

Gaye Klopack, M.A., Choral Music Director, Jones Academic Magnet High School, Chicago, pop, jazz, and classical vocalist

Mary Ann Krupa, M.M., Pianist for Master Class. Faculty, Vandercook School of Music, Music Director for CAST, Oak Park Village Players, Wisdom Bridge Theater

Susan May, 14-year old jazz singer, one of the Oprah show’s “World’s Most Talented Children”

Western Michigan University’s Music Theater Singers:
Liam Quealy, Baritone and Hannah Schubkegel, Soprano


Workshop Overview:

Due to the overwhelming popularity of Broadway shows, more and more opera companies (including the Lyric Opera of Chicago) are adding music theater works to their subscription series. Today's classically trained singers need to be flexible and versatile if they want work in both opera and music theater venues. And, many voice students of all ages want to learn both classical and belting styles. This workshop for teachers and singers will address the topics of the acoustics and techniques of classical and belt voice, healthy methods of belt voice extension and methods for mixing and "crossing over," and vocal health and hygiene for theater singing. Selected registrants (the first five received, with two alternates) will be chosen to present a music theater or pop song in a closing master class segment.

Workshop Schedule:

12:00-1:00 pm

Chicago Center for Professional Voice

1:00-2:15 pm

Physiology, Acoustics and Techniques of Classical Singing vs. Healthy Belting - lecture/demo: Dr. Wicklund and selected CCPV singers and Western Michigan University Singers

2:15-3:15 pm

Vocal hygiene, singing belting and classical warm-ups-Group lessons using “Someone like you” (Jekkyll and Hyde) Dr. Wicklund

3:15-3:30 pm

Refreshment Break

3:30-5:00 pm

Master Class of selected singers with Dr. Wicklund, Ms. Klopack and Ms. Krupa

Presenter Biographies:

Karen Wicklund, D.M. teaches at the Fine Arts Building where she is director of the Chicago Center for Professional Voice (CCPV), and Coordinator of Music Theater Voice for Western Michigan University. Her Chicago students have sung with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Circle Theater, Marriott Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Theatres, Starlight Theater, Park Ridge Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and others. Dr, Wicklund was chosen as for the NATS Intern program, and was formerly on the voice faculties of University of Nebraska at Omaha, Washington State University and Northwestern University, and has taught the Vocal Mechanism class, MECA classes and applied voice for VanderCook College of Music.

Dr. Wicklund is a health educator and singe5's wellness specialist, and.studies the effects of hormonal changes upon the singing voice, as well as other singer's health issues. Her interest in working with vocally injured singers has led her to create a Therapeutic Protocol for injured singers, used at CCPV and at Western Michigan University. Also holding an undergraduate equivalency in speech pathology, Dr. Wicklund is about to finish her practicum sequence in the graduate SLP program at Governors State University. In 1999 she created a wellness website,, which provides onsite and online resources for singers. Dr. Wicklund has worked as a health educator for MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois, and for the Y-Me National Program in Chicago, and was included in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare in 2000. Her articles have been published in the NATS Journal of Singing, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, American Organist and Liturgy 90.

Past workshops/recitals have brought her to St. Petersburg, Russia, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Miami, New Zealand, and others. With a B.A. in Voice and French Horn from St. Olaf College, M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan, and D.M. from Northwestern University, Dr. Wicklund has also sung leading roles in over 60 American cities including the opera companies of San Francisco, Santa Fe, Lake George, New York, and Omaha. She is also Vice President of Michigan State NATS and a representative of the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council.

Gaye Klopak holds an M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy and has had numerous performances as a soloist in opera and recital in the Chicago area. She has been a member of the Grant Park Chorus, and of the Unified Jazz Ensemble which performed with Oscar Brown, Jr., Clark Terry and Geraldine DeHass. Ms. Kolpack teachers vocal music at Jones Academic Magnet High School in Chicago. Her student William James recently won third place in the Chicago NATS Competition, and her student Michael Porter is singing with L'Opera Piccola.

Mary Ann Krupa holds a B.M. and M.M. in piano performance from the American Conservatory of Music. A student of Irwin Fischer and William Browning, Ms. Krupa has performed extensively in solo and chamber music performances including Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, WFMT, Unity Temple Series, Beverly Art Center. She Served as music director and rehearsal pianist for numerous musicals, including the Goodman School of Drama, CAST, Oak Park Village players, and Wisdom Bridge Theater. She has also accompanied for the William Ferris Chorale, and is the faculty pianist at Vandercook School of Music.

Susan May's second CD "Black Coffee" was recently released with critical acclaim by Downbeat Magazine's Jason Koransky, saying: "she can make your heart melt with her balladry...with 'Black Coffee' May does what any artist should do- she grows and takes her music to a new level." Star of the Oprah Show's "World's Most Talented Children", 14 year-old Susan May has also been featured on WTTW, FOX TV News and the CBS Morning News. Featured performer at the 2004 Chicago Jazz Festival, Susan has also performed at Jazz Showcase, Andy's, Pops for Champagne, and is a member of SAG.

Gayle Bisesi, jazz, pop, and classical vocalist, studio musician and teacher has performed at Fitzgerald's and other venues in Chicago, including "Bending towards the Light", a recent jazz nativity concert. She is currently a voice coach for the Bloom School of Jazz and will begin recording sessions for the "GB Project" in February. Gayle will also be a guest clinician on microphone technique for Vandercook School of Music's MECA class in Healthy Belting, July 2006.

Sabina L. Lilly, holds a B.M. in Commercial Arranging from Berklee College of Music. By day, Sabina works as a church singe5 and soloist at several Chicagoland churches. She was recently a featured soloist at "St. Cecilia Sing!", a concert honoring the Patron Saint of church musicians, at St. Martha Parish in Morton Grove. By night, she sings hazz at various local venues and has recently appeared at Bridgeport Coffee House, The New Apartment Lougne, and Thyme Cafe. She recently performed "Songs for the Season" at Davenport's Piano Bar. Sabina is currently working on "Let the Music Speak," a CD of original jazz-influenced material that will be available in spring of 2006. Please visit to join Sabina's e-mail list and to be notified of the completion of the CD.


Dedicated to providing vocal technique and wellness instruction and referrals to rehabilitation and medical services for singers and other professional voice users, The Chicago Center for Professional Voice is based in the Fine Arts Building studio of Dr. Karen Wicklund, Singer's Wellness Specialist. The Chicago Center for Professional Voice and Dr. Wicklund also maintain a website for singers and professional voice users,, and provide educational workshops and consulting services for individuals, corporations, healthcare organizations and educational institutions in Chicago and throughout the world.


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