Ben St John is an educator and vocalist based in Chicago, Illinois. He is originally from Rockford, Illinois and holds degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance from Indiana University. Ben is a versatile vocalist, performing many genres of music including jazz, pop, musical theater, and opera. Some of his past roles have been Tony in West Side Story, Marco in The Gondoliers, Street Singer in Bernstein’s Mass, and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes. He has performed roles with Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater, Starlight Theater, and as a soloist with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. For the past two years, he worked as the director of choral activities and beginning piano instructor at Fishers High School as a part of one of the top performing arts programs in Indiana. His ensembles received multiple awards including Best Vocals, Best Visuals, and Grand Champion at their competitions as well as being named state finalists in both Concert Choir and Show Choir. Ben’s students have gone on to study music at schools such as University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Ball State University, and Xavier University. He also worked with Theatre Fishers as their vocal director for Mamma Mia! and Legally Blonde. As an educator, Ben believes in a student-centered approach. He helps his students foster artistic expression, technique, and confidence by creating a safe space for all to explore their instrument. He is thrilled at the opportunity to join the Lessons by Brooke team, and is looking forward to teaching more incredible musicians here in the Chicago area.
"The two musicians that inspire me the most are jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and operatic soprano Leontyne Price. Their ability to communicate text, technical mastery of their instrument, and overall level of artistry is unmatched. I listen to both of them every day. They remind me why I love music and motivate me to be a better musician and teacher."