Crystal is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. During her time at Wesleyan, she sang with the Collegiate Choir and performed mainstage operatic roles including Monica in Menotti’s The Medium and most recently Angelina in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. In addition to mainstage roles, Crystal has had the pleasure of premiering multiple student composed works and participating in various vocal ensembles. Crystal is a 2017 recipient of the David Nott Choral Award and a 2019 winner of the Annual Henry Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria Competition.
Outside of Wesleyan, Crystal has performed locally with Prairie Fire Theatre Company as Marie in Most Happy Fella and with their traveling opera theatre for kids. Throughout her studies, Crystal developed a love of diverse song repertoire and of voice teaching. In 2016, she co-established the student chapter of NATS at Wesleyan and help facilitate multiple masterclasses, lectures, and competition opportunities for the music students at IWU. She has been teaching students since 2017 and is thrilled to grow her studio. Crystal believes that music lessons teach not only musicality, but allows students to become independent, motivated, and inquisitive learners of all disciplines! Lessons with Crystal are tailored to each individual to ensure that all goals and needs of music instruction fit their expectations while providing a fun and supportive environment.
“My favorite piece to perform is “Come Scoglio” from Mozart’s Così fan tutte. I started learning this piece when I was studying in Milan, Italy, with native singers so I had the chance to really learn the nuances of the language. The aria is powerful and commanding and it allows me to live out my opera diva dreams!”
We love Lessons By Brooke! My daughter has greatly improved and has enjoyed the lessons via Zoom just as much as in our home. It really helped to be able to continue with this routine.