Hello! My name is Ms. Kelsey. I am a professional opera singer and language teacher. I have taught German, French, English, Geography and Musical Science classes for the past 10 years both online and in person. While performing opera and teaching music, I lived in Germany, Austria, France, The Netherlands, England and Croatia, and traveled to 45 countries.
I have studied French, German and Italian, as well as the pronunciations of Czech, Russian, Dutch and Thai (for performing Opera). I have a Master’s of Music from Northwestern University, and Bachelor’s of Music in Opera Performance from Northwestern University with a minor in German & French, and a certificate in Religious Studies.
For my language and Musical Science classes, I use music, dancing, singing and games to make sure that each child enjoys their language-learning experience. For my Geography classes, I use pictures, stories and as many fun facts as possible to draw in each student so they can learn the material in the way that suits them best.
I look forward to meeting – and singing! – with you and your children in the classroom!
I grew up going to church with my family, but only out of obligation – and because I didn’t get a donut if I didn’t go. As I got older, I became more curious as to why – why did we go to church? Why do we pray? Why are we HERE? I started to ask questions of people from all faiths: What does religion mean for you? How has your spiritual path changed as you got older? I had yet to connect to my personal path, but as I saw how God and a Christian lifestyle was so important to my family and my friends, I knew I had to continue to study, ask questions, to explore this side of our humanity.
I found my path when I was asked to sing a solo in front of my congregation. I was 11 years old and didn’t know the song, but our music director helped to teach me the words and the tune, one line at a time. It was a beautiful journey, but stressful and powerful at the same time. This was becoming a big part of me, but I didn’t quite know how big…not yet, at least.
A week (and many, many rehearsals) later, I stood up to sing my song in front of 300 people. My mom was beaming in the audience, my Dad giving me encouraging nods, and all my friends equally excited to hear me sing as they were for donuts afterward. The music started. I took a breath in, and…nothing. No words. No notes. No sound came out at all. I couldn’t breathe. I felt faint. Something was itchy and my head was spinning. I couldn’t even see – the sun was bright in my eyes, beaming in through the stained glass windows. With that momentary burst of light, I saw hope. I saw Him. I felt his love and his embrace. I saw my starting lyrics and took a breath. As I sang each verse, I felt a warm sensation of acceptance and His power to guide me on the right path. I eventually went to Northwestern University’s School of Music and continued on to perform in England, Germany, France, Croatia and the US, including at the Chicago Lyric Opera.
I try to live every day as He guides in this very first song that started my faith – and my musical journey – “Be Not Afraid”
I have loved and will always love music, as this helped guide me to connect with God, my parents and myself. I try to use as much music and song in my classes as possible to encourage young minds to also explore their musical journeys. While singing, I discovered a love of travel, andI have explored 45 countries. My husband loves to go with when he can, but I travel solo 90% of the time. I have climbed Machu Picchu, sang in German opera houses, found a stray kitten in Croatia (who is now very fat and well traveled), learned three languages, explored the ancient walled city of Carcassonne in France, toured the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, taken a 1,500 mile solo road trip through England and the Cotswolds, visited over 500 churches and cathedrals, met the most amazing, incredible travelers and locals, and learned how to open my eyes to new cultures, trust myself (and Google Translate), have Faith in God’s path for me. I look forward to celebrating this amazing journey of lifelong learning with your family and your children.