Bethany Abrahamson '97 - Voice

Academy voice teacher smiling wearing a blue necklace and black top.Bethany Abrahamson is a graduate of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music having earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. She has performed with a myriad of ensembles and performance troupes over the past two decades, including the Florentine Opera Chorus, Off the Wall Theatre, Master Singers of Milwaukee, Attic Theatre, Riverside Players, UW Fox Theatre, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, and First Congregational UCC-Appleton. She was also employed as a music engraver at Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, the world’s largest sheet music publisher.

For the past 20 years, Bethany has taught private voice lessons from home and at various other locations including Cascio Music in New Berlin, Appleton West High School, and Appleton East High School. In addition to private lessons Bethany has served as a music director for student programs and productions such as First-Act Summer Camp with Falls Patio Players in Menomonee Falls, Annie Jr with the Xavier Theatre Academy, and Shrek at Appleton North High School. She has also provided vocal direction for adult cast members in local theatrical productions such as UW Fox Theatre’s productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Hairspray, as well as The Pajama Game and Guys on Ice with Riverside Players in Neenah. Her direction expanded into the realm of choral directing in 2012 when she served as Interim Choral Director at Zion Lutheran Church of Appleton.

Currently Bethany serves as both Music Director and Choral Conductor for Christmas Stars and the Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play for the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System in Appleton. In addition to conducting the adult choir she also creates professional performance tracks for their productions, as well as arranging and composing original music for both the adults and children’s choruses.

Philip Baruth '96 - Voice

Carol Jegen '70 - Voice

smiling teacher wearing green and black in front of blue backgroundCarol Jegen has been teaching voice for over 35 years. Many of her students have gone on to performing careers in opera and musical theatre, as well as the profession of music teacher. She is the director of the Academy's summer musical theatre workshops and has directed many musicals and straight plays for Attic Theatre, a community theatre since 1950. Ms. Jegen has appeared in concert, recital, opera and musicals throughout Wisconsin. She received the Hanns Kretzchmarr Award in 2007 for Excellence in the Arts from the Community Foundation and in 2012 she received the Zoe Cloak Award from Attic Theatre for Outstanding Achievement and Service to Attic Theatre. She is a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and her students have placed well in state-wide auditions. 

Ms. Jegen received her Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence Conservatory of Music of Lawrence University and continued her studies in Wiesbaden, Germany where she was a student with Anna Stefan-Langler and Rose-Marie Stoye. She was also a student of Olga Ryss and Bernard Taylor in New York, and received the Performer's Certificate from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, as a student of Lee Dougherty. She participated as a student in the Blossom Music Festival, of Kent, Ohio and Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. As a soloist, she has performed with the Lawrence University Haydn Creation, Green Bay's Sebastian Chamber Orchestra's Mozart Tribute, the Green Bay Opera Production of The Magic Flute, The Fox Valley Symphony's Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music and numerous pops concerts and the Green Lake Festival under Sir David Willcocks. She performed for several years with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Christmas production, as well as appearing as a guest soloist for A Night in Old Prague with a selection of arias by Czech composers.
In addition to her private studio in Appleton and private lessons through the Academy, Ms. Jegen has taught voice at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, and participated in Master Classes with sopranos Regina Resnik, Phyllis Bryn-Julsson, Margaret Harshaw. As a chorister she has sung with Robert Shaw, Robert Page, Margaret Hillis, Gregg Smith, Robert De Cormier, and was a member in NYC of the New York Kantorei, which specialized in performing music of the 15th through 18th centuries. She is a founding member of the White Heron Chorale, of the Fox Valley, newly changed to the name newVoices, and has performed regularly as a soloist as well as chorister and stage director.

"Singing is the closest we can get to flight: we touch someone else's heart by traveling on air, using nothing but our own bodies. It is the most personal of instruments for emotional transformation."
- Carol Jegen

Keira Jett '18 - Voice

Keira Jett graduated from Lawrence University with dual degrees in Voice Performance and Gender Studies. During her time at Lawrence, she featured as a soloist in works such as Handel's Messiah and Hailstork's "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes." Her scholarly focus continues to be on equitable communities and the connective power of the arts. She has performed with the Sphinx Organization's Exigence Vocal Ensemble and worked closely with the Center for Deep Listening in Troy, NY. In 2018, Keira co-created and premiered the song cycle "A Mother's Love" with composer Evan Williams, exploring the history of American slavery, family separation, and abolition.

At the Academy, Keira has previously served as a student teacher and a Girl Choir ensemble manager, and she has found great joy working with the summer music camps. Her background in clarinet and cello fostered a great love of music theory and many differing genres of music. Outside the Academy, Keira is working with the Boys and Girls Club to facilitate safe spaces for young people to create art and music. She is exploring a love of pop and musical theatre in addition to classical singing, and she is working with a small treble ensemble to challenge the boundaries between genres and explore the healing, connective power of singing.