image-4-png“Ms. Staley graced our stage with her beautiful performance as the Countess in the Marriage of Figaro.” -Waukegan Sun.

“A voice of power and beauty.” -Jerry Butera, DePaul University.

Barbara Staley has been a member of the Chicago music scene for many years having been heard at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Grant Park Music Festival. Barbara also studied and sang in New York and in Europe.

In her many years of teaching, she has had many successful students, some currently performing at Drury Lane, Ravinia Festival, and the Lyric Opera. Many have received full scholarships to attend colleges such as Northwestern, DePaul, Boston Conservatory, Roosevelt, and many more.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Music from the American Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music in Applied Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at DePaul University. Barbara also holds a post-graduate degree from The American Institute of Music in Graz, Austria. She has been a member of The Lake George Opera Festival and The Des Moines Metro Opera Festival. She has also won many awards in music.

“I love to teach. It is a passion of mine. I love to watch my students grow and achieve. We develop a relationship that consists of a mutual respect and love of music. Looking forward to growing in music!”

First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: So many! I grew up around music as my Mother and Father were both professional singers. I was exposed to opera as a very young child and performed in my first opera when I was four. I love Handel, Bach, Puccini, Verdi and so many more.

Music teacher who inspired me the most: I’ve had many wonderful teachers and coaches. Maestro Barrachi at La Scala gave me my first real idea about technique. Winifred Brown has been a great mentor. Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi were also great coaches.

How I am making the world a better place: Working with and encouraging my students to work as hard as they can. The harder you work now the more payoff you will see in the end.

Favorite quote about music: “Music expresses that which can not be spoken and that which cannot be kept silent.” -Victor Hugo