Carley La Pointe has been performing since age five, progressing from singing in the bathtub to performing in the Kenny Rodgers Holiday Show. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Music Performance. Prior to that, Carley attended Northern Illinois University where she performed in the Northern Illinois Chamber Singers when they were honored in an international music competition in Poznan, Poland in 2002.
Carley has studied with Chicago soprano Diane Ragains and Chicago Irish and Gaelic singer, Kathy Cowan. It is because of Kathy that Carley believes learning is meant to be challenging and fun.
Among the many performances a few hold a special place in Carley’s heart. They include, performing Handel’s Messiah with the St. Charles Singers, Orff’s Carmina Burana with The Elgin Symphony, Ein Deutches Requiem by Brahms with the Northern Illinois Concert Choir, William Byrd’s Mass for four voices with the Northeastern Chamber Singers, Mozart’s Mass in D minor and Respighi’s Laude per la Nativia with the Northeastern Concert Choir. She was also Alto soloist for Handel’s Messiah at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine.
Carley has also enjoyed performing in many large stage productions. Her happiest musical moments have come recently, performing for local events as a soloist and with her two bands: Capone & LaPointe, an acoustic duo of voice and guitar and Wide Open Road, a seven-piece Bluegrass Band.
Carley serves as Music Education Coordinator as well as an instructor. Her theory-based approach to learning music emphasizes technique, note reading and artistry. At each lesson, Carley strives to create a focused and collaborative environment for each student.
“When you develop a good working relationship with a student, the student has a better feeling towards their instrument, practice and study,” said Carley.
“When students put in the work, they will accomplish great things.” For Carley, music is not simply about learning an instrument, but rather a path that will help one become a more thoughtful, focused, committed and creative individual.
First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: I would love to say that it was some wonderful Mozart aria or a Handel Oratorio but if I am being honest, I would have to say Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
Music teacher who inspired me the most: I have been blessed with some wonderful teachers in my life. Kathy Cowan, my good friend and mentor always encourages and challenges me. Also Raeleen Horn for playing “cool” and Ruth Ann Poppen for introducing me to my passion in the first place.
Favorite quote about music: “If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can SING!” -Zimbabwean proverb