Jenks Voice Studio

Brad Jenks is poised to be one of the great teachers of his generation.

Catheryne Shuman

Soprano, Chicago Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera

Brad Jenks is poised to be one of the great teachers of his generation.

Catheryne Shuman

Soprano, Chicago Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera

Brad and Sarah Jenks

Jenks Voice Studio

is Chicago-based Voice Teacher Brad Jenks and Collaborative Pianist & Vocal Coach Sarah Jenks. Both of us are passionate about working with singers to help them sing better, more capably, and joyfully make music. Our experience working with vocalists spans from experienced professionals and Young Artists to the avocational and the beginner. Our focus is to help singers in strategies for heathy vocal practice and development.

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Nathan Gunn, Baritone, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Brad Jenks has a terrific ear for healthy singing. He's been like this for as long as I can remember. This seems to be his gift. But as his knowledge of singing has grown he has also developed the ability to share that gift with others so it doesn't surprise me that he's made the teaching of singing his vocation. I've known Brad for 27 years. I've traveled with him throughout the US and Europe. I've known him as he's worked in a variety of places doing a variety of things and it makes me happy to know that he's now out there in the world teaching young singers what I was taught: that we are all given a vocal gift and it's our job to take care of it the best we can.

Emily Pulley, Soprano, Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera

I met Brad in the summer of 2004 while working as a principal artist at Glimmerglass Opera and was instantly struck by his enthusiastic love of music and sincere desire to help others realize their potential as singers and as human beings. He has a good heart, a creative mind and an instinctive ear, and he will no doubt employ all of them fully in his teaching.

Yvonne Gonzales-Redman, Soprano, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Bregenz Festival

...You will not find a more thoughtful, sincere, and dedicated person than Brad. As a teacher, you can be assured of these qualities combined with a deep respect for the arts and all they encompass. He admires the human voice and has a great deal of enthusiasm for a healthy sound. You can trust that he will do his very best to make you a better, and most importantly, a happier performer.

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The YAP-less Path

Published on January 10th, 2018 by .

I have found myself in conversation more times than I can count with young singers who are at their wit’s end over the issue of YAPs (Young Artist Programs). Auditioning for them, the expense for fees and travel, the rejection in the form of the charmingly termed PFOs (Please F*** Off), the wondering what went wrong, and what on earth to focus on in the interim until next year’s round of auditions. And finally, there is the lingering question of, “what if I am getting too old to be accepted into a young artist program…..”

YAPs truly are a wonderful development. To read stories about older generation singers striving to get an audience, being lucky enough to be a select student of a highly respected and connected voice teacher, succeeding in open call auditions, or just gaining the ear of various connected people, almost by chance; one comes away grateful that an organized system to help foster (and filter) has become such a mainstay in our musical community.

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