• Susan Huizinga

    Susan has worked with Bellissima Opera’s school outreach programs and logistics for the launch of Tales of Transcendence and the premiere of Future Perfect as production manager and creative consultant. Susan received both her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Master’s degree in industrial relations from Michigan State University. After many years of volunteering […]

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  • Louise Gale

    Lou Galeki has been performing for five decades! Recent performances include Broadway Broads at Davenport’s, Chicago Cabaret Professionals’ productions of Merry Measures and Strut Your Stuff. She joined the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion’s Tour de France in 2019. She is a concert producer and wardrobe mistress for Working In Concert, and heads her own theater […]

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  • Paul Geiger

    Paul is Working In Concert’s master carpenter, videographer, lyricist. Trained as a bass-baritone, he has performed throughout the United States. With Chicago Opera Theater, he sang principal roles in The Marriage of Figaro, The Turk in Italy and Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Mustafa in The Italian Girl in Algiers. With Des Moines Metro […]

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  • Craig Weissman, C.P.A.

    Craig is a C.P.A. with experience in auditing, tax, and business consulting. Craig received a Master of Taxation, with distinction, from DePaul University. He is an adjunct professor at Oakton Community College, teaching classes in taxation. Craig is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. He is […]

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  • Kimberly Mann

    Dr. Mann is a social worker who works with infants and toddlers in the child welfare system. She currently serves as Deputy Director of Research and Child Well-Being at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Kim has been involved in choirs since her undergraduate days at the University of Illinois in Urbana where […]

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  • Cappy Kidd

    As secretary of the board, Cappy is the go-to person for fund-raising, outreach and logistics for Working In Concert. Cappy is principal of Informed Energy Decisions, an environmental services and engineering consulting firm. As a certified energy manager and independent consultant, he advises commercial and institutional building owners and managers, including supervising LED lighting retrofitting. […]

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  • Claudia Hommel

    Executive director and treasurer of Working in Concert, Claudia directs the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion, SongShop workshops and concert productions. Claudia received her Master’s in Library Science from Wayne State University and founded the archives of the Detroit Institute of Arts prior to pursuing a full-time career on stage, first in New York City, then […]

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  • Christine Steyer

    Through Bellissima Opera Outreach, an organization she founded, Christine Steyer brings classical music to local youth in under-served areas. Steyer is president of Working In Concert, as well as artistic director of Bellissima Opera. Bellissima’s primary project is Tales of Transcendence, a new opera suite by composer David Shenton. Christine was featured on WFMT’s program […]

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  • Barbara Smith

    Board member Barbara works on logistics and communications for Working In Concert. Retired from AT&T where  she was responsible for Sales and Customer Service training, Barb has taught at Loyola University and Harper College. She holds a Master’s degree in English and is a certified instructor for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. As a singer, Barb’s repertoire […]

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  • Operas premiere in 2021/2022

    Tales of Transcendence: Intimate operas celebrating stories of everyday people who, as individuals and groups, have transcended the human divide.  Working In Concert’s Bellissima Opera will premiere live in June 2022, in Chicago. FUTURE PERFECT (a full length opera) co-created with 1,300 Chicago area youth. This opera tells the adventures of Miranette, an intuitive and curious girl on a journey […]

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    WHOLE NOTES – Music of Healing and PeaceAired on 98.7 WFMT on December 13, 2019 This 60-minute program, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Christine Steyer and others, features music in response to gun violence in our cities. Steyer and pianist Marta Johnson perform the aria “Red is a Trick” from Bellissima’s upcoming opera, Future Perfect by David Shenton, lyrics […]

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