Julie is glad to be back with The Lakeside Singers! She holds vocal performance degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University (BM) and Manhattan School of Music (MM). In her career, she has sung with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble (soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah), recently toured with Chamber Opera Chicago as Mrs. Clay in Persuasion (England, NYC tours), and has performed in plays and musicals with Metropolis Performing Arts Center and Fox Valley Repertory. Most recently, Julie appeared in the ensemble of Paramount Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd. She is a founding member of a modern commedia dell’arte group, Troupe Strozzi (www.troupestrozzi.org), and shakes it on a regular basis as a licensed Zumba® instructor in the Western Suburbs (juliebayer.zumba.com).
Josie Falbo has been one of Chicago’s busiest and most frequently heard studio singers. She has been heard on countless commercials including Mc Donald’s, Mr. Clean, Sara Lee, Oscar Mayer, Green Giant, United, Old Style, Bud Lite, Kellogg’s, Pizza Hut and Wrigley’s, as well as international commercials such as Ariel in Italy and Marlboro in Japan. Having won a voice scholarship in high school and in college and performing solo at the Lyric Opera House as a result, Josie went on to use her multi-range voice not only in the classical idiom, but in pop and jazz styles as well. She has sung back-up for many diverse artists including: Celine Dion, Yolanda Adams, Richard Marx, Enrique Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Ben Vereen, Angie Bofill, Della Reese, Vic Damone, Ann Jillian, Carol Channing, Nancy Wilson, the Chi-Lites, Dennis De Young (Styx), Tyrone Davis and Walter Jackson. Josie can also be heard on the re-recorded sequences of the restored Orson Welles classic film, “Othello”. In 2006, she was the proud recipient of the Da Vinci award for Performing Arts given each year by the Order Sons of Italy national organization. osie continues to keep busy singing in the studio, live with orchestras for various concerts, club dates and events, and cantoring at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago, and church functions and services in the surrounding area. Her latest CD is called "Taylor Street" and can be purchased at www.josiefalbo.net.
Jill has a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul Univ. and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt Univ. She has performed with many different opera companies and choruses, including Chamber Opera Chicago, Light Opera Works, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Halevi Choral Society and the Lakeside Singers. Jill is the founder of MoonFlower Music Together and LifeMotifs Music Enrichment teaching music to both children and older adults. She is also a member of the cabaret series, 3Broads, with fellow Lakesiders, Lisa Bowker & Angel Barrett Underhill.
Allison has been singing and performing on the Chicago music scene for over 10 years. She attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University earning her bachelor’s degree in music education and jazz voice. As a versatile performer, Allison lends her talents to many Chicago-area bands including The Oh Yeahs, Hood Smoke and Greenlight, performing nationwide in venues big and small. She has sung with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and performs with the Caroling Party. Allison’s stage credits include Miss Saigon at Drury Lane Oakbrook and The Daughter of Beijing at the former Theatre Building in Chicago. When Allison is not on stage, you can find her in the classroom teaching elementary general music. She has been teaching for five years and currently teaches at Hickory Point Elementary School in Northbrook, IL. Allison has also taught private piano and voice lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Cavya Sharma is an emerging professional and recently earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Northern Illinois University, where she was heavily involved with the Concert and Chamber Choirs as well as the Opera Workshop program. She has sung as a soloist in Benjamin Britten’s, “Rejoice in the Lamb”, among other major choral works, and performed roles such as Papagena in Mozart’s, “Die Zauberflöte”, and Ms. Pinkerton in Menotti’s, “Old Maid and the Theif”. Cavya also teaches voice privately at Music Matters School of Music in Batavia and performs in musicals and plays with the Just Passing By Theatre Company.
Angel is a singer/songwriter who lives with her husband, daughter and two cats in Pilsen--the best Chicago neighborhood ever! She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and has performed in a variety of shows like West Side Story and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? at the old Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park, and Play On! based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at The Goodman. Recently, she and her fellow Lakesiders — Jill Greenman and Lisa Bowker — created and performed in a new cabaret called 3Broads on Relationships. In her spare time Angel enjoys metalsmithing, writing poetry, and visiting the cupcake ATM.