Nicole Besa (Chamberlin)

Nicole B.

Chicago, IL
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About

Nicole passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Nicole delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2010

Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Combined with her training and professional experience, Nicole teaches singers to switch gracefully between multiple styles. She practices what she preaches: one night she might be singing Beyoncé, and the next morning she might be singing Handel's Messiah!

Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor), Michael Fennely (Carnegie Hall), Wei-En Hsu (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), and Candace Evans (Santa Fe Opera). Nicole earned her Associates in Theatre from Brigham Young University ('12) and went on to acquire her BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University ('14). Nicole obtained additional training from Boston University, Elon University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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Experience

Opera singing as Nedda in Pagliacci
Dec 2016 - Present
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is known for their exquisite and stellar productions of Opera, and is a staple of artistic culture in Iowa.

Winner of an International Competition
May 2016 - Present
CS Magazine Convention

I am a four-time winner of the CS Magazine Convention in Classical singing and Musical Theatre singing. I can teach you how to switch from any style you want with your voice in a healthy, efficient, and graceful manner!

Pop and R&B soloist
Jan 2014 - Present
Bluewater Kings

As a pop and R&B soloist, I get to take center stage as the life of the party! My band sings at weddings, corporate events, and other private parties where people are looking for a live band experience with killer vocals.

Singing in French in New York
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
Metropolitan International Music Festival

As a prize from a competition, I sang French Opera in New York for the summer with some of the most top coaches and directors of the nation.

In the Broadway hit The King and I
Apr 2016 - Jun 2016
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Singing in one of the nations top opera houses in the country was one of the greatest experiences of my life! It has opened many doors for me since then, and is a show I will cherish forever!

Education

Young Artist Program
Dec 2016 - Present
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
International Scholar Winner
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
Metropolitan International Music Festival
International Scholar Participant
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
Tiroler Opern Programm
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Illinois Wesleyan University
Associates in Theatre Arts
Aug 2010 - May 2012
Brigham Young University
Theatre Institute Certificate
Jul 2008 - Aug 2008
Boston University

Languages

French
Professional Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency
Latin
Professional Proficiency
Tagalog
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Alba Emoting Method
Dec 2011
University of Alaska Anchorage

Created by Susana Bloch, the Alba Emoting Method is used often by performers to access emotions through breathing patterns, facial expressions, and posture patterns.

Alba Emoting Method
Jan 2010
University of Alaska Anchorage

Awards

Classical Semifinalist
Jun 2016
CS Convention
Musical Theatre Winner
Jun 2016
CS Convention
FAME Finalist
Feb 2016
F.A.M.E. Organization
Musical Theatre Semi-Finalist
May 2014
National Classical Singer Competition
Classical Finalist
May 2014
National Classical Singer Competition

Affiliations

American Guild of Musical Artists
Jan 2016

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Delta Omicron
Dec 2012

Delta Omicron is a co-ed international professional music honors fraternity whose mission is to promote and support excellence in music and musicianship.

Photos & Videos

a Filipino art song about a mysterious water nymph and muse of Love!
a folk song from the musical Bridges of Madison County
A Broadway classic from The Apple Tree!
Til there was you-- a classic love song from The Music Man!
Here is a sample of pop covers from live shows and rehearsals. Enjoy!
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Hikari M. Aug 23, 2017
Broadway Singing · In studio

Nicole is a very professional, dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. Not limited to Broadway singing, she's very knowledgeable about many different methods of singing and can teach various techniques based on how you want to showcase your voice. She's extremely caring and makes sure her students can take something from her lesson each time. Wish I could give her 10 stars!!!

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