Ms. Jennifer Conrad-Proulx holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. A native of Milwaukee, she received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is an alumni of Pius XI High School, where she began her own vocal study at the age of 14.
Jennifer opened her voice studio in 2001 and has since served on the voice faculty at the All Newton Music School in Newton, MA and the Community Music School in Buffalo, NY as well as Allen Hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Her students have placed in statewide NATS auditions, were winners of Tommy Awards, performed in state and honors choirs, and have been accepted into performance groups such as the Christian Youth Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), First Stage Theater (Milwaukee, WI), Maine Repertory Theater (Biddeford, ME), Wheelock Family Theater (Boston, MA), Boston Children's Theater (Boston, MA) and Boston Children's Chorus (Boston, MA).
Alumni of her studio have been accepted into colleges across the United States, including but not limited to: the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, Georgetown University, and Carthage College.
Jennifer works with her students to instill a solid vocal technique that may be applied to various styles including opera, musical theater, classical art song, jazz and contemporary music. She also helps students become a more confident performer through performance preparation.
Jennifer remains an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Through NATS she was one of fourteen national award winners of the 2016 Joan Frey Boytim Award for Independent Teachers. In 2020 she also joined the Speakeasy Cooperative.
She was a founding member of the Friends of UWM Opera Theatre, a volunteer based organization formed to support UWM opera productions through scholarship, community outreach, financial assistance, and volunteer activities in order to advance the educational and artistic vision of the UWM Opera Theatre department.