About Miss Vera
Vera Bowser Schmitz is an American soprano with a degree in Vocal Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Though originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, she has spent the last 15 years in the Chicagoland area pursuing her education and working professionally as a musician and educator. Vera became a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus in 2010, singing Berlioz’s Lelio, the Cherubini Requiem, Verdi’s Othello, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, as well as their tour to New York’s Carnegie Hall in her first year. Currently, she sings for a broadcast church, and gives solo recitals outside of her work as a private voice, piano, flute and saxophone teacher. www.verabower.com
- Private 22-minute lessons will be scheduled during the school day and held in a practice room.
- The fee is $15.00/lesson. Several payment options are available.
- Lessons will focus on developing and strengthening vocal technique, musicianship and sight-reading.
- A wide variety of genres will be used in lessons, including classical, folk, jazz and musical theater.
- Coaching is available on music for choir, musicals, contests, auditions, etc.
- 25 minute lesson: $15
- Payments are made on a monthly basis, and are due at the beginning of each month.
- Students can sign up for weekly or biweekly lessons.
- An additional $5 will be added to any late payments exceeding a week.
- Payments are accepted in the forms of cash, check (made payable to Vera Schmitz), and Charms student account money.
- If a student is continually late with payments, the instructor will involve the school in retrieving the past amount due.
- The instructor must be notified of all cancelations when the monthly payment is submitted at the first lesson of each month.
- The canceled lesson can be left out of the monthly payment.
- Any lesson that is canceled or not attended after the monthly payment is made will not be reimbursed or credited, unless there is a 24-hour notice given.
It is expected that students practice the material between lessons and bring their music to lessons. Students should also bring a notebook or loose-leaf paper for the instructor to write notes about the lessons.