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A.J. Wester

Teaching Area(s)

MM DePaul University
BM Roosevelt University

Courses Taught

Ms. Wester is an active Stage Director and Acting/Voice teacher in the Chicago area. Currently she serves as the Stage Director for the newly created Opera Music Theater Ensemble which is part of the Reneé Flemming Solo Voice initiative program between the Merit School of Music and Lyric Opera of Chicago for teenage singers in the Chicago-land area. She is also on the Voice Faculty of the new ChiArts High School for both the voice and musical theater programs. Ms. Wester was the Stage Director/Vocal Coach for Chicago Opera Theater’s ‘Chicago Opera Theater for Teens' – a paid apprenticeship program sponsored by the City of Chicago with Chicago Opera Theater. She has been active in Music Theater education for teens as well as being the Stage Director of the Summer Musical Theater Workshop with Light Opera Works for four seasons and leading the DePaul Community Music’s Music Theater Workshop for Teens.
Ms. Wester recently returned from St. Petersburg Florida after having directed their season opener of A Little Night Music. Ms. Wester has developed a strong relationship with The St. Petersburg Opera in Florida. She began with their 2009 spring production of La Traviata and the Fall Production of Into the Woods to rave reviews from both audiences and critics alike. Ms. Wester also has led productions at the Bay View Music Festival (The Magic Flute), Intimate Opera (La Traviata and Cosí fan Tutte) and Opera Company Brooklyn (Roméo et Juliette). She will lead the Fall production at Savoayaires in Evanston, IL of three Gilbert and Sullivan one-acts (The Zoo, Eyes and No Eyes and Trial by Jury). Ms. Wester has been an Assistant Director for Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera and San Diego Opera.
As a classical singer, Ms. Wester was a Studio Artist with Utah Opera. She has also appeared as a featured soloist in the Welcome Yule Christmas concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dabeeb in the North American Premiere of Marriages between Zones 3, 4 and 5 by Phillip Glass as well as productions with Chicago Opera Theater, Court Theater, Porchlight Theater, DePaul Opera Theater, Intermezzo Opera in Hartford, CT, American Opera Group, Elgin Opera and multiple productions with Light Opera Works in Evanston, IL. Ms. Wester holds a BM from Roosevelt University and an MM from DePaul University.