We are so fortunate to have two incredible voice teachers on the OLCHS Choral Staff who provide one-on-one private voice lessons during the school day.
Meet our voice teachers...
Cole Seaton, Lyric Tenor, is a full time performer, singer and educator. Cole has been a professional member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus for over 20 years has held the post Tenor Section Leader for 8 of those years. He has had a long association with the CSO Education and Community Outreach programs at both the South Shore Cultural Center and Symphony Center in Chicago. For the past 12 years, Cole has sat as a governing member of the National Board of Governors for AGMA, The American Guild of Musical Artists, a national union which represents professional singers, soloists, choristers, ballet dancers and stage directors in Chicago and across the United States. Mr. Seaton is also a tenor soloist and section leader at the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago on Michigan Ave. and he also sings for Chicago Sinai Congregation also in downtown Chicago.
Cole received his formal education and undergraduate training in vocal and opera performance at the Cleveland Institute/Conservatory of Music and has appeared as tenor soloist in both local and national television and radio broadcasts. He has been a soloist with numerous orchestras, choral groups, opera and theater companies throughout the United States and abroad.
A respected vocal instructor, Cole maintains voice studios in downtown Chicago, at Niles North High School in Skokie, at Evanston Township High School and here at Oak Lawn Community High School. He often adjudicates the Chicago Public Schools solo and ensemble competitions and ILMEA, the Illinois Music Educators Association. As an aficionado of Jazz, Mr. Seaton has performed as a soloist with the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet and was the founder and lead singer of his own Cocalida Jazz Ensemble in Cleveland, Ohio. Cole has appeared in dozens of musical theater productions around the country and as an active Art Song, Lieder and solo recitalist he’s performed in numerous venues throughout Chicago and Illinois and at the beautiful Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. Other solo recitals include appearances at Chiesa Nuova in Chicago and at First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, Missouri, as well as in St. Paul, Minnesota, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah, among other venues. Cole has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York City over a half a dozen times as well as on tour and each summer at the Ravinia Music Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. Mr. Seaton also sang on the 2010 recording of Verdi’s Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus which won two Grammy Awards in 2011 for both Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album.
Mr. Seaton’s Sounds of the Season Holiday Carolers and other groups that he directs and represents can be heard around the Chicagoland area throughout the holidays and for any type of event. Feel free to visit his website at ColeSeatonMusic.com
Kay Rutherford is a lyric soprano whose dynamic voice is as colorful as it is expressive. She is equally at home with classical repertoire and musical theater styles, especially comedic characters.
Ms. Rutherford is an International performing artist recently premiering at the Shaw Theater in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion with Chamber Opera Chicago. The show has toured Great Britain for four consecutive years and has performed in over a dozen U.K. cities.
With Chamber Opera Chicago she has previously appeared locally as Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice: A Musical, a featured artist in Te Amo and The Menotti Tribute, and has also appeared in productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hansel and Gretel, Vanessa, and Carmen. She has performed in recital on such stages as New York’s Alice Tully Hall and the Odilien Institut in Graz, Austria. Ms. Rutherford sang the role of Jennie in the Midwest premiere of Ronald Perera’s The Yellow Wallpaper with the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She also performed as Jezibaba in the Opera for the Young touring production of Rusalka. Her artistry has been recognized in competition as the recipient of the Dorothy Darr Foundation Scholarship and as a semi-finalist in the renowned Meistersinger Competition in Austria.
Ms. Rutherford is an esteemed and respected faculty member at the Glencoe Academy of Music. She holds her MM from Roosevelt University in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, and BM from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Rutherford uses a natural approach to enhance the singing abilities of her students, giving each a unique vocal technique that can be applied to most singing styles. Many of her students have continued their studies in notable colleges and universities around the country in genres of Jazz, Musical Theater, and Classical.
Aside from music, Ms. Rutherford recently began a career in Early Intervention Speech Therapy.