Teachers at the Old Town School

Deanne Turim


Deanne Turim is a professional musical theatre performer, graduating with a theatre degree from Northwestern University, and a year of theatre studies in London, England. She also holds a M. B. A. from Loyola University.

Deanne specializes in training the singer in Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop and Jazz genres as well as solfeggio sightreading. Deanne’s students this past year finished with 3 state gold medals at Indiana’s ISSMA solo vocal competition for the Marquette Catholic High School, Michigan City team, and 2nd place at NATS Illinois State musical theatre competition for high school freshman age group.

Deanne herself has performed a vast variety of music theatre. Favorite roles include Dolly in Hello Dolly, Rosie in Bye, Bye Birdie, Fastrada in Pippin, and the Lead Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret (NU), Light Opera Works: Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Wonderful Town and She Loves Me (the last two as lead understudy). Stage Right Dinner Theatre: My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, Damn Yankees. The Theatre Building in Chicago: a Cy Coleman Review and musical in development based on Mary Todd Lincoln entitled Crazy Mary. She also appeared in The Golden Apple with Pegasus Players/LOW, Fiddler On The Roof (twice!), Annie Warbuck’s and Northbrook Professional Theatre for Young Audiences. (Her specialty playing the most wicked character in the production.)

Deanne has appeared in many local commercials and industrial videos for companies such as McDonald’s, Audi, and Sears. She holds a dance minor and was on scholarship at Gus Giordano Dance Studio, also studying with Lou Conte and Joel Hall. For many of the theatre performances she was the dance captain.

She currently performs a solo cabaret act for special events and fundraisers.

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2015

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/08/2018

Tuesdays 2:45 pm – 5:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 03/05/2018

Tuesdays 2:45 pm – 5:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
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