Teaching Artist, Voice, Musicianship, Accompanist
Countertenor Scott Dankert has trained his voice under the coaching of Mark Crayton at Roosevelt University of Chicago, Theresa Brancaccio at Northwestern University, and Janice Pantazelos at the Chicago Studio of Professional Singing. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance from Michigan State University and has played piano since he was a child.
Drawing upon his broad knowledge and experience from a wide range of musical arenas, Mr. Dankert created the Music Theory and History curriculum at ChiME to enrich and inspire students on their journeys as young musicians and music appreciators. As a voice teacher, he provides students with a strong technical foundation while making singing fun through the exploration of the different characters and moods in each piece that they sing.
A skilled accompanist, he provides coaching and support to the students of ChiME in their performances. He has provided vocal coaching and musical direction at the summer dance camp at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, and he has been an accompanist at the Chicago Waldorf School for many years.
As a church musician, his alto voice has been heard at St. Alphonsus Church, St. Clement Church, St. James Cathedral, and Church of the Ascension. He is a member of Bella Voce, a Chicago based vocal group, and he has sung with the Chicago Philharmonic, the Chicago Arts Orchestra, and Ecclesia Choir of Chicago. He has held flute and piccolo positions in the Midland Symphony Orchestra and Lansing Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago