- Music Program Coordinator & Grade School Music Teacher
Sylvie Desouches is a professional, classical musician with many hats: chamber singer and soloist, music teacher and youth choral conductor, lecturer in music history and French diction coach. Her singing has taken her from children’s operas in San Francisco to professional choirs in Chicago. She sang with Bella Voce (an a cappella chamber choir) for 13 years and also with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and several smaller chamber choirs, including six years in a solo quartet at Chicago Sinai Congregation. She gave pre-concert lectures for Ravinia Festival, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for many years. In 2015 she began working with the Chicago Symphony Chorus as a French diction coach.
Ms. Desouches has degrees in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. There she also served as music history graduate assistant and co-taught a semester, collegiate-level course in music history. She is a trained Waldorf teacher and also completed the first year in Educational Support training with the Association for a Healing Education. She has worked at Chicago Waldorf School since 2006, first as a class teacher and then as a music and choral teacher. She served as the school’s reaccreditation coordinator in 2008-09 and also as a board trustee 2009-2012.
Ms. Desouches is currently the school's music program coordinator and teaches grade school music, middle school choirs, high school Vocal Ensemble and the 11th grade History Through Music block. She is also one of the 9th grade class advisors and a senior project advisor.