Jazz vocalist Rose Colella currently performs regularly at Chicago's top jazz clubs and hotels, including The Jazz Showcase and The Green Mill, alongside the city's finest jazz musicians. She has taught at The Academy since 2006 and is the current chair of the Music Department.
Colella released her critically acclaimed album "Small Hours" in 2009 and recently released her new album “Cocktail” to rave reviews. Colella received her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago and owns the entertainment agency, Lola Bard Productions, named for her grandmother, a 1930s vocalist who performed and recorded with Bobby Hackett and The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Colella and her grandmother were recently featured in The New York Times, with a story detailing Rose’s career as a jazz vocalist in Chicago, inspired by Lola’s career as a jazz vocalist in New York City.