Ms. Utley graduated from Elmhurst College, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, with a double major in Theatre and a Certificate in Vocal Performance. She received her Master of Music from Northern Illinois University and Master of Education from Olivet Nazarene University.
Ms. Utley received the “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year 2000” award from the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). She has been a clinician and guest conductor for various Illinois and Michigan schools and was recently on the adjunct faculty of Elmhurst College as the Director of Women’s Chorus. In 2011, Ms. Utley earned the “Outstanding Contribution to Education” award from BGHS.
Ms. Utley’s responsibilities at Buffalo Grove High School include, Beginning Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Vocal Director of the Spring Musical, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and of course, The Expressions.