Leigh Straus

Leigh S.

Bethesda, MD
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About

Leigh passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Leigh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2012

Leigh, a soprano residing in the DMV area, graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has participated in masterclassesv with artists such as Arianna Zukerman and Ann Baltz and performed in many productions. Her most recent role was as Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream with Shakespeare Opera Theater in Manassas.

During her time at VCU, Leigh was a featured soloist with The VCU Women's Choir and the Commonwealth Singers on multiple occations. She was also featured in the roles of: Gianetta (The Gondoliers), Jou-Jou (The Merry Widow) and Papagena (The Magic Flute).

During her time at school she started teaching voice lessons in Richmond VA. Since then, she has taught students from all different ages and abilities. She loves how a voice lesson can turn any kind of day into an amazing one. The ability to make a student smile through music when something finally clicks or they get to sing their favorite song is the most amazing feeling.

This year, along with a personal recital and volunteer work, Leigh was contracted to sing as the mezzo soprano soloist in Saint-Saens Noel. In the year to come she will be studying with Arianna Zukerman, building her personal voice studio and preparing for her busy summer. She will be singing in New York City as the Sleep Fairy and the Gretel understudy with the Manhattan Opera Studio where she will also perform an aria and opera scenes concert at Carnegie Hall. Following that she will travel to Tuscany to sing and study with Bel Canto in Tuscany!

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Experience

Soloist
Aug 2017 - Present
Metropolitan United Methodist Church

Voice Teacher
Nov 2016 - Dec 2017
Cardon Studios

Education

Lessons/Master Classes/ Seminars
May 2016 - Present
Potomac Vocal Academy
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2010 - May 2015
Virginia Commonwealth University

Languages

Italian
Limited Proficiency

Awards

1st place
Dec 2007
Bland Music Competition

Photos & Videos

Me singing Von Ewiger Liebe by Brahms
Hand in Hand, and original song I wrote for a friend of mine who's sister is fighting cancer. This song is near and dear to my heart.
Me playing and singing Are you Lonesome Tonight by Elvis on the Ukulele
Me singing Deh vieni non tardar from Le nozze di Figaro :)
I made a video highlighting the importance of proper vocal care for professional singers. Take a look to get some info on voice care :)
Photo credit: Brittany Dilberto, Bee Two Sweet. Taken for recital posters ๐Ÿ™‚

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4 Reviews

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Anne Jul 12, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

She was great and very helpful

Chris Jan 9, 2018
Classical Voice · Online

Online lessons can get confusing and even though the connection can get wonky Leigh was really great about it. If something made the lesson run longer, she would give me extra time to make up for connection problems. Aside from being really great about working with you, she also knows her stuff. From how to sing freely to great song choices, she really knows a lot.

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Nancy Jan 9, 2018
Singing · In studio

What a joy Leigh is! She’s great at simplifying things so that a beginner can pick them up. It was so nice to be able to learn and get positive encouragement. I left every lesson feeling like I was better .

Ryan Jan 8, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

I have seen Leigh on stage and in lessons and she is amazing. She knows how to explain things in a way that clicks and because she performs too she knows how to help you with emoting and musicality. I’d recommend her to anyone!

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