- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a DMA and MM from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music and have taught voice since 2007 privately and in colleges and universities in southern California. I have sung with opera companies and classical orchestras all over the US and abroad, and have sung on more than 65 soundtracks and albums. I've worked with John Williams, Josh Groban, Gustavo Dudamel, Danny Elfman, and many others.
- Teaches students:
- and Ages 8+
- Teaching since:
Whether you're looking to up your career game, trying to break-in, or you love to sing and just want to be more accomplished, I can help you! I have been singing professionally since 1991 with Los Angeles Opera, NY City Opera, Köln Opera, Covent Garden, Glimmerglass, Glyndbourne, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and as a session singer on film soundtracks and albums. More recently I've started producing albums. I have an MM in vocal performance and a DMA in music from USC, and can ensure that you will learn to sing safely and correctly no matter what style of music you are singing! I work with choirs all the time on stage and in the studio, and can help you with blend, or help you prepare for your auditions at any level.+ Read More
I am baritone Rod Gilfry's sub when he leaves for weeks at a time to travel, teaching the students in his studio, which are a mix of classical opera singers, art song singers, and music theatre students.
I am the artistic director and conductor of the 100 voice volunteer chorus in Ventura County, CA!
Studio session singer for major film companies and composers in Los Angeles. I've recorded more than 65 major films and have sung on Josh Groban albums (most recently Stages), and am on the soundtrack at Epcot Center for Mission: Space, coming soon! Most recent pictures include: Jumanji; Star Trek Beyond; Pixels; Stocks; Suicide Squad; Minions 2 and 3; Transformers 5; and Frozen.+ Read More
Taught class voice, diction, repertoire, choral music, and musicianship.
Conducted and rehearsed the chorale for performances, and prepared them for LA Philharmonic and Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl. Worked with the High School groups vocally. LAMC is a 100 voice professional union chorus that performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.+ Read More
Taught the choruses.
Taught chorus and conducting.
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.+ Read More
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.+ Read More
Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.+ Read More
Lesley Leighton is a superb teacher and singer - she absolutely knows the voice inside and out. A great pedagogue and musician with a fantastic spirit. I highly recommend Lesley!
Lesley Leighton is the best voice teacher I have encountered over the years. Her technical knowledge of the human voice and skill of teaching are a great combination. She is able to demonstrate for her students and encourages them to excel. I recommend her highly!+ Read More
Lesley is an extremely knowledgeable voice teacher who has helped my voice tremendously. I was having trouble singing lower notes and she made me realize that I had very little support when singing. Now she has me doing exercises to strengthen my muscles and has given me great feedback during my lessons which has helped my voice tremendously. I highly recommend this teacher!+ Read More