Stacey Leathersich

Stacey L.

San Diego, CA

Lesson Details

Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Opera Voice lessons are ideal for a student who enjoys singing in the classical style and wishes to learn opera literature suitable for their voice.

Pieces are assigned based off of the student's voice type (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass) and skill level.

These lessons work on a difficult level of repertoire so a younger student or a beginner may be assigned classical art songs until they are ready for the advanced repertoire.

Opera lessons are available to both students who wish to sing professionally as well as those who just have a desire to sing for fun.

Much of the repertoire is sung in Italian, French, and German so time will also be spent on diction (pronunciation of these languages).
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Stacey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
April 1999

During the past 17 years, Stacey has worked with students ranging from age 5 to 75 teaching classical, musical theater, Christian, and pop music. She accepts students of all ages, styles, and levels. Her students learn through vocal exercises, ear training, song, and performance techniques. Students also learn how to keep their voices healthy and are encouraged to participate in performing venues outside of lessons.

After teaching in New York and Ohio, Stacey held a teaching position at American River College and operated her private voice studio in Sacramento, California for 6 years. She recently relocated to San Diego where she maintains her private voice studio. Stacey has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from SUNY Fredonia. Most recently, she completed the Summer Vocology Institute where she worked with several of the most knowledgeable researchers and therapists in the field of voice and completed additional Speech Pathology-related courses at the University of Pittsburgh. During graduate school, she taught as a graduate assistant and was hired after graduation as a Visiting Lecturer at Ohio University. Stacey also taught as the Affiliate Voice Instructor for the Athens Community School of Music and Voice Instructor at Studio 1 in Lancaster, Ohio.

A classically trained musician, Stacey performed locally in Sacramento as a soloist and sang first soprano with the Sacramento Master Singers. Although her love is art song, Stacey performed in both musical theater and opera productions during high school, undergraduate, and graduate school. Her roles include Despina from Mozart'€™s 'Cosi fan tutte' and Nancy in Britten'€™s 'Albert Herring'. She performed 3 degree recitals and was a 1998-99 Concerto Competition Winner at SUNY Fredonia.

*** Lesson Details ***
I find it very important for my students to be comfortable and to enjoy their lessons. Our first lesson will include getting to know your comfort level and all the details of your voice. We will sing a lot of vocal exercises, find out what you already know, and set basic goals. For a normal lesson, I always start with vocal exercises and progress into our song literature.

I am an energetic instructor and love what I do. Everything I teach is based on solid, healthy vocal technique. I apply this classical technique to all styles of singing from musical theater to pop and of course classical. Sometimes I will assign you a song, but usually I give you a choice between 2 or 3. I always encourage you to bring in your own song choices as options!

Students always ask how quickly they will progress. The answer's completely individual. If you strive for a reasonable goal and practice efficiently generally you will progress nicely.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and musical theater voice, and use the basic efficient healthy technique used in these styles to work with students who prefer to sing popular styles. I spend a lot of time on a solid foundation in breathing and learning to sing in a healthy way.

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Certificate of Completion Summer Vocology Institute
Jun 2003 - Aug 2003
University of Iowa
MM Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Jan 2000 - Jun 2001
Ohio University
BM Vocal Performance
Aug 1995 - May 1999
SUNY Fredonia


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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24 Reviews

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Melissa H. Apr 27, 2017
Singing · In studio

Stacey has been training my daughter for over 6 years! It's hard to believe these lessons are coming to an end, but not because Stacey isn't amazing, but because my daughter is graduating and moving away! I just want to thank Stacey for helping my daughter at the age of 11 how to sing through being terrified! She has come a long way and she has enjoyed all her time with Miss Stacey! I have recommended Stacey and will continue to recommend her not just for her talent, but because of her patience and her kind heart too!

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Melissa H. Aug 7, 2015
Singing · In studio

She's great! We have been with her for a long time now. My daughter has developed a relationship with her and enjoys singing. Recommend!

Shelley C. Oct 30, 2014
Singing · In studio

Stacey is the perfect instructor for my five-year-old girl. She is professional yet fun, and works with my daughter to learn the songs even though she can't yet read words herself. My daughter loves her lessons and looks forward to them each week. I would recommend Stacey to everyone.

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Julia C. May 25, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

Stacey is amazing! I have taken singing lessons with her weekly for over a year now. Each class is so much fun and I have improved so much. Stacey is talented, dedicated and a great teacher. I would not hesitate for one second to recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their singing voice.

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Nancy H. Nov 28, 2012

having a great time

have taken 3 lessons so far but im learning something new each time and I am having tons of fun!

EllenR Jul 21, 2012


Stacey L. is a great teacher. In just a few short weeks, my daughter is discovering confidence and ability she didn't know she had!

BethR1 Apr 26, 2012

Extremely pleased with Stacey!

Stacey has been phenomenal! My daughter started taking vocal lessons and we saw an improvement right away in her tone and clarity. She is an outstanding teacher and we could not be more pleased.

SohyunK Feb 7, 2012

she is a great Instructor, I really recommend her who ever wanted to take a singing lesson,take it with Stacey L.

ElizabethY Dec 4, 2011

I appreciate Stacey's teaching abilities and organization. She clearly thinks ahead about what we're going to do for each lesson, which means I'm getting the best bang for my buck. :)

KatieC Oct 4, 2011


Jamie is having a blast with Stacey. She looks forward to voice so much. Thank you

JudiM Aug 31, 2011


Stacey was wonderful with my son Joshua. He enjoys her teaching style and she makes him feel comfortable and confident. I would recommend her!!

WandaL Jun 22, 2011

My 10 yr old daughter has been taken lessons from Stacey for 5 weeks now. She loves the lessons. Stacey is very good with her students. My daughter has shown great improvement and much more confidence in her singing now. It's so worth it, the time, effort, and money.

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BennyT May 29, 2011

Great Fun Enjoyable Relaxing Experience!

My niece had asked me to sing in her wedding reception (on first dance) next month but I don't think I can sing well enough so I seek help & found Stacey. It's my first voice lesson ever! So glad I found her. She's a great teacher, well capable of what she does - teaching voice lessons. Now I can sing with confidence. She helped me discovered the voice I never knew I had. Thanks Stacey! I really enjoyed my lessons.

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RosemaryR May 17, 2011


Stacey is very knowledgeable in what she does. She is able to keep my daughter focused and always kept her interested. I highly recommend Stacey to anyone who is looking to learn.

ColetteF May 11, 2011

very engaging, enthusiastic and seems to really enjoy what she is doing.

MandyG May 5, 2011


Stacey is awesome! Easy going and easy to work with. She's very well educated and has a down to earth way of explaining things. She would be great for beginners, and even better for those advanced students that need more. Highly recommend!

ZacharyW May 2, 2011

Stacey is the best!

Stacey makes singing lessons comfortable and fun. I leave every lesson feeling enthusiastic and excited about my new singing techniques and abilities. She lets me pick songs I like to sing and helps me improve without overwhelming me. I couldn't have asked for a nicer, more caring teaching. I highly recommend her.

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AngelaC1 Apr 22, 2011

Stacey was great! My lessons were fun and I learned a lot. She was very encouraging, energetic, and good at helping me feel comfortable. I enjoyed the song that she chose for me to sing. If I am able to take lessons again in the future, I will definitely sign up with her again and recommend her to everyone.

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RonS Jan 27, 2011

100% happy

I feel 100% happy with my singing lessons with Stacey. She is the kind of teacher who can make it more interesting and fun to learn. Stacey is a great teacher.

KimD Oct 29, 2010

Kenya loves working with Stacey and has already learned a lot about how to use her voice! We look forward to every lesson!!

KellieW Sep 19, 2010

Very positive and organized!

My 11 year old daughter has just begun working with Stacey and already I see a big improvement in her higher voice, especially in your self confidence singing those higher notes. Stacey has a set plan every week to keep the lessons progressing which I think is invaluable. My daughter really likes Stacey which makes her want to practice. Stacey's communication is very positive when giving feedback, focusing on how to improve, not what isn't working right.

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ChristinaM2 Sep 6, 2010

Excellent with a Young Student

Stacey is very good at engaging my daughter and is patient with her. She focuses on songs and genre that interest her age group and lets her lead the lesson to keep her interested. My daughter loves her singing lessons and looks forward to them all week.

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StacyL Jul 20, 2010

Old Newbie

Stacey gives focused instruction based on actual areas to improve, as well as my perceived "wants" as a singer. She uses her expertise to provide custom exercises and instruction to help me improve more and more every day.

EmmaR Jun 3, 2010

Stacey is a great teacher!

Stacey has already helped to improve my tone in only a few lessons. She is a lovely, genuine person who cares about her students and is very positive and encouraging. She explains her exercises well and I always leave feeling like I'm another step closer to my goal.

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