Whether being on the stage or in the studio, Leia has found a multitude of ways to project her passion for singing. She has been an Alto in the Grammy-Award winning 28-voice ensemble, The Phoenix Chorale, since 2015 where she has soloed in numerous works including Handel’s And the Children of Israel Sighed and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert Series. She has participated in many other professional choral gigs across the Phoenix Valley such as the Bach Madrigal Society and Solis Camerata’s features in Ramin Djawadi’s tour of Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience and Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY with The Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Arnie Roth. Leia is also an Alto in Canto Vivo directed by Dr. Craig Peterson.
Along with professional vocal performance experiences, she has performed on stage in many musicals and operas such as Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Into the Woods, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has most recently been seen on stage in Arizona State University’s Lyric Opera Theatre’s production of Bernstein’s Mass, as well as Phoenix Theatre Company’s New Works Festival singing in Look Up! The Music and Lyrics of Janine McGuire and Arri Lawton Simon.
A vocal coach since 2014, Leia has aided students to success in performing at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, in community theater productions, and for auditions all over the country. Along with private voice lessons, she also presents master classes to high schools and community choruses around the Phoenix area, specializing in vocal health and technique. During the summer months, she music directs The Phoenix Theatre Company’s summer camps. Leia currently teaches voice and vocal pedagogy at Mesa Community College and will be pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Fall 2020 at Arizona State University.
- M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Arizona State University
- B.A. in Music, Emphasis in Vocal Performance, The Pennsylvania State University