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Leslie D.

Master of Music, Vocal Performance, Frost School of Music
Expected Completion Date: May 2018
Bachelor of Music, Music Education, James Madison University
Completion Date: December 2015
Licensure: Vocal Music Pre-K to 12
Teaching/Leadership Experience:

JMU ACDA Conducting Competition Winner; Student Conductor JMU ACDA ChoralFest, Fall 2014
Worked closely with the JMUs DCA to plan 6 lessons for a 2-day festival choir of about 400 students in addition
to rehearsing several weeks beforehand with the JMU Chorale.
Student Conductor, Manager: The James Madison University Womens Chorus, Fall 2014
Ran rehearsals and outside practice sessions for several pieces and conducted with the choir on each concert.
Helped organize the students before and after the concerts and run-out performances.
President, JMU Opera Guild, Fall 2014-Sp 2015
Worked closely with the Director of Opera at JMU to promote opportunities for student growth on and off campus,
including acting as event coordinator for benefit concerts during both semesters.

Work Experience (Music):

Vocal Instructor, Nova Music, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Teach beginner piano and all levels of voice.
Vocal Instructor, Mikes Music, Summer 2015-Spring 2016
Taught beginner piano and all levels of voice.
Undergrad Opera Assistant/Director of Production Communications, JMU School of Music, Fall 2014-Sp 2015
Worked closely with the opera directors, conductors, and stage manager to write/post/send out schedules and
keep directors and students updated about conflicts and any production announcements.
Student Singer/Conductor, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Fall 2013-Sp 2015
Participated as a conductor and alto in the church choir and sang in the college chorale each Sunday.
JMU Student Assistant, JMU Music Library, Fall 2013, Fall 2014- Sp 2015
Responsible for re-shelving, collecting, and cataloguing music scores and recordings.
Stage Manager, Bel Cantanti, The Sound of Music, Summer 2014
Worked with the directors to record blocking and help keep rehearsals moving.

Relevant Studies:
Eichenberger Conducting Workshop
Elementary, Middle, High School Methods
Music Technology
Basic Acting
Opera Theatre

Summer 2014
MUED 380, 372, 376
MUS 150
THEA 251
MUAP 343: 7 semesters

VANATS competition for classical voice, 1st Place
Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS competition for classical voice, Top 3
JMU Concerto Aria Competition, Vocal Winner
JMU Vespers Scholarship

Special Skills:
Working knowledge of SMART Board, Finale and Garage Band
Beginning to intermediate knowledge of Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Latin

2011, 12, 13, 15


Dr. van der Vat- Chromy, Director of Choral Activities, James Madison University
Office phone: 540/568-5803
Dr. Rierson, Director of Opera and Music Theatre, James Madison University
Office phone: 540/568-4164
Dr. Maddison, Associate Professor of Voice, James Madison University
Office phone: 540/568-8042
Julie Phelan, Choral Director, Marstellar Middle School
Doug Burney, Choral Director, Battlefield High School