Leanne Gayle Freeman-Miller
Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Professor of Voice
Bio: Leanne Freeman-Miller, soprano, is an Associate Professor of Voice at Drake University, teaching studio voice, vocal pedagogy, and Italian & German diction. In May 2006, she received the Madelyn Levitt Teacher of the Year award, Drake’s highest honor awarded to faculty for teaching. Ms. Freeman-Miller has appeared frequently as a soloist in numerous oratorio and concert works, opera, and has extensive musical theatre experience in both performing and musical direction. Music directing credits at Drake include Cabaret, Bare, A Little Night Music, and most recently, Sweeney Todd. An active recitalist, Ms. Freeman-Miller and her collaborative pianist, Michelle Havlik-Jergens, have appeared on concert stages across the United States and abroad, including venues in China and Italy. Their compact disc, Letters from the Garden…contemporary songs by female composers, is available from Centaur Records, Baton Rouge, LA. Ms. Freeman-Miller has taught on the faculty at the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy, the last two summers, and has also recently been invited to teach on the faculty of OperaViva in Verona, Italy in June, 2014. She has taught and conducted master classes at Hebei Normal University and Minzu University in Beijing, China. She has twice been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national honorary music society. Ms. Freeman-Miller is a renowned teacher in the mid-west region. Her students are frequent winners of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competitions, Quad Cities Opera Young Artist Competitions, Crescendo Music Awards in Tulsa, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Singer of the Year Competition, sponsored by Shreveport Opera. Students have also been accepted to national and international summer programs, including Seagle Music Colony in New York, University of Miami, Salzburg, AIMS in Graz, Austria, Oberlin in Italy, La Musica Lyrica and International Lyric Academy, Italy, the Intermezzo program in Belgium, and have performed roles with Cedar Rapids Opera, Shreveport Opera, among others. She is currently Governor of the District NATS Chapter and is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician.
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program