LEDA SCEARCE, MM, MS, CCC-SLP: Soprano, Clinical Singing Voice Specialist, Clinical Associate Faculty, Director of Performing Voice Programs and Development at Duke Voice Care Center
Soprano Leda Scearce has been featured in leading roles with the National Opera Company, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Long Leaf Opera Festival, Triangle Opera, the Ohio Light Opera Company and Whitewater Opera Company, and has appeared as concert soloist with orchestras including the North Carolina, Toledo and Honolulu Symphonies. An active proponent of new music, Ms. Scearce has given world premiere performances of works written for her with the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Nashville, Mallarme Chamber Players, the American Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Hawaii. A winner of the Birmingham Opera Vocal Competition, Ms. Scearce has also been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Scearce is a graduate of Indiana University with both bachelors and masters degrees in vocal performance.
A voice teacher for over 30 years, Ms. Scearce has served on the artist faculties of Bowling Green State University, Meredith College, Brigham Young University of Hawaii and the University of Southern Maine. Ms. Scearce obtained the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University, where she completed an internship in voice disorders and voice rehabilitation for the performing voice at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is currently Clinical Singing Voice Specialist, Clinical Associate Faculty and Director of Performing Voice Programs and Development at the Duke Voice Care Center, where she provides rehabilitation therapy to singers, actors and other vocal performers with voice injuries. Ms. Scearce is the author of Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness, published by Plural, Inc. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of the singing voice at national and international voice conferences, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, the International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, the Australian Voice Association, the Pan American Vocology Association, Fall Voice Conference, Northwest Voice Conference, the National Center for Voice and Speech, the McIver Lecture in Vocal Pedagogy and Utah Performance Voice Conference. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Scearce is a founding member of the Pan American Vocology Association for which she currently serves as Past President.