Kayleen Sánchez is an imaginative, inspiring, and deeply communicative artist and teacher, equally effective whether performing opera, singing art song, or teaching historically-informed performance practice and healthy vocal technique.
An active performing artist, Sánchez’ recent appearances include operatic roles with the Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago, an appearance with the Newberry Consort, performances with the St. Charles Singers, and recitals at the Winnetka Recital Series in Winnetka, Illinois, the Winterpast Recital Series in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and recitals at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In December 2014, she was the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Delta David Gier. She has been a featured soloist in two CDs of Mozart choral works with the St. Charles Singers and the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra: "St. Charles Singers: MAGNIFICENT MOZART" (St. Charles Singers, 2012), and "St. Charles Singers: LUMINESCENCE" (St. Charles Singers, 2013). Kayleen has recorded songs by composer George Morey, which will be featured in a CD titled "Music of George Morey" (expected release 2016), and her performances have been broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT and on South Dakota Public Broadcasting television and radio.
In 2013, Sánchez and lutenist Dr. Laudon Schuett formed BEDLAM, an early music duo. BEDLAM has performed concert tours throughout the U.S., and has performed for the Phoenix Early Music Society, Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY), and the Rochester Early Music Festival. BEDLAM performances feature improvised ornamentation, rhetorical gestures, quicksilver changes in affect, and original pronunciation, allowing Kayleen to marry her passion for historically-informed performance practice with her love of languages. In 2015, Bedlam released its debut album, "BEDLAM" (Athyr Records), featuring Scottish lute songs of the 16th century. BEDLAM has been broadcast on Rochester’s WXXI, WWFM’s “Well-Tempered Baroque”, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and will be aired on Arizona PBS this year. BEDLAM has an active touring schedule, which can found on their website at www.bedlamearlymusic.com.
Kayleen’s passion for early music has as its counterpoint her love of new music. American composer Dr. David M. Gordon praised her performance of his piece “Fader, stilla våra andar,” as “deeply moving and extraordinarily precise.” Gordon later dedicated a large-scale work for soprano, piano, and violin, “Mysteria Incarnationis,” to Sánchez and her husband, pianist Paul Sánchez, and invited them to premier the work in March 2016. The work is set in Syriac, and requires the soprano to play Thai button gongs, finger cymbals, vibratone, toy piano, and a glass globe filled with water. Other recent performances of new music have included compositions by Dr. Jacob Bancks, George Morey, and Dr. Shawn Okpebholo.
Kayleen will be featured on the CD "Magus Insipiens" (Soundset Recordings), performing three song cycles composed by her husband, Paul Sánchez. Writing about the CD, American poet Sherod Santos states: “Kayleen Sánchez' wonderfully sensitive interpretations evoke the full sway of Sappho’s fervent, impassioned imagination. Indeed, Sánchez' keen technical virtuosity manages to capture the finely shaded gradations of emotion that all three song cycles draw up from the well of human experience. Listen closely and you’ll discover that, long after the final syllable is sung, her voice still thrills along the spine.” She will also be featured on the upcoming CD, "West Meets East" (Albany Records).
Sánchez believes in teaching healthy technique, informed musicianship, refined and responsible diction, deeply committed communication, and finding one’s own unique voice. She has presented master classes at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, has been a guest teacher at Baylor University and McLennan Community College, was a clinician at the SING! workshop in St. Charles, Illinois, and has coached pianists in the performance of lieder at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. Sánchez received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She is currently a member of the voice faculty at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where she resides with her husband, pianist Paul Sánchez.
Updated July 2016