Hi I’m Liesl!
I’ve been teaching voice for over ten years now and love growing and learning along with my students!
I am an active performer and educator located in Shreveport, Louisiana.
In addition to running Cruz Vocal Arts Studio, I serve as the junior academy music director and guest vocal instructor for Shreveport Little Theatre Academy and serve as an instructor for Stage Center’s School of Performing Arts. In 2019 I taught 7th & 8th grade drama for The Montessori School for Shreveport and directed their E2’s production of Alice in Wonderland Jr. in spring 2020.
Prior to moving to Shreveport I created and taught an arts-based preschool class titled “Young Minds Create Art,” taught the music specials for both the Bloomington Southeast YMCA preschool program and Faith Lutheran Preschool and Christian Child Care, and started the Preparatory Children’s Choir for K-2nd grades and co-taught Junior Choir for grades 3rd – 8th at Faith Lutheran Church in Bloomington, IN.
I also serve as a staff singer for First United Methodist Church of Shreveport and perform regularly with Shreveport Little Theatre, Stage Center, The Emmett Hook Center, and The Carrefour Chamber Music Project. I have also had the pleasure of singing with Prisma, The St. Cecilia Diocesan Choir, The Shreveport Opera, and served as a staff singer at St. John Berchmans Cathedral.
I have completed all three levels of Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri Method and hold a BM in Vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a MSE in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Music and the visual arts from Indiana University. I have also spent two summers as a young artist with Opera in the Ozarks, completed levels I & II of Kodaly training, and regularly attend masterclasses in both voice and theater to keep my professional and teaching skills sharp.
I love being able to blend my diverse training background to create unique and developmentally sound lessons for students of all ages, especially for those who wish to begin studying voice before high school.
I cannot wait to help you reach your goals!