BA-Music Education Luther College; MM-Voice Performance University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Further graduate study, The Florida State University
Baritone Brian Leeper currently teaches studio voice, opera workshop and men's chorus at UW-Whitewater. As soloist and clinician, he has presented master classes and recitals at numerous Universities across the United States, Canada and Europe. Frequently appearing as soloist in Oratorio and Opera, Mr. Leeper has performed over twenty major roles with opera companies in the US and abroad. In 1997, he made his New York City debut performing the role of Dulcamara in Donezetti's L'Elisir d'Amore at CAMI Hall.
Brian has appeared as featured soloist in Wisconsin area performances of Bach's St. John Passion, the Verdi Requiem, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Rutter's Mass of the Children and numerous performances of Handel's Messiah. Currently Past-President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Mr. Leeper is also the Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, a five-week summer opera program in Novafeltria, Italy, and was previously on the voice faculty of Operafestival di Roma, in Rome, Italy. He is also the founder and director of the UW-Whitewater Solo Voice Camp, a week long summer music camp for high school singers.
Brian holds degrees in voice from Luther College and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has done further graduate study towards the DM in Voice Performance from the Florida State University. His students have been finalists in the Seattle Opera International Wagner Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and winners at state and regional NATS Auditions. Brian's teachers include Roy Delp, Yvonne Ciannella, David Judisch, Harold Stark & Richard Grace. In 2011, he was named the University's Academic Excellence Award recipient.
Studio Voice, Opera Workshop, Men's Chorus, Voice Pedagogy, Diction for Singers, Vocal Literature