Baritone Brian Leeper is now in his 15th year teaching vocal music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches Studio Voice, Meistersingers, and directs the Opera Workshop. In 2011, Brian was the recipient of the Instructional Excellence Award for Academic Staff at UW-Whitewater. In addition to his position at UW-Whitewater, he was also formerly Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, a five-week intensive opera program in Novafeltria, Italy, and is a Past-President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Equally at home with Oratorio and Opera, Mr. Leeper has performed over twenty major roles with opera companies in the US and abroad, including a national radio broadcast concert performance of Candide with the Cleveland Orchestra. Solo appearances over the past three years include Haydn’s Creation, the St. John Passion, Messiah, Elijah, Don Pasquale, L’Elisir d’Amore and Die Fledermaus and a concert of Chopin and Musical Theatre in Krakow, Poland. Brian has coached art song with John Wustman, Martin Katz, Jessica Paul and Valerie Trujillo and opera with Sherrill Milnes. Voice instructors include Yvonne Ciannella, Roy Delp, Richard Grace, Harold Stark and David Judisch.
Mr. Leeper formerly served on the voice faculties of Butler University, Operafestival di Roma and Lutheran Summer Music. His voice students have gone on to win numerous awards and competitions, and are currently singing in houses in the United States and Europe. Brian holds degrees from Luther College and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has done further graduate study at the Florida State University.