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Brian Leeper

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Baritone Brian Leeper is in his 18th year of teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches Studio Voice, Meistersingers Men’s Choir, and directs the UWW Opera Workshop. He has presented numerous master classes at colleges and universities in the US and abroad. Mr. Leeper is the former Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, an international summer opera festival in Italy, where he was also a voice faculty member for 12 years. In the summer of 2019, Brian performed with the orchestra of Operafestival di Roma during their production of Suor Angelica in Rome and presented a masterclass for the program in Orvieto. Also an accomplished organist, Mr. Leeper also performed as organist for concerts with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chamber singers in the summer of 2019 in Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden, and Talheim, Germany, and Poznan, Poland. While in Frankfurt, Brian also coached American Art Song with several vocal students at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. Mr. Leeper has also directed choral ensembles at Western Illinois University (Chamber Singers and Madrigal Singers) and Nebraska Wesleyan University (Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir). In addition to his university choral experience, Mr. Leeper has also served as a full-time Minister of Music (choir director and organist) in churches in New Jersey, South Carolina and Indiana.

Mr. Leeper has performed over twenty major roles with opera companies in the US and Europe, including a live national radio broadcast performance of Candide with the Cleveland Orchestra from the Blossom Festival Center. He has also appeared soloist in oratorios with conductors Robert Shaw, Leon Botstein, Robert Page and Vance George. Solo Oratorio appearances in the past ten years include Brahm’s Deutsche Requiem Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Walton’s Belshazzar'sFeast and Mozart’s Requiem. In 2010, Mr. Leeper toured Poland, performing operatic arias, and accompanying Chopin Songs and Musical Theatre Selections. In early summer of 2022, Mr. Leeper will sing the premier performances of Willa Cather songs with the Nebraska Chamber Players, in Lincoln and Red Cloud, Nebraska. Composer Chris Ellenwood composed the pieces in celebration of the publication centenary of Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours.

Mr. Leeper holds degrees from Luther College and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with further graduate study at Florida State University. He is a past President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is advisor to the student chapter of SNATS at UW-Whitewater. In 2011, Mr. Leeper was the recipient of the university-wide Academic Staff Instructional Excellence Award at UW-Whitewater.