Lesley Leighton

 
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Bio:
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
 
Education: BA in choral conducting from Loyola Marymount University with Paul Salamunovich; studied conducting with William Hatcher at UCLA; MM in vocal performance from the University of Southern California with Judith Oas Natalucci; DMA in choral conducting from the University of Southern California
 
Other conducting positions: Artistic Director of the Los Robles Master Chorale (LRMC), Music Director of the New West Symphony Chorus and Director of the UCLA Choral Union
 
As a conductor/clinician: prepped for Gustavo Dudamel and Diego Matheuz at the Hollywood Bowl, summer 2015; presented a reading session for ACDA, Sep 2015; appeared as a guest clinician for conducting seminar for LAUSD teachers, Oct 2015; appeared as guest speaker for the LA Philharmonic Business & Professional Committee, Nov 2015; prepped Judas Maccabeus for Neal Stulberg at UCLA, Dec 2015; served as co-producer with David Lang for LAMCs soon-to-be-released album of Lang's music, Jan 2016; conducted the off-stage chorus for The Planets for the LA Philharmonic education program, Feb 2016; conducted Carmina Burana with the UCLA Choral Union and Sinfonia Orchestra, Mar 2016; prepped Los Robles Master Chorale for John Adams at LA Phil's Green Umbrella series of contemporary music, Apr 2016
 
As a professional singer: has performed with many of the worlds most eminent conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, the late Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, the late Rafael Frhbeck de Burgos, Roger Norrington, Gustavo Dudamel and Grant Gershon; opera credits include principal appearances with New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Kln Opera and Glyndebourne; has sung on more than 50 film soundtracks
 
As an educator: in addition to appearing as an adjudicator and guest clinician, has taught five years of chorus at the high school level, six years at the university level and inaugurated Los Robles Master Chorales annual High School Choral Festival, High School Leadership Workshop and its Young Composers Competition; currently Director of the UCLA Choral Union
CONCERT LINKS DATES
Sonic Masterworks
Conductor, Three New Motets
06/05/2016
Made in L.A.
Conductor, Memorare
11/15/2015
Music of Whitacre and Prt
Conductor, Cloudburst
05/17/2015
Music of Whitacre and Prt
Conductor, Cloudburst
05/16/2015
Rejoice! A Ceremony of Carols
Conductor, A Ceremony of Carols
12/08/2013
50th Season Celebration
Conductor, Western Songs
09/22/2013
50th Season Celebration
Conductor, Tu es Petrus (motet 4 -- Quatre Motets sur des Themes Gregoriens)
09/22/2013
50th Season Celebration
Conductor, Ubi Caritas (motet 1 -- Quatre Motets sur des Themes Gregoriens)
09/22/2013
American Songs & Spirituals
Conductor, Agnus Dei
06/02/2013
Organ Extravaganza
Conductor, I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me
10/21/2012
Andes to the Sea
Conductor, Kasar mie la gaji
04/29/2012
Andes to the Sea
Conductor, Oiga, Compae
04/29/2012
Lux Aeterna
Conductor, Tal vez tenemos tiempo
10/16/2011
Rejoice: Respighi + Rutter
Soprano, Lauda per la Nativit del Signore (Laud to the Nativity)
12/14/2008
The Maestro's Favorites
Soprano, Hymnus Amoris
04/20/2001
Home for the Holidays
Soprano, Lauda per la Nativit del Signore (Laud to the Nativity)
12/17/1995
Great Opera Choruses
Soprano, Regina coeli, laetare (Easter Hymn)
10/22/1995
Belshazzar's Feast
Soprano, Seven Ghosts
05/14/1995
Belshazzar's Feast
Soprano, Hymnus Amoris
05/14/1995
Mozart & Haydn
Soprano, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 339
02/06/1994
Elijah
Soprano, Elijah
10/10/1993
For Voices Only
Soprano, In the Beginning
03/07/1993
Black American Composers
Soprano, Kyrie
02/02/1992
12th Annual Messiah Sing-Along
Soprano, Messiah
12/14/1991
12th Annual Messiah Sing-Along
Soprano, Messiah
12/11/1991
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