Leala Blakeley

Teacher of Voice

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Leala has taught in a variety of locations and for a variety of ages including children’s choirs for ages 4-9, middle-school students, high school students, and senior citizens. She has performed in countless weddings and funerals in many different states and is also a gifted stage performer having performed in the opera scenes at Converse College and Catholic University with such renowned pieces as the following: “The Mikado”, “Suor Angelica”, “Il Nozze de Figaro”, and “Dido and Aeneas”. In Rome, she performed in the Summer Abroad Program Il Festivale Di Roma performing such classic works as “Don Giovanni” and again, “Suor Angelica”. She took the leading role in Spartanburg Repertory Company’s production of Brigadoon and was a performer in Prague where she sang in the famous opera, Carmina Burana.

She is an active cantor for two churches, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Spartanburg and Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Taylors. She graduated magna cum laude from Converse College in 2008 with a bachelors in Vocal Performance and was an active member of Delta Omicron and Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. She then went on to study in Washington, D.C. at Catholic University where she took courses towards a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy. She is currently finishing her thesis on the American approach to breathing and onset as it contrasts the four international schools of music, the French, the Italian, the English, and the German.

She is the mother of two children, Abigail and Nathan.