Baritone Brian Leeper is the Vocal Area Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches Studio Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and directs the Opera Workshop. An active soloist and clinician, he also presents masterclasses and recitals at Colleges and Universities across the US and abroad. He is currently Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, a five week opera festival in Novafeltria, Italy, where he was previously a voice faculty member for six years.
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. He has appeared as soloist in oratorio with conductors Robert Shaw, Leon Botstein, Robert Page, Weston Noble and Vance George. Solo appearances in the past three seasons 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, 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, and has done further graduate study at the Florida State University. Brian currently holds the office of President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and in 2011, he was the recipient of the Instructional Excellence Award for Academic Staff at UW-Whitewater.