Professor of Music

Karen Leigh-PostKaren Leigh-Post, DMA is on the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, and has engaged in interdisciplinary studies with notable innovators in singing-acting, movement, and performance psychology throughout her performing and teaching career. Her extensive study of the interaction of the mind and body includes cognitive neuroscience and functional anatomy. Dr. Leigh-Post’s research presentations at National Association of Teachers of Singing conferences (2010 and 2012) and at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Australia (2013) have been described as “charming, amusing, but dispensing valuable information every second” (Shirlee Emmons), and “whimsical, intelligent, practical and brilliantly communicated” (Pat Wilson). Her publications include an Anthology of Art Song for the Sacred Service featuring works by contemporary American composers (Classical Vocal Reprints) and the recently released Mind-Body Awareness for Singers: Unleashing Optimal Performance (Plural Publishing, Inc.).

Leigh-Post earned a doctorate of musical arts under the tutelage of master teacher Shirlee Emmons (LU ‘44) at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, is a two-time winner of both the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and regional Outstanding Mezzo Award, and has sung various lead roles in the US and abroad. Critics described Ms. Leigh’s Carmen as “a very attractive heroine with a striking mezzo soprano” and commended the “well-formed supple lines of her Venus” (Tannhäuser), and her dramatic portrayal of Maria Callas (Master Class) was heralded as “brilliant in her depth of character.” Dr. Leigh-Post is also pleased to note that alumni from her studio enjoy active careers, performing with notable opera companies, symphonies, and vocal ensembles such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York Philharmonic, and Chanticleer.

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