Community Music School Instructor Wins Regional Voice Competition

Posted on 11/17/2016 8:53:24 AM

CYC Director Amber LeitschAmber Leitsch, IUP Community Music School private voice instructor and director of the Crimson Youth Choir, competed in the 2016 Tri-States Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, placing second in one category and winning in another. The competition was held November 12 at West Virginia University.

In the Senior Women, Classical competition, Amber placed second, and she was awarded first place in the Upper Division, Musical Theater. Other competing schools included the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, and Westminster College, among others. The 2017 competition will be hosted by IUP.

Amber is a senior at IUP where she is studying for her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, as well as her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance. In addition to directing the Crimson Youth Choir and teaching privately in the IUP Community Music School, she directs the Crimson Cords, an elite ladies a capella jazz ensemble.

During her senior year in high school, Amber won the prestigious Henry Mancini Award for her portrayal of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. She also performed as Motor Mouth Maybelle in Hairspray and appeared in three other musicals.

This past summer found Amber performing in two operas in Italy, and she is currently preparing her lead role as Rosaline in IUP’s upcoming production of Die Fledermaus. She has also soloed for four recent IUP commencement ceremonies with various instrumental ensembles.

Amber is an active and founding member of IUP’s Student National Association of Teacher of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association and sings with IUP’s Chorale and Chamber Singers, all while earning five scholarships, earning the prestigious Provost Scholar Award, and being on the Dean’s List each semester.