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I am delighted to join the ranks of the dedicated voice faculty at Texas A&M University–Commerce and I look forward to teaching, learning, and growing with my students.

Leanne Scaggs, DMA

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Adjunct Instructor of Voice

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Hometown
Arkansas
College Major
Vocal Performance
Year Graduated
2019

Praised for her “sparkling coloratura,” American soprano Leanne Scaggs is increasingly gaining attention for her musicality, “brilliant comedic timing,” and charm on-stage.

In 2017, Leanne made her Opera on Tap debut with the North Texas chapter, singing alongside her voice teacher, baritone Jeffrey Snider, in “Benedictus” from Mozart’s Requiem.

Dr. Scaggs made her debut with Ozark Family Opera Company in 2016 and plans to return in 2018 to collaborate for a fundraising gala. Additionally, Leanne has performed on operatic stages and concert venues across North America, France, and Germany with Opera Kansas, Opera in the Ozarks, John Harrison Opera Foundation, Franco-American Vocal Academy, and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.

An avid Mozart fan, Dr. Scaggs’ favorite performed operatic roles include Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro.) Other favorites include Sophie (Werther), Norina (Don Pasquale), and Emmie (Albert Herring). She is currently studying the roles of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Madame Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor) for future engagements.

Educational Background

  • DMA, Vocal Performance, University of North Texas, 2019
  • M.M., Opera Performance, Wichita State University, 2011
  • B.M., Music Education, University of Arkansas, 2008

Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Instructor, Voice Music, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2015-Present
  • Private Instructor, Voice, University of Arkansas, 2012-2015

Professional Organizations

Selected Performance and Professional Training

  • NATS 2020 Virtual National Conference, 2020
  • Vocal Pedagogy Workshop, Stephen Austin: Clinician, University of North Texas, 2017
  • Naked Voice Institute, W. Stephen Smith: Clinician, Northwestern, 2015
  • Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Germany, 2011 & 2013
  • Opera in the Ozarks, Arkansas, 2006 & 2010
  • Franco-American Vocal Academy, France 2009

Awards and Honors

  • Academic Achievement Scholarship, University of North Texas, 2015
  • First Place, Older Advanced Women, NATS Student Competition, 2014
  • Malcomb Hayward Fellowship, John Harrison Opera Foundation, 2013
  • Samuel Ramey Professional Development Grant, Wichita State University, 2011
  • National Finalist & West Central Division Winner, MTNA Young Artist Vocal Comp, 2011
  • Finalist in Concerto-Aria Competition, Wichita State University, 2010
  • Federation of Music Clubs Scholarships: Opera in the Ozarks, Arkansas and Kansas, 2010
  • Professional Development Grant, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, 2009
  • Sword of Honor Recipient, Sigma Alpha Iota, Sigma Omicron, 2008
  • Arkansas Region Winner, MTNA Young Artist Vocal Comp. 2007

Featured Courses

MUS 149 Restricted Applied Voice
MUS 151 Minor Applied Voice
MUS 152 Principal Applied Voice
MUS 352 Principal Applied Voice

Selected Community Involvement

  • National Vocal Competition Adjudicator, May 2020, Classical Singer National Convention Vocal Competition (Online)
  • Dallas Alumnae Chapter Editor/Historian, Aug. 2019 – Present, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Dallas, TX
  • Hospitality Co-Chair, Fall 2017, Texoma N.A.T.S. Regional Conference, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas
  • Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter Vice President of Ritual, Aug. 2008 – May 2009, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Fayetteville, AR
  • Sigma Omicron Chapter President Aug. 2007 – May 2008, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Founder & President Aug. 2005 – May 2007, Friends of Opera, Registered Student Organization, University of Arkansas
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