Performer and pedagogue LeAnn Overton currently serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Ms Overton has taught on the faculties of CW Post Long Island University, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Chautauqua Voice School, New York Actor’s Studio and the Mannes School of Music. Summer festivals and opera companies include Oberlin in Italy, Midsummer Music Festival in Quebec, Vocal Arts Symposium of Colorado Springs, Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, in association with Cincinnati Conservatory, Cincinnati Opera, and Tulsa Opera.
Since 2000 Ms. Overton has enjoyed collaborating with stage director Gordon Ostrowski, Assistant Dean of Opera Studies and Production at Manhattan School of Music. She has served as his music director for the Precollege Opera Scenes, Educational Outreach and Undergraduate Opera Theater. At Montclair State, she designed an opera workshop course aimed at the specific needs of the undergraduate vocal major. In addition to directing these programs, she also conducted the fall 2010 opera scenes at Kasser Theater on the Montclair campus.
In 2005 Ms. Overton recorded Race for the Sky with soprano Lisa Holsberg. This CD, with music by Richard Pearson Thomas, features poetry found in the makeshift memorials after 9/11.
A proponent of the Alexander Technique, Ms. Overton has often collaborated with AT instructor Bill Connington in classes designed for the singer.
Ms. Overton earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Coaching/Accompanying at the University of Illinois with the world-renowned accompanist John Wustman. She has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2003 and a surtitle caller at the Metropolitan Opera since 2000.