V o c a l S t u d i o
Dr. Evangelia Leontis has extensive experience teaching classical voice to singers of all levels, ages, and musical backgrounds. She strives to help students discover the tools they need to communicate with the world through the medium of music and always aims to teach the entire person; mind, body, and soul, by bringing compassion, empathy, and warmth to every interaction with a student. Her instruction is rooted in a thorough knowledge and understanding of vocal pedagogy and voice science that is complimented by a background in yoga and the Alexander Technique. She is also a lover of languages and has a passion for teaching and coaching lyric diction.
Previously, Dr. Leontis served on the voice faculties of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she taught Applied Voice, Song Literature, Lyric Diction, Vocal Methods, and directed the opera, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and Guilford College. She also taught courses in Applied Voice, Class Voice, Italian Diction, and English Diction during her time as a Doctoral Teaching Assistant at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She spent five summers serving on the voice faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Young Artist Vocal Program teaching voice, diction, and yoga for singers, as well as directing opera scenes. Dr. Leontis is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), an organization for which she regularly adjudicates, and the College Music Society.
In 2017 Dr. Leontis traveled to Bali, Indonesia to complete the YogaWorks 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. During this vinyasa yoga-based training she studied anatomy, asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and yoga philosophy, as well as restorative yoga. She is now exploring ways to incorporate yogic concepts of alignment, breath, and philosophy into teaching voice and is offering Yoga For Singers Classes and Workshops. She has presented workshops at the Boston Conservatory, Texas A & M Kingsville, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Keene State College, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the New School of Music, and Greensboro College.
Dr. Leontis is excited to join the faculty of Keene State College in fall 2019.
"Evan is a wonderful voice teacher. Her friendly demeanor, low-pressure guidance, and genuine interest in my academic and personal pursuits put me at ease from my first lesson with her. Don't be fooled, however- she has high standards and expectations for her students, which challenged me and sparked important growth. I felt comfortable and open while working with her, which encouraged me to try new techniques and explore the potential of my vocal range. Evan is not only a gifted teacher, but a true friend. I would recommend her vocal teaching to anyone!" -Summer Drum, UNC Greensboro voice student
"Evan is an amazing teacher, and I am so lucky to have studied with her over the summer. Evan's continuous optimism and unending support encourages optimal growth as a singer. Through personal experience and abundance of knowledge, Evan pinpoints areas of development and strengthens them intensively. In just six weeks, Evan added body to my middle range, focused my tone, and helped me utilize more effective breathing techniques. Evan's kindness and passion is incredibly inspiring and unmatched by others. Her bubbly smile and openness to questions makes her studio a truly comfortable environment. I would recommend anyone to take voice lessons from her!" -Stephanie Chee, BUTI YAVP student
"Evan Leontis has always taught her students in a kind and steady manner. She knows how to identify the strengths in her singers and to reenforce those strengths, while at the same time, weeding out their bad habits. If you need a singing teacher who knows her technique, go to Evan, but more importantly, if you need someone who has passion for what she does, definitely go to Evan." -Jeremy Toda-Ambaras, Guilford College voice student