Blake and Esther Leopold bring a lifetime of experience and expertise to their instruction.
Blake Leopold was a merit scholar and majored in Opera Performance at Indiana University, the nation’s leading University for Vocal and Operatic studies. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Leopold was frequently cast in leading roles in Grand Opera as well as more light-hearted operetta. While at Indiana, he used his directorial gifts, to develop a program whereby large theatrical productions could be brought to a small stage.
Mr. Leopold is a consummate actor and singer and has received critical acclaim for his many stage appearances throughout the country. He has appeared in recital and as a guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. An accomplished concert artist, Mr. Leopold has toured the United States, bringing audiences to their feet wherever he performed.
Mr. Leopold has been teaching voice for nearly 35 years and, under his guidance, his students have excelled in the areas of musical theatre, opera, lieder, and jazz.
Specializing in vocal pedagogy and the diagnoses and correction of vocal faults, many of Mr. Leopold’s students have seen dramatic improvement in a short period of time. Consequently, his students have gone on to establish careers as singers, teachers and recording artists.
Mr. Leopold is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Schubert Society, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He is listed in Who’s Who among American Teachers and is ranked among the top 100 private voice teachers in America by Classical Singer magazine.
Esther Leopold holds a bachelor’s degree in piano and has been a professional piano teacher for over 30 years. In addition to teaching piano, Mrs. Leopold is an accomplished performer and has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout the United States. She has been a sought-after studio artist and accompanist, but her proficiency as a skilled pianist is best demonstrated in her teaching studio as she guides her students and helps them discover the joy of playing the piano. Her love of piano and teaching is reflected in the high percentage of students who, through the years, have decided to follow in her footsteps and pursue a degree in music education and performance.
According to Mrs. Leopold, her task is to bridge the gap between the student and Chopin. Those students who are lucky enough to study under Mrs. Leopold’s gentle guidance, do bridge that gap and receive the gift of a lifetime: the gift of music. Mrs. Leopold is accepting new students for piano lessons now.