Since the age of 9, LeRoy has been perfecting his craft as a performing vocal artist, coach, teacher and trainer. He has travelled all over the world as a professional singer and has learned from the latest and greatest! LeRoy has the experience, the skills and the passion it takes to guide you!
LeRoy began studying voice at age 9, and by the age of 17 years old, he was Assistant Conductor of the California Boys’ Choir, teaching voice, music theory and ear training to young professional singers. He was responsible for preparing the singers for concerts and national tours as well as guest performances with visiting Opera companies, including New York City Opera and London's prestigious Royal Opera of Covent Garden.
He began competing in vocal competitions, winning 1st place in the Los Angeles Artists of the Future competition, 1st place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, 1st place in the National Opera Association, 1st place Schwabacher Award at the San Francisco Opera Merola program, and was one of ten 1st place winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City.
LeRoy’s career led him to sing leading roles at the major opera houses in San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, Dresden, Santiago de Chile, Geneva, Lisbon, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Auckland New Zealand and at the Chatelet & Paris Opera houses in France. He has been a guest artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago, Boston Pops, Detroit, Minnesota, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, under such eminent conductors as James Conlon, Sir Charles Mackerras, Gary Bertini, Valery Ghergiev, and Christoph von Dohnanyi.
LeRoy returned to Los Angeles and began working with different styles of singing, studying technique with some of the top R&B, Pop & Rock vocal trainers in Hollywood, expanding his already deep knowledge of the art of singing. He began teaching others in various styles of singing and discovering the importance of adapting his techniques to fit the ever changing styles of music. As a private vocal coach/trainer, LeRoy has taught young and old, techniques in Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Soul as well as Opera and Music Theater. He has helped Singers and Actors alike as well as those who simply want to improve the quality of their voice.
LeRoy attended the University of Southern California on full scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in vocal Performance. He studied singing, acting, and dance while working at the USC School of Cinematography. During summers, he traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform plays and musicals in repertory with Festival Theater USA. After attending USC, LeRoy began focusing on his career as a singer.
His other awards include the Robert M. Jacobson Study grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and he was the first recipient of an award from the Lotus Foundation which resulted in his debut recital at Carnegie Hall. LeRoy was awarded an Adler Fellowship with the San Francisco Opera Center and toured the US with Western Opera Theater. Performances included tours to Japan, Guam, Saipan and China.
LeRoy has toured as solo recitalist, singing in venues throughout the United States, under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management. He has toured throughout France as well as to Rome, Monte Carlo, Cologne Germany, Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia, performing with Kim Crisswell and Wayne Marshall in Leonard Bernstein’s Musical, Wonderful Town and Cole Porter’s Fifty Million Frenchmen. His recordings include the role of Sancho Panza in Fenelon's "Le Chevalier Imaginaire" (Erato label), and the title role in Monteverdi's "Il Ritorno d'Uiisse in Patria" (Nuova Era label). He also appeared in the BBC film of Amahl & the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti.
In addition to his work as a private Vocal Instructor/Coach, LeRoy has coached French diction for several productions at UCLA Opera. He has also given Master Classes at other college campuses, including Azusa Pacific University and Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. Currently, he is on voice faculty at Pasadena City College, where he teaches Music Theater Workshop and is Music Director for their mainstage Music Theater productions. LeRoy has also recently joined the voice faculty at Pepperdine University. Since 2006, LeRoy has had the privilege of working as Teaching Artist for LA Opera. He has taught, sung with and written librettos for their In-School Opera programs, Demo Tours and Opera Tales series. Through the incredible work of LA Opera Community Engagement, LeRoy is honored to serve tens of thousands of children, young adults and their family throughout Los Angeles, each and every year.
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