Leigh Usilton

Leigh Usilton - Voice

Leigh Usilton is currently an assistant professor of music at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV. A native of Maryland, Dr. Usilton brings a wide range of musical experience to her teaching and performance, often highlighting the vast American musical landscape: music theater, art song, contemporary and commercial
styles, and the areas in between. Her research focuses on issues of vocal production and performance in music theater and contemporary commercial music, specifically the
female belt/mix voice.

She has performed leading roles in many musicals, favorites include The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), Urinetown (Hope), The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
(Olive), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma), 1776 (Martha Jefferson) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy). She has also
directed and music directed productions for students of all ages, from elementary to college.

Outside of the theatre, Leigh has performed professionally with The Auburn Knights Swing Orchestra in Auburn, Alabama, and was signed to MCA Nashville as a member of
the pop-country group McAlyster. She holds the D.M.A. in vocal pedagogy and performance from West Virginia University, the M.A. in vocal performance (music
theater concentration) from New York University, and the B.A in vocal performance from Salisbury University.

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