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Kimberly LeedsVoice Teacher
Mezzo-soprano Kim Leeds is a native of the Chicago area and is currently based in Boston. Noted for her, “rich, smooth mezzo-soprano,” (St. Louis Post), Ms. Leeds is equally at home in early music and oratorio traditions as she is in contemporary music. Highlights from the 2016-2017 season include alto soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Bach Society of St. Louis, alto soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Cantata Singers, and alto II soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Music at Marsh Chapel. Other notable recent engagements include alto soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with Cantata Singers, alto soloist in the world premiere of The Most Sacred Body of Jesus by composer James Kallembach, and Irene in Handel’s Theodora with Music at Marsh Chapel. In 2016, Ms. Leeds won the inaugural Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Choir’s Vocal competition which culminated in a performance of Zelenka’s Missa Omnium Sanctorum as a soloist with the ensemble. That summer, she attended the American Bach Soloists Academy where she covered the role of Apollo in Handel’s Parnasso in Festa. This past summer, Ms. Leeds attended the Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow and sang the role of Estate in Marcello’s oratorio Il Pianto et il Riso delle quattro stagioni. As a choral artist, Ms. Leeds has toured Italy and Germany with the Junges Stuttgart Bach Ensemble under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann, performed with the Berwick Chorus at the Oregon Bach Festival conducted by Matthew Halls, and toured Eastern Germany under the direction of Helmuth Rilling at the Weimar Bach Academy. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Mannes School of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2014.