Leia Elizabeth Wasbotten
Soprano/Belter, Vocal Coach
Performance and Teaching Experience
Whether being on the stage or in the studio, Leia has found a multitude of ways to project her passion for singing. She has been an Alto in the Grammy-Award winning 28-voice ensemble, The Phoenix Chorale, since 2015 where she has soloed in numerous works including Handel's And the Children of Israel Sighed and Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert Series. She has participated in many other professional choral gigs across the Phoenix Valley such as the Bach Madrigal Society and Solis Camerata's features in Ramin Djawadi's tour of Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience and Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY with The Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Arnie Roth.
Along with professional vocal performance experiences, she has performed on stage in many musicals and operas such as Mark Adamo's Little Women, Into the Woods, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has most recently been seen on stage in Arizona State University's Lyric Opera Theatre's production of Bernstein's Mass, as well as Phoenix Theatre Company's New Works Festival singing in Look Up! The Music and Lyrics of Janine McGuire and Arri Lawton Simon.
A vocal coach since 2014, Leia has aided students to success in performing at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, in community theater productions, and for auditions all over the country. Along with private voice lessons, she also presents master classes to high schools and community choruses around the Phoenix area, specializing in vocal health and technique. Leia currently teaches voice and vocal pedagogy at Mesa Community College while simultaneously pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University..
"Leia is a talented, patient, creative teacher who brings out the best in her students. She is technically very sound. My daughter is never happier then when at a voice lesson. She has gained much needed self-confidence and experienced noticeable growth in her abilities. Most important, she loves lessons!"
Tracy, parent of student
"Every week I look forward to voice lessons with Leia. She pushes me to my full potential. we sing all genres of music from classical to pop to most of all, musical theater. She is constantly motivating me every time we sing and is an excellent teacher. Each week I am improving because of Leia."
"I brought my 17 year-old daughter to Leia to help her prepare for her role as Fruma Sarah in the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Leia did a great job of helping Dani shape and polish her talent to a professional level... Also, Danielle enjoyed her voice lessons to the point where after each lesson she'd spend most of the car ride home going on about how well it had gone and things she'd learned. And Dani really likes Leia's teaching style, which, of course, adds to the enjoyment. I would highly recommend Leia to anyone looking for a voice teacher."
John, parent of student
"I am so fortunate that I found Leia when my daughter wanted to start taking singing lessons at age 12. After her first lesson with Leia, my daughter, starting with little confidence in her singing voice or even herself, left smiling, confident and excited about further lessons. Leia not only helped her gain confidence in her singing, but overall confidence in herself. To see her during a recital totally own her rendition of "Don't rain on my parade" will always be one of my favorite memories. I am not sure who was more proud of my not-so-little girl that day, me or Leia.
A year or so later my daughter convinced me to pursue one of my life long dreams and take singing lessons myself. Leia's patient, supportive and creative approaches have helped me find my voice and I couldn't be more grateful.
I look forward to sharing the joy of singing with her and my daughter each week and I would recommend Leia to anyone looking to improve their voice, whether it be a seasoned professional looking for coaching, a kid just getting started in performance or a mom in their 40's following up on a life long dream."
Jen, parent of student and student
"Leia is not only a wonderful singer, she is a remarkable instructor. After a year working with Leia, my son received the “Most Improved Singer” award in his middle school choir. After his second year with Leia, he was selected for the Advanced Choir Ensemble as a freshman in high school. She truly helped my son find his voice and his place in the world. I will forever be grateful for having met her."