Amber Leitsch is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During her four years there, she earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance. She also studied privately with Dr. Mary Logan-Hastings, Dr. Maria Fenty-Denison and was under the direction of Dr. Ryan Beeken and Dr. Oliver Lo.
Amber and her family knew from a very early age that music would become her life.
In high school, Amber was fortunate enough to attend the Blackhawk Music Academy where she studied music theory as well as arranged and directed pieces for both the chorus and the band.
Amber won the prestigious Henry Mancini Award her senior year for her portrayal of Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the Beast” and also performed as Motor Mouth Maybelle in “Hairspray” along with joining in three other musicals.
She also studied vocal performance was the famous Dr. Misook Yun at Youngstown State University.
During the summer of 2015, Amber was honored to have been invited to sing in two operas in Italy and also performed the lead role, Rosalinde, in IUP's production of “Die Fledermaus.” She has also soloed for four recent IUP commencement ceremonies with various instrumental ensembles.
Amber was the director of the IUP Crimson Youth Choir from 2016-2017 and the director of IUP’s Crimson Chords, which an elite female Vocal Jazz ensemble. Amber still creates original arrangements for them today.
Also during her time at IUP, Amber put on two solo recitals and she was an active and founding member of IUP’s Student National Association of Teacher of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association and sang with IUP’s Chorale and Chamber Singers, all while earning five scholarships, earning the prestigious Provost Scholar Award and being on the Dean’s list each semester.
In November of 2016, she competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in both Upper Collegiate Women Music Theater and Upper Collegiate Women Classical, won first place in Music Theater, and second place in Classical. Currently, Amber is a teacher in Indiana county, directs musicals, and teaches private voice students in the IUP Community Music School, as well as privately. She is currently studying Classical, Music Theatre and contemporary vocal techniques with Dr. Maria Fenty-Denison.
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