Soprano Kayleen Sánchez, winner of the Barbara Staropoli Award (Nazareth College), the Jan DeGaetani Award, the Devarian Award (Rochester Philharmonic League), and the Buffalo Bills National Anthem Idol Competition, is a rising star in the world of classical voice.
Kayleen has performed with the Chicago-based Haymarket Opera Company, the Newberry Consort, the St. Charles Singers, Paul O’Dette’s early-music ensemble Collegium Musicum, Steven Kennedy’s Schola Cantorum, and William Weinert’s Voices. Her recent opera roles include Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro/ Mozart), Sister Genevieve (Suor Angelica/Puccini), Euridice (Orfeo/Gluck), Acteón (Acteón changé en biche/Charpentier), and Orfeo (Orfeo/Rossi). She has participated in numerous summer programs, including Bel Canto Northwest in Oregon; Si parla, si canta in Italy; OperaWorks! in California, and “The Compleat Singer” at the Vancouver Early Music Festival. Kayleen has premiered works at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and will premiere a new song cycle by David M. Gordon in the 2013–2014 season.
Kayleen earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Rita Shane and Carol Webber. She has extensive experience in both choral directing and also private vocal instruction for all ages, and incorporates classical, jazz, and musical theater into her teaching methods while emphasizing vocal health in all areas. Kayleen served as Director of the Parkminster Music School from 2011–2012, and currently teaches voice at Vero Voce, a visual and performing arts school in St. Charles, IL.