Teaching Artist Statement
As a teacher of singing, I believe whole-heartedly in my responsibility to unearth and set free each person's individual innate singing ability and voice, guiding them toward their personal greatest potential. I have very high expectations for my singers, and work with them to establish exciting, realistic, and attainable short and long-term goals that we can achieve together. As a singer with a substantial background in Vocal Pedagogy, my teaching is rooted in the physiological principles that produce beautiful and healthy singing. Learning the art of singing is a years-long process, and one that must initially focus on a solid foundation in breathing for singing, as well as control and stabilization of the middle or modal register. Though sound technique is at the heart of my teaching, I am first and foremost interested in utilizing this technique as a vehicle for discovering the incomparable joy that comes from making music. I am also very aware of my students' skill-levels, ages, and learning styles, and am careful to tailor my teaching accordingly.
Tenor Mark Leuning holds Bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance and French from Western Washington University, and a Diplôme avancé d’études françaises from l’Université Rennes II. Additionally, Mark studied vocal music at the Conservatoire de Rennes in Rennes, France. In spring 2014, Mark completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at The Boston Conservatory. His in-depth studies of vocal pedagogy include a focus on musical theater and classical vocal techniques, as well as an intense focus on stage performance. Mark has taught voice with The Boston City Singers, at The Boston Conservatory Vocal Arts Academy Extension Program, The French Cultural Center of Boston, and in his own private voice studio in Boston. During the summer of 2014, Mark taught French and French Diction to American singers in Paris, France, with The Franco-American Vocal Academy. He started teaching at SSC in 2014.
Tenor Mark Leuning holds Bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance and French from Western Washington University, and a Diplôme avancé d’études françaises from l’Université Rennes II. Additionally, Mark studied vocal music at the Conservatoire de Rennes in Rennes, France. He currently lives in Boston, MA, where he teaches voice and French. In Seattle, Mark studied singing with Charles Peterson and studied the performance of Early Music repertoire with Stephen Stubbs. He performed in David Lang’s Pulitzer prize-winning the little match girl passion (Northwest premiere) and Steve Reich’s Proverb with Seattle-based chamber vocal ensemble The Box is Empty. Other credits include Les Plaisirs de Versailles with L’Académie Baroque Orchestra in Boston, and the role of Pâris in Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène with the Opéra du Périgord in Périgueux, France. Most recently, Mark appeared as The High Priest in The Boston Conservatory’s acclaimed production of The Magic Flute, and in the spring performed the role of Maximilian in scenes from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Mark currently studies voice with Kevin Wilson in Boston, MA. He started teaching at SSC in 2014.