Lecturer of Studio Composition, Voice
Jamie Leonhart is a certified instructor of Somatic Voicework™ whose clients range in skill from touring artists to karaoke novices and range in age from 9 to 81.
She works with private middle and high schools in New York, coaching jazz and contemporary band singers and private students, as well as college-level singers at the New School in NYC. Leonhart is on Faculty for the Somatic Voicework™ Institute, a multi-leveled pedagogical approach to functional singing.
She has directed, written for, and performed as a soloist and ensemble member of vocal jazz ensembles, a cappella groups, gospel choirs, and Off-Broadway musicals. She is an accomplished vocal arranger and songwriter.
Leonhart leads performance and creative workshops and works with theater groups, choruses and small vocal groups. She works in collaboration with body workers and Speech Language Pathologists to serve her students holistically.
Leonhart is employed as both a commercial voiceover artist and vocalist (Kohl’s, Betty Crocker, Neutrogena brand, Tresemme, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and more) and also works extensively as a touring and recording background and session singer (Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, St.Vincent, Judy Kuhn, Paul Brill.) She was a soloist in the Metro Mass Gospel Choir and has performed in the 92nd Street Y Lyrics and Lyricists series.
Her debut record, The Truth About Suffering was released on Sunnyside Records. Leonhart is a 2015 commissioned NEW YORK VOICES artist of The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, under which she created her one-woman musical narrative, Estuary: an artist I mother story. Leonhart’s sophomore recording, The Illusion of Blue, was released in 2022.