Leslie Mangrum is thrilled to join the Voice Faculty at Bethany College. Ms. Mangrum is currently the Director of The Lyric Voice Studio. This premier voice and piano studio located in Salina, KS boasts many of the top performers in the region. Lyric Students receive training in theory, aural skills, music history, and languages in addition to their primary instrument study. Lyric students regularly participate in recitals and competition and are frequently seen performing at the Salina Community Theatre, Smoky Hill River Festival, Smoky Hill Street Fair, Salina, Symphony, and other exciting venues throughout the region. Ms. Mangrum is one of only a few Functional Singing Teachers in the state of Kansas.
Leslie Mangrum was formerly Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas Wesleyan University where she maintained a full teaching studio, directed the opera, and taught many classes for voice majors including diction, pedagogy, vocal literature, music history, aural skills, and acting for singers. She has also been a vocal instructor at Florida State University, Oklahoma City University, The Gaylord Academy of Music Theatre, Rose State College, and the University of Oklahoma.
Although teaching is Ms. Mangrum’s first passion, she also enjoys performing around the United States in opera, concert, and recital. She has performed with Wichita Grand Opera, Music Academy of the West, Opera in the Ozarks, Music Académie de Villecroze, the Florida State Opera, as well as with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Salina Symphony and Hutchinson Symphony. Some favorite roles include Semele, Gretel, Nanetta in Falstaff, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.
Ms. Mangrum is equally at home with concert work. She was recently a soloist with the Salina Symphony, performing an exciting concert of opera scenes. She has also performed Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. Ms. Mangrum has appeared with the Salina Chorale as the Soprano soloist in Camille Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Benjamin Britten’s A Cermony of Carols, and has performed cantatas including Scarlatti’s Su le sponde del tebro.
As a Doctoral candidate in Voice Performance at the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Mangrum studied with the incomparable Marilyn Horne. While at the University of Oklahoma, Leslie performed the roles of Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. She holds a Master of Music degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma State University.
Leslie Mangrum has won numerous awards including the 2012 West Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, First Place Winner of Oklahoma NATS for 6 years, the Benton-Schmidt Award, and the Dame Eva Turner Award. Ms. Mangrum was First Alternate at the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has been seen on PBS in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and her recording of Semele by John Eccles can be purchased from Regis Records.
As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Professor Mangrum has had many students succeed at the annual competition. She most recently had 5 students place at the 2015 Regional NATS competition. Professor Mangrum’s students can be also be seen performing with the Wichita Grand Opera, Opera Upper West, Salina Symphony, Salina Community Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Light Opera Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, and at Manhattan School of Music, Music Theatre Wichita, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as well as many other exciting theatres and universities.
In addition to teaching and performing, Leslie serves as Music Director as Sunrise Presbyterian Church. She directs the Chancel Choir, Children and Youth Choirs, and Handbell ensemble. She lives in Salina, KS with her husband, Scott Lee who is an administrator at Central High School, and her loving daughter, Clara.