Vocal Workshop

Saturday,  July 28th
10am to 12:30pm

Have you ever wanted to sing better, but didn’t know where to start?

Whether you have problems matching pitch, creating the sounds you’ve always wanted, or making your voice more free and easy as you enjoy your favorite music, this workshop is for you! Join the operatic talent and vocal instructor, Leslie Naeve, as she takes you through the basics of vocal technique and proper sound production, addresses common vocal problems and how to work through them, gives you the knowledge of how to adjust vocal technique for any style of music, and gives you an opportunity for both group and individual instruction. Music is such an important part of our lives, and so many of us experience it daily for joy, enrichment, and growth. Come and grow your voice with us this summer!


Free for CUMC members with advance registration; $10 for non-members. To register, email Music Director Kevin Naeve.

About Leslie Naeve

Leslie Ann Naeve, Mezzo-Soprano, is a graduate of Oakland University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.  She has been teaching since 2000 after graduating from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  Leslie has studied a variety of vocal techniques, as well as movement styles such as ballet, mime, and Alexander Technique.  Additionally, she has participated in nearly all aspects of theatrical productions in both musical theater and opera: singing, dancing, choreographing, costuming, and directing.  While strongly rooted in the classical style, she is able to transfer these techniques to other genres of music, thereby, giving her students a strong foundation in vocal studies that relates to all idioms.

As a performer, Leslie’s recent credits include the role of the Mother in Main Street Opera Theatre’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti and Ruth in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. With Metro Opera Workshop of Detroit, she performed the role of the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia by Britten. She has been a soloist for Music with Heart, a charity concert supporting research to battle heart disease.  Additionally, Leslie has performed Mahler’s song cycle Kindertotenlieder with Bizarchestra, and has sung as the alto soloist with Early Music Festival of Detroit’s performance of Handel’s Messiah.  With regards to choral singing, Leslie was a staff singer with the professional chorus of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Detroit for 10 years.  And last month, Leslie sang with a professional chorus contracted by the DSO for their performance of Puccini’s Turandot.

Leslie’s greatest joy in vocal music is the ability to tell a story.  Aside from vocal technique, this is the greatest point of emphasis with her students, as this is the realm of the voice – the one aspect that truly sets it apart from any other instrument.