Our Artistic Director
Dr. Leaf is the Director of Choral Activities at North Carolina State University, where he directs three vocal ensembles and heads the choral program. He also founded the chamber consort, Voices of a New Renaissance, and was for many years choir director at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Durham.
Leaf’s work with singers emphasizes healthy vocal production and thoughtful musicality. He has served as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the country, and choirs under his direction have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. In recent seasons, he has performed with or prepared choirs for the North Carolina Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, the Raleigh Civic Symphony, and the North Carolina HIP Festival, among others.
Leaf sang for eight seasons as a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus in Eugene, as well as other professional ensembles including Conspirare-Company of Voices in Austin, Texas, True Concord in Arizona, and the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus in New York City.
Chorus Master for North Carolina Opera from 2008-2012, Leaf’s stage credits as a conductor, singer, and orchestra member include productions of La Cenerentola, Rigoletto, Tosca, Faust, Carmen, Il Trovatore, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Le Nozze di Figaro, A Little Night Music, and A Chorus Line, among others. His research on Swedish choral music has earned several publications, including in a feature article in Choral Journal, the primary publication of the American Choral Directors Association. From 2013-2017, he served as Editor of The Carolina Caroler, the newsletter of the North Carolina American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Leaf earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Valparaiso University and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in choral conducting from the University of Texas at Austin.
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