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Leslie Mangrum has performed throughout the United Stated in opera, concert, and recital. She has performed at 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 and Salina Symphony. She has performed roles ranging from Handel to Strauss. Some favorite roles include Semele, Gretel,Nanetta in Falstaff, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.
Professor Mangrum is equally at home with concert work. She was recently a soloist with the Salina Symphony, performing Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. And will appear in an upcoming Opera Scenes Concert. Ms. Mangrum has also appeared with the Salina Chorale as the Soprano soloist in Camille Saint-Saens and has performed cantatas including Scarlatti’s Su le sponde del tebro.
Ms. Mangrum is a Doctoral candidate in Voice Performance at the University of Oklahoma where she studies 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.
Professor Mangrum is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas Wesleyan University where she maintains a full teaching studio, directs the fall opera, and teaches many classes for voice majors including diction, pedagogy, vocal literature, and acting for singers.
As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Professor Mangrum has had many students succeed at the annual competition. Professor Mangrum’s students can be seen performing with the Wichita Grand Opera, Salina Symphony, Salina Community Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Light Opera Oklahoma, and many other exciting theatres and universities.
In addition to teaching and performing, Leslie serves as Music Director as Sunrise Presbyterian Church. She lives in Salina, KS with her husband, Scott Lee, and their 3 dogs and 1 cat.