Monica Leone is a mezzo-soprano who recently earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Texas with her mentor, Dr. Stephen F. Austin. Teaching a healthy singing technique to singers of all ages is her passion.
She is a frequent soloist who has given concerts both locally, as a Steinway Hall Artist, and internationally, in Italy, both in Bologna and Pesaro. She performs regularly in the Metroplex with Stonebriar Community Church in their Concert Series as a soloist or in a select ensemble. She has also performed in operas at the university level and has performed oratorio work with the Tomball Community Chorus in Houston. She enjoyed living in Germany and Italy and is fluent in Italian. In addition to classical repertoire, Ms. Leone enjoys singing jazz and musical theater. She has been a featured soloist with the Carter-Jackson Trio here in Dallas and has also enjoyed soloing and substituting as a contemporary worship leader at a church in the area.
Ms. Leone earned a Bachelor of Music in Choral/Vocal Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she studied voice and pedagogy with the late Dr. David Jones and with Andrew Skoog. She employed this degree through five years of experience as a Choir Director at both the middle school and the high school level here in Texas, as well as teaching general music and Kodaly methods at an Elementary School where she also initiated an Honor Choir. She is regularly requested as an adjudicator for high school All-Region auditions, UIL Solo & Ensemble competitions, and master classes throughout Texas.
She is thrilled to join the music faculty at Texas A&M University–Commerce while maintaining a thriving voice studio in Plano, Texas.