Hello! Thank you for looking at my profile. I am Michael Leonas and I live in the city of Chicago. I played the clarinet since I was a 5th grader in my middle school band. Growing up, I also learned the auxiliary instruments of the clarinet family. I studied performance at Syracuse University in New York and earned my Masters degree in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music. I currently play small gigs throughout the Chicagoland area. I play in a small orchestra in Hyde Park where I perform principal clarinet. When I'm not performing classical literature, I am playing tenor saxophone with a small group out in the suburbs performing covers. I also play in numerous pit orchestras for theater musicals. In Chicago, I performed musicals such as "Bye Bye Birdie," "Hello, Dolly!," "Little Shop of Horrors," and "Anything Goes." I play the flute, oboe, and saxophone in these productions. I also play the bassoon! I studied bassoon with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. I believe the bassoon is a beautiful instrument and is closest of the woodwind instruments to the human voice. In my studio, we will study the technique and mechanics of woodwind playing. I create a stress-free environment where we learn about our abilities. I love to play duets with my students as this is the perfect opportunity to explore the energy of the student and learn the student's outcomes. I also love exploring the student's interests and creativity. As a reward, I will occasionally transcribe their favorite song and allow them to play it at a lesson. On special occasions, I feature my students at my studio recitals and premiere pieces I personally composed. When I am not performing on my woodwind instruments, I love to study my voice. As a bassist, I love exploring new pieces of literature that explore the vocal mechanism of the bass range. I study voice with my colleagues and plan to join an organization where I will perform bass. I also accompany my students at solo and ensemble contests. As their teacher, I feel it is important I be their accompanist as they are learning a new piece of literature.
National Band Association, National Association for Music Educators