Teaching Philosophy

  1. Establishing a trust between teacher and student so that student knows he/she is supported and teacher has student’s best interest in mind.
  2. Through the distribution of basic skills and Socratic discussion, teacher encourages student to be confident and autonomous.
  3. Students are allowed to take risks knowing what they do is part of the learning process.
  4. Mastery of detail as well as the overall arch of expression is essential in developing a well rounded student.
  5. Feeling confident with the learned skill set, student is self assured and can move forward into the professional arena.


“LeAnn Overton exceeds every expectation one might have in a coach- she is equally skilled in coaching repertoire that spans many musical periods as well as crossing over to musical theater.  LeAnn is an incredible linguist and always begins by examining the text/ libretto and nuances of each language.  She challenges her singers, displays strong musical and dramatic instincts, listens closely, is consistently honest and is extremely supportive and knowledgable.  I am proud to have collaborated with LeAnn on numerous concerts, recitals, auditions and operatic projects over the last seven years (since working with her as a Masters student at Manhattan School of Music). She is a rare gem and I encourage any rising singer to work with her given the opportunity.”


“I was fortunate to meet Ms. Overton at the beginning of my studies in voice. It was one of the great benefits of the program I attended. What I have always appreciated and relied upon was her honesty and her ear—both equally as strong. No matter what kind of material I brought to her—musical theater, pops, classical—she treated them with equal weight, with dexterity and with kindness. She had no problem with my combining genres in an effort to help me “find” my sound.”

ERIN QUILL, Carnegie Mellon University
Original Broadway Company AVENUE Q


“I was lucky to have LeAnn as my vocal coach while preparing for my Masters Recital at Manhattan School of Music. She is the perfect blend of interpretation and technique along with encouragement and honesty. She has a great ear for both classical and non-classical music which is why she is my first call whether I’m preparing an opera role or a cabaret show. She gives me the confidence I need when I step on the stage. I know she is with me 110%”

ELIZABETH EIEL, MSM, Voices of Women

“I owe much of who I am as a singer and musician to LeAnn Overton. Her knowledge of repertoire and diction are unmatched and her pianistic skills are amazing. She is, by far, the most caring and nurturing coach one could ask for.”

STEPHEN TOTTER, Carnegie Mellon University
Artist/Lecturer in Voice, CMU

“Thanks again for everything!! This has been such a wonderfully unforgettable semester. I am so thankful for the great opportunity to work with you as both my director and coach—and to be able to be a part of a production that truly showcased everyone’s performing abilities. Not to mention all the hard work you invested in all the stage preparation and blocking! It has been truly an honor.”

KIMBERLY CHIMENTO, Montclair State University

“LeAnn Overton is a pedagogue with a mission! Her What to Look for in Music is a must for any singer interested in finding and communicating the meaning of an art song or aria.”

GORDON OSTROWSKI, Assistant Dean, Opera Producer, MSM

“Thank you so much for your amazing contributions to this program. I can’t imagine a more gifted, knowledgeable, and dedicated group of colleagues. And you are the MOST FUN! Thanks for the intense work, the beautiful performances, and the laughs. I have nothing but admiration for all of you and it is my honor to work with each of you!”

MARTILE ROWLAND, Director Vocal Arts Symposium, Colorado Springs

“Congratulations on a fine concert last night and what a fabulous audience we had! You always come up with the best programs—so much variety and fun! Brava!!!”

DAUNE MAHY, Director Oberlin in Italy

“Definitely a standing O! Congrats, LeAnn for taking a large, young raw group and shaping them into an evening of theatrical and musical entertainment! There was imagination, character, commitment, energy, thematic unity, musical integrity, fun… you did not pander but instead gave them honest challenges to tackle. Bravissima!

But as good as your kids were, you were the star!! Your positive energy was written all over the evening, from concept to conducting. Thanks so much for a delightful time.”


“I want to thank you once again for your dedication in bringing Monday’s opera scenes performance to fruition. You have an eye for detail and there were many entertaining effects. You got some sparkling performances out of the students!”

JEFFREY GALL, Professor at Montclair State University

“I learned a study discipline and the foundation of classical style with LeAnn and I’m forever grateful for it. Working with LeAnn is a part of my life I will always treasure.”

DERRICK DAVIS, Long Island University Post Campus
Broadway LION KING

“LeAnn Overton is an inspiring and motivating coach. I was extremely fortunate to coach with LeAnn for five years while in undergrad and two years in grad school. Throughout our coachings, LeAnn provided a safe haven to experiment and instilled a confidence and skill set that have prepared me for future engagements. She selflessly gave her time and provided a support system that encouraged and nurtured my soul. Because of LeAnn’s direction, I have performed with many opera companies nationally and internationally. I am truly grateful to her and for her and value her expertise to this day.”

LAUREN HABER, Long Island University, Post; Manhattan School of Music

“LeAnn Overton has been a primary member of our opera outreach team at Manhattan School of Music for many years. We all know that she is a consummate musician. But beyond that, she possesses the true outreach spirit! She is enthusiastic, happy and energetic from the moment we start loading up the outreach van early in the morning! She is a role model for our graduate students who are learning how to perform in non-traditional concert spaces. LeAnn leads them by example that YES, you can perform a Mozart in a school cafeteria at 9:00 a.m.!!”

REBECCA CHARNOW, Director of Community Partnerships at MSM


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