Leslee Helen has been lauded as a dynamic stage performer, with a depth of emotion and warmth of tone that pleases any audience. With a Master's Degree in Voice Performance from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a Bachelor's Degree from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, her natural talent is equally matched by her musical expertise. She is a versatile performer, experienced not only on the operatic stage with a broad range of roles such as Violetta (La Traviata - G. Verdi), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte - A. Mozart), and Mrs. Jessel (The turn of the screw - B. Britten), but also as a soloist in works such as Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Mass in C, and John Rutter's Requiem. She has also devoted many years to liturgical performances, serving a cantor and interim choir director at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville, and a soloist and section leader for numerous churches throughout DeLand, Florida, Knoxville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Born into a musical family, Leslee was surrounded by parents, brothers, and sisters alike who possessed instrumental and vocal talents. Her primary influences have been her father, a signed recording artist, singer, and guitarist in London in the 1960's, and her mother, a former opera singer turned rock & roll front-woman in London during the same era. She continues to study the Old Italian School with Swedish influence teachings of maestro, David L. Jones and records regularly with organist and pianist, Dr. Ronald Ellis of Charlotte, NC. She is passionate about the art of pedagogy and previously maintained a voice studio of more than 20 students, and enjoys collaborating with local blues singer/pianist, Duane Adams of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Leslee enjoys connecting with her local community and can often be found participating with church and musical outreach organizations throughout the city. Recently, she has worked with such organizations as the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, Covenant Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Charlotte, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, Knoxville Opera Company's Community Outreach Program, and more. She can also be found singing at weddings and recitals throughout the city, an opportunity she feels allows her to give back to her community and spread the joy of music with others.