Soprano Kayleen Sánchez, winner of the Barbara Staropoli Award
(Nazareth College), the Jan DeGaetani Award, the Devarian Award
(Rochester Philharmonic League), and the Buffalo Bills National Anthem
Idol Competition, is a rising star in the world of classical voice.
Kayleen’s recent opera roles include Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro by
Mozart), Sister Genevieve (Suor Angelica by Puccini), Euridice (Orfeo by
Gluck), Acteón (Acteón changé en biche by Charpentier), and Orfeo (Orfeo
by Rossi). Kayleen sings with St. Charles Singers in St. Charles, IL,
and with the Chicago-based Haymarket Opera Company.
Kayleen has performed as a soloist with Paul O’Dette’s early-music
ensemble Collegium Musicum, Steven Kennedy’s Schola Cantorum,
Apeiron, William Weinert’s Voices, and the Eastman Chorale. Kayleen has
participated in numerous summer programs, including Bel Canto
Northwest in Portland, Oregon; Si parla, si canta in Urbania, Italy; and
OperaWorks! in Northridge, California. Kayleen has performed and
premiered works at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and was
invited by Ellen Hargis to sing in the 2012 edition of “The Compleat
Singer,” a program of the Vancouver Early Music Festival.
Kayleen earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in Vocal
Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music, studying with
Rita Shane and Carol Webber. She has extensive experience in both
choral directing and also private vocal instruction for both adults and
children, and enjoys teaching students of all ages and experience levels.
Kayleen maintained a private voice studio in Rochester, New York, for over
five years, and taught voice at the Parkminster Music School and the
Kanack School of Music.
An advocate for singing in various styles,
Sánchez incorporates classical, jazz, and musical theater into her teaching
methods while emphasizing vocal health in all areas. Kayleen served as
Director of the Parkminster Music School from 2011–2012, and currently
teaches voice at Vero Voce, a visual and performing arts school in St.
Kayleen lives in Wheaton, IL, with her husband, pianist Paul Sánchez.