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Liesl M. Dromi, M.Mus., is a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano and voice teacher. She is Director of Music Theatre/Opera and Instructor of Music (Voice) at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR.

Since she first sang in public in a children’s chorus at the age of 2, Ms. Dromi knew that singing and performing was her life’s calling. She was inspired by great music all throughout her formative years, thanks to her parents’ example as proficient amateur musicians, her grandfather’s LPs of Joan Sutherland, and the pianistic genius of her sister, Hannah Mindeman. Many a summer evening was spent learning arias, poring over Opera News, and rhapsodizing about Mozart and Verdi.

Ms. Dromi began formal vocal study at the age of 15. She placed 2nd in the high school division of the NATS Southern Region vocal competition during her first year of study, and went on to place as a finalist four more times in subsequent years. She has had the privilege to study with Dr. Kristi Whitten at Belmont University, Mr. Paul Smith at John Brown University, and Dr. Yvonne Dechance.

Ms. Dromi received her Bachelor of Arts (vocal performance concentration) from John Brown University in 2006, graduating magna cum laude. While at JBU, in addition to giving two successful full-length recitals, she prepared and performed numerous opera and musical roles, including Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors), the Plaintiff (Trial by Jury), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), the Witch (Into the Woods), and Cunegonde (Candide).

Ms. Dromi received her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at Belmont University in 2009. During her time at Belmont, she was mentored by Dr. Jennifer Coleman and spent two semesters learning from speech language pathologist Jennifer Muckala at the Vanderbilt Voice Center. She was awarded a graduate assistantship her second year, teaching private voice to 7-10 students per semester. Also during her second year, she performed the role of Monica in Menotti’s The Medium in Belmont’s Opera Theatre production. Her graduate work culminated in the presentation and performance of her enthusiastically-received lecture recital, entitled “From Score to Performance: Finding the Baroque Spirit in the Use of Piano Reductions for Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen by J.S. Bach and Silete Venti by G.F. Handel.”

After her graduation from Belmont, Ms. Dromi operated a private voice studio for 5 years, bringing quality instruction to semi-professional and amateur singers in Northwest Arkansas the surrounding region. She was awarded an Independent Teacher Fellowship by the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2014.

Ms. Dromi has taught at John Brown University since 2013, first as adjunct instructor, then joining the music faculty full-time in 2014. She also serves as assistant choirmaster at Grace Episcopal in Siloam Springs, AR. When she is not teaching or performing, she can be found reading Mo Willems to her three children, or watching anything Vince Gilligan with her husband.

Ms. Dromi is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was inducted into the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda in 2009.