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Leslie Garbis

Leslie Garbis, classical voice adjunct faculty

Leslie Dorst Garbis received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  She has been featured in dozens of regional productions of theatre, opera, revues and cabaret in the Southeast and on cruise ships.  Leslie can also be heard on several studio recordings.  Possessing an interest in many facets of the performing arts, she has also choreographed, directed and conducted various musical theatre productions and choirs.  She has also worked for many years as featured soloist and section leader of church choirs.  In the fall of 2000 Leslie was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship at the University of  Miami School of Music; there, she completed her Masters of Music in vocal performance in the spring of 2002.  Leslie sang with the Florida Grand Opera Chorus and was a cantor at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Naples, Florida.  Additionally, she enjoyed performing local cabaret shows in the South Florida area.  Most recently Ms. Garbis taught voice at AMDA  in New York City, and also was a featured performer in BMI workshops, workshopping new works of NYC musical theater composers.  Before that   she was on the voice faculty at Barry University, the University of Miami and in the music theatre division at New World School of the Arts, all in Miami. 

Her love of Pilates started while she sought a way to alleviate her own lower back pain.  Leslie immediately fell in love with the method and found that it not only helped her own posture and back issues, but was also a perfect complement to her performing and her voice teaching.  Bodywork had always been a passion for Leslie who had experimented with Alexander Technique, Feldenkreis, Trager, Bio-energetics and Yoga.  However, Pilates really resonated with her the most.  She received her mat certification from All-American Pilates in West Palm Beach and is the midst of her Reformer certification with Polestar in NYC.  She also taught a masterclass to the opera department at UM using the principles of Pilates to help singers achieve better sound and more power.  Most recently, while living in New York, Leslie was a Pilates instructor at Erika Bloom Pilates Plus, Premier Physical Therapy/Pilates and her own studio in Woodlawn.

She has returned to Nashville with her husband and young son where she taught Music Together classes as a certified director and instructor for 3 years.  She has also enjoyed being a repeat guest lecturer with Girls Up Loud, an annual summer camp for teen girls in East Nashville. Presently in addition to teaching at Belmont, she has her own private studio, teaches workshops, and homeschools her son part time.