April 24, 2019
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – World-renowned soprano Leslie Fagan has accepted a tenure-track position with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music.
Fagan has a long association with Laurier and has taught in the university’s Faculty of Music in various capacities over the past 10 years.
“We are pleased that an individual of Leslie Fagan’s calibre will continue to offer her expertise to our outstanding vocal students,” said Glen Carruthers, dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Music. “During her time with our faculty, she has shown that she is not only a brilliant performer but also a caring and creative educator dedicated to the success of her students.”
A recipient of the Order of Ontario, Fagan has delighted both critics and audiences alike singing at such distinguished venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London, U.K., and the Bordeaux Opera House in Bordeaux, France. She has participated in other notable concerts and operas across Canada, and in the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Spain. This June, Fagan joins the Oratorio Society of New York, led by Conductor Kent Tritle, in performing Handel’s Messiah in Kyoto, Japan.
“I am delighted to be joining the distinguished Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University on a more permanent basis,” said Fagan. “I love the sense of community I feel at Laurier. It gives me great joy to be a part of this supportive, caring environment where aspiring musicians come to hone their craft.”
Having recently returned from teaching masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music and the Julliard School in New York City, Fagan has herself been taught by renowned vocalists the world over, including Ileana Cotrubas of Romania and Martin Isepp of the U.K. Raised in Listowel and London, Ontario, and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Fagan is also a recording artist who has performed on both radio and television.
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Laurier’s Faculty of Music is dedicated to fostering artistic and scholarly development of the highest calibre and to providing a creative environment for student success. A national and international leader in higher music education, the faculty offers innovative, sector-leading programs.
This spring, Laurier’s Faculty of Music is launching its Making Space for Music campaign to renovate and expand the Waterloo campus music building and to create a dramatic new gateway to Laurier’s Waterloo campus. To find out more, visit wlu.ca/giving/making-space-for-music.
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