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  • Singing, writing, composing, research interests - the musics of African derived religions in the Caribbean and their role in ritual healing.

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  • University of Trinidad and Tobago
    • Present

  • University of Trinidad and Tobago
    • Academy for the Performing Arts
    • Assistant Professor of Voice
    • January 2014 to Present

    Known for her riveting operatic and concert performances over the past thirty-five years, Leah Brown’s dramatic mezzo could be heard recently singing the roles of Giovanna in Opera Vivente’s Rigoletto, Monisha in an MSU production of Treemonisha and appearing in UConn Opera Theater productions as Baba in The Medium and Tituba in The Crucible. In 2005 she debuted the role of “Sarah”, Jefferson’s mistress, in a new opera, Jefferson and Poe, composed by Damon Ferrante that received very favorable reviews in Baltimore and New York. She most recently appeared as the Alto soloist in Mendelsohn’s Elijah in Jamaica with renowned bass, Sir Willard White in the title role and in recital with Canadian/Trinidadian soprano Beverly Bronte-Tinkew. Dr. Brown graduated summa cum laude from Talladega College and subsequently received an MA from Morgan State University and a DMA from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include the musics of African derived religions in the Caribbean and their use in ritual healing. She has presented papers at the IAFOR 2015 Conference, “Healing Sounds and the Orisa of Trinidad and Tobago”, and College Music Society National Conferences; “Earthtones: Exploring Cultures through Song”, 2012 (Co-presenter: Dr. Mary Ellen Junda) and “The Healing Songs of the Orisa of Trinidad and Tobago”, 2010. Leah has previously received a Cacique award for Best Original Score for Dansé and wrote music for the Immortelle Theatre’s “Waves of Hope”. “Jumbies”, her first full length musical play, formed part of a paper presentation, “Jumbie Gone Global: Performing Resistance in Trinidad and Tobago Culture” at the Barcelona – International Conference on Research in Social Science & Humanities in August, 2018. Dr. Brown is currently the Head of Voice and teaches Ethnomusicology at the Academy for the Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago where she is also the Programme Coordinator for the Artist Diploma in Music Performance.

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