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Henry Leck Biography

Henry Leck

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An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is an associate professor and Director of Choral Activities at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1986 he became Founder and Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, one of the largest children's choir programs in the world. The Touring Choirs of the Indianapolis Children's Choir have performed regularly for National ACDA, MENC, OAKE and AOSA Conferences. Additionally, ICC tours internationally every year, having sung in prestigious concert sites throughout Great Britain, Greece, Scandinavia, Europe, South America, North America, Mexico, Guatemala , Australia, New Zealand and China. In 2004, the Touring Choir performed in the Czech Republic and Russia, recording live with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in the famed Pavel Slobodkin Center for Music.

Mr. Leck is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central and Northwest Divisional Honors Choirs. In the spring of 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and on three occasions has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE. In 2010 he will conduct the ACDA National Children's Honor Choir. Mr. Leck has conducted international festivals including the Musica Mundi Tuscany Children's Choir Festival in Italy, the International Children's Choir Festival in Beijing, China,the International Children's Choral Festival in Canterbury, England. and the Vienna Children's & Boys Choir Festival with the Vienna Sangerknaben. He conducts the Curso Internacional de Regencia Coral in Brazil where he founded the ARCI Sao Paulo Children's Honor Choir. He is the Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Pacific Rim Festival in Hawaii. He recently conducted the Tokyo International HS Honor Choir in Japan, the International Festival of the Americas and the Festival Internacional de Coro de Ninos en Mexico. For sixteen years, he has conducted the National Youth Choral Festival in Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques, the child's voice, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and the boy's changing voice.. He has produced three teaching videos titled Vocal Techniques for the Young Singer, The Boy's Expanding Voice: Take the High Road and Creating Artistry through Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He is a lead author for the choral textbook series published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe titled Experiencing Choral Music and is also the editor of two nationally known choral series published by Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce, Inc./Plymouth. Each year he teaches a conductor's workshop entitled Creating Artistry . He has recently completed his first textbook, Creating Artistry through Choral Excellence.

In 2007, Mr. Leck was a recipient of the prestigious Indiana Governor's Art Award. This award is the highest state honor which can be received in the arts. Also in 2007, he became a recipient of the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship studying music performance practices and collecting children's music in South Africa. Mr. Leck's studio grand piano is provided by Meridian Music.

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