Klein Oak High School Choir

22603 Northcrest Drive

Spring, TX 77389

832-484-5003  

 Mr. Kritikos I jkritikos1@kleinisd.net

Mrs. Leal | hleal1@kleinisd.net

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Private Lesson Instuctors

Ms. Brennan Blankenship, M.M.

                                      Brennan Blankenship has moved back to the Spring/Klein                                           area after earning her B.A. in Music from Pepperdine                                                     University and her Masters  degree in Music from the                                                   University of Minnesota to open a voice studio for singers                                            who are looking for classical vocal training.  As a past                                                   student of local voice teacher Diana Stoerzbach and two-                                             year member of the Texas All-State Choir, she knows what it takes to be an effective singer both chorally and as a soloist. She is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus and has performed many opera roles across the country. Miss Blankenship has been studying music for fifteen years and teaching voice for seven. She strives to make lessons fun while working hard to make every minute count. If you want to know more about Miss Blankenship's operatic career and upcoming performances, please visit her website at brennanblankenship.com

 

If you are interested in taking lessons, please contact the Klein Oak choir directors or Miss Blankenship at brenlblank@gmail.com.

Mr. Benjamin LeClair, M.M.

                                            Benjamin LeClair is an internationally recognized singer                                              and dedicated music educator.  He holds a Masters in                                                    Vocal Performance from Northwestern University and a                                                Bachelor of Music Education from Wartburg College. As                                                a soloist, Mr. LeClair has appeared on major stages in                                                  the United States, Holland, and in Germany where he                                                    gave over 150 performances as the lead bass soloist                                                    with the Oldenburg State Theater.  A firm supporter and                                                proponent of choral music, he has sung with numerous professional organizations including Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, a group founded by his vocal instructor, Thomas Wikman.  He is proud to be a part of the Klein Oak HIgh School’s music department and has dedicated himself to helping private students and ensembles make beautiful, technically excellent music.

If you are interested in taking lessons, please contact the Klein Oak choir directors or Mr. LeClair at leclair_ben@yahoo.com.

Jan Cornelius, M.M.

 

                                               Opera News describes Jan Cornelius as a "wonderfully                                                      attractive soprano with a solid core, tipped with a silvery                                                      edge." Most recently she made her debut with The Lake                                                       Houston Musical Arts Society to much acclaim singing the                                                   soprano solo of Verdi’s Requiem. She was also guest artist                                                   with the Summer Garden Opera in Virginia singing the role of                                               Violetta in La Traviata in June this year.

 

Ms. Cornelius has enjoyed success singing the several opera roles including Fiordilidgi (Cosí fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Micaela, (Carmen), the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, as well as both Musetta and Mimi in La Boheme. She has sung leading roles with Fort Worth Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Birmingham Opera, Atlanta Opera and Virginia Opera. Internationally, she has sung with Oldenburg State Theater,Theater Hof, and the Festival Lyrique de Belle-Ile en Mer.

 

She is a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts where she sang a wide repertory of roles including Arabella (Arabella), Giorgetta (Il tabarro), Countess Madeline (Capriccio), Anna Bolena, Silvana (La Fiamma), and Violetta (La traviata).

 

Ms. Cornelius has distinguished herself in numerous competitions. She most recently won the Ft. Worth Opera/Mc Cammon Opera Guild Competition, as well as receiving a top prize in the Marcello Giordani Competition. She has earned first prize in the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition and the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition. In both 2009 and 2010, she represented the Mid-Atlantic Region as a semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition and received grants from Opera Index.

 

Jan currently resides in Houston,Texas with her two children and bass-baritone, Ben LeClair. She maintains a thriving private voice studio at Klein Oak High School and Lone Star College - Kingwood.