Blake Leister is a New Hampshire based professional musician and music educator with over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of musical settings.
Mr. Leister performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Choir and the New Hampshire Master Chorale and is a highly active collaborative pianist, freelance musician, and theatre music director.
Mr. Leister received his Masters of Music Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he researched the attitudes and perceptions of young male singers and the various influences on their participation in singing activities. In addition, Mr. Leister received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Since 2004, he has been the choral director at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, NH where he conducts 3 mixed choirs, teaches piano, guitar, and musical theatre classes, and also directs a glee club, select choir, and drama club.
Mr. Leister is a member of the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and has presented several workshops and lectures about working with middle school singers and specifically the boy’s changing voice. As a member of the New Hampshire American Choral Directors Association, Mr. Leister serves as the chairs for Junior High and Middle School Choirs and Membership.