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By William Leyerle

Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged 1986

The first edition of this book was widely acclaimed by reviewers, singers, teachers and students as an outstanding basic text on vocal development for voice class, beginning voice majors, and for studio use. The 1986 edition expands the volume from 7 to 12 chapters and incorporates a highly improved format which reflects the refinement of ten years' use in the author's studio and classrooms.


I. International Phonetic Alphabet 1
II International Phonetic Alphabet 2
III Voice Classification
IV Vowel Focus Exercises
V Vowel Migration Charts
VI How To Study A Song
VII Imposto
VIII Register Coordination Exercises
IX The Blind Men And The Elephant

...This is an excellent book, initially intended as a basic text on voice production for college or university class voice students and voice majors. It is equally valid, however, for all singers and for teachers of singing... It is a pleasure to welcome William Leyerle’s valuable contribution to the field of vocal pedagogy.
Richard Dale Sjoerdsma
The NATS Bulletin, September/October 1979 (Now Journal of Singing) from a review of the first edition

189 Pages Smyth-Sewn Paper Illustrated

ISBN 0-9602296-6-3




Photograph UnavailableI SING — THEREFORE, I AM
By Gordon Myers

Long over-due, but finally available, Leyerle Publications is happy to present this autobiography of one of America’s outstanding men of music: Singer, vocal pedagogue, composer, arranger, historian, author, humorist, and just an all-around great guy!
Although the working title, for quite some time, has been How To Cultivate Your Voice Without Plowing It Under, we must caution the reader that the implication of levity inherent in that title might be somewhat misleading. I SING — THEREFORE, I AM is a serious and thought-provoking document which incorporates a microcosm of Gordon Myers’ life, both humorous and dismal, as well as points in between. That he is willing to share his life will be an inspiration to all who avail themselves of the experience.

xxi + 423 Pages Paper Bound Smyth-Sewn

ISBN 1-878617-25-7



TEACHING OPERA: The Role of the Opera Workshop
With scene catalog
By Kathryn Cathcart and Willene Gunn

Foreward by Lotfi Mansouri

In his foreword to this new volume, Lorti Mansouri states:   "Having been the product of an Opera Workshop (U.C.L.A.) and involved in the creation of young artist programs with opera companies in Europe and North America, I have rarely seen as instructive and practical a guide for developing young artists for a career in opera as Teaching Opera.   The talented and dedicated team of Kathryn Cathcart and Willene Gunn has put the culmination of a more than 20-year collaboration of practical experiences in the classroom into this book.   I had already seen the results of their work while I was General Director of the San Francisco Opera and had the opportunity to work with several graduates of the Opera Program of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.   I realized then that these young singers had received a solid foundation on which to build a career... Teaching Opera should prove invaluable to a great many people in the opera world... introductory chapters, which will delineate a mode of instruction that should be helpful to anyone involved with the preparation and development of aspiring young opera singers, assisting them in the development of their voice, body movement, mind and personality - all the tools to help make them complete artists for a future career in opera."

viii + 440 Pages Hard Cover Linen Binding Smyth-Sewn

ISBN 1-878617-75-3



Photograph UnavailableTHE MEMOIRS OF AN OPERA BUG
By Beaumont Glass

This autobiographical argosy of his own fascinating life is quite a different approach from his highly acclaimed German Lieder translations and IPA transliterations of the complete song texts of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss. Drawing from his more than 50 years as a professional opera coach and stage director (including 19 years with the Zurich Opera and 18 years as Director of Opera Theater at The University of Iowa), Professor Glass shares many vignettes from his personal and professional experiences that will certainly prove interesting, enlightening, amusing and, perhaps, daunting, for the student and professional singer, vocal coach/accompanist, conductor, opera producer, stage director, and particularly, the opera-lover. Although now retired from the University of Iowa, Professor Glass, at age 80, continues to direct professional opera productions, lecture at various universities, and, with his wife, Evangeline Noël, team teach opera and Lieder at A.I.M.S. (American Institute of Musical Studies) each summer at Graz, Austria.

Debra Greschner states in her NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) review in the January/February 2008 issue of Journal of Singing: "In true operatic fashion, Glass offers an overture ot whet the audience's interestwith some random vignettesof his experiences as stage director, coach, and accompanist..A useful aspect of the bookis a discussion of the role of the coach and stage director. Glass explains what is expected of both in opera productions. Aspiring voice students, coaches, and stage directors would be well advised to read these sections. The author's accounts of his association with many of the great singers, conductors and directors of the later part of the twentieth century are interestingto read, and opera enthusiasts will enjoy his recollections. Best of all, Glass is not cynical or jaded about opera; he is still as captivated with the art form as when he first heard Faust. Readers will find his love for opera contagious."

In his review in Opera Now, May/June 2008, Richard Fawkes states: "For 19 years, the American musician Beaumont Glass was a vocal coach at the Zurich Opera House, working with some of the most eminent singers of the time: Rene Kollo (whom he coached for his first Tristan), Teresa Berganza, Reri Grist, Simon Estes, Hildegard Behrens - the list really does go on. He also worked at the Salzburg Festival, spent four summers at Aix-en-Provence, ... and was a stage director... Glass is one of those unsung musicians without whom opera houses could not function. He has seen and observed it all and he recounts his anecdotes in a lively, gossipy fashion. His trenchant views on the role of the stage director will strike a chord with many. Throughout his career (he left Zurich to become Director of Opera Theatre at Iowa University), his guiding principle was always to get others to share his love of opera. His is an enthusiasm that leaps off every page of a book that's very hard to put down."

227 Pages Smyth-Sewn Paper Back

ISBN 1-878617-69-9



by Gordon Myers and Philip W. Smith

Learn vocal pedagogy a la Gordon Myers’ latest approach to THE ART OF BELLY CANTO: Saying it with pictures! This volume contains 86 pages and 39 hilarious photographs of Gordon Myers, taken by Philip W. Smith, with appropriate commentary by Gordon Myers. The volume is much more than just another monument to the art and science of vocal pedagogy. In the Prologue to this book, Dr. Myers states, “Some say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and because I’m not sure I know how to spell a thousand words, I have decided to use pictures to demonstrate my skills as a teacher of singing.” And so he has!

Leyerle Publications interrupts its tradition of excellence with the announcement of this radical little text...the revolutionary impact of Myer’s approach to the subject of singing deserves immediate attention... Gordon Myers is to pictorial pedagogy what Peter Schickele is to manic musicology. He gives the lie to the execrable rumor that there is no humor among voice teachers...”
Richard Dale Sjoerdsma,
The NATS Journal [Now Journal of Singing]

86 Pages Smyth-Sewn Paper

ISBN 1-878617-02-8 New lowered price:




Photograph UnavailableTHE DEATH OF MOZART
By James Willey

Dr. Mabry says it all:

It is rare when one finds a new musical composition which seems to have everything: humor, pathos, beautiful melody, camp, originality, drama, unique characterizations, instrumental and vocal challenges, opportunity for set and lighting design, and a good cause for collaboration between singers and instrumentalists. THE DEATH OF MOZART by James Willey is just such a rare vehicle for the ambitious producer of new music. This twenty-minute piece, composed in 1975 and revised in 1980, was written for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Group for New Music, Charles Fussell, director. It has had several performances and is published by Leyerle Publications... THE DEATH OF MOZART is a theatre piece for soprano, narrator, and chamber ensemble of flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, percussion (4 timpani, tambourine, sand blocks, triangle, suspended cymbal, pair of cymbals, pedal cymbals, large cowbell, tam-tam, small gong, vibraphone, tubular bell, 2 wood blocks, xylophone, rachet, 3 tomtoms, snare drum, small bass drum, large bass drum) and cello, plus technicians and a conductor. The piece is a skillfully crafted musical setting of the almost totally incorrect account of Mozart’s death contained in Reverend D.H. Mansfield’s THE AMERICAN VOCALIST, published by W.J. Reynolds and Co. in 1849..... The silliness of this fallacious account is captured beautifully by the composer in a setting which speaks of beauty, chameleon-like color changes, vocal and instrumental absurdity followed by tour-de-force requirements and an incidental use of popular styles such as rock, march, soft-shoe, and waltz. At times there is an overall feeling of derangement, only to be followed by something like a lovely hymn tune. Willey concludes the work with a meditation and a more serious, accurate account of Mozart’s death, which provides a satisfying emotional contrast..... This piece would be a stunning addition to any concert or even opera evening. The technical requirements need careful attention, but it is well worth the effort.
Sharon Mabry
The NATS Journal, [Now Journal of Singing] Mar./Apr. 1992

35 Pages (over-sized 11 X 15) 4-Ply Paper Cover

ca. 18-20 Minutes Instrumental parts and Player-Piano

Tape available by rental from LEYERLE PUBLICATIONS

Full Score new lowered purchase price:



(40 Years of Musical Mishaps)
By Andrew Foldi

A collection of humorous reminiscences by the famous basso who has performed in virtually every major opera theatre in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Cincinnati Zoo Opera, Glyndebourne, the Santa Fe Opera and the Zurich Opera, just to name a few.

ii + 113 Pages Paper Binding Smyth-Sewn

ISBN 1-878617-28-1 Illustrated



By Robert M. Isgro
Piano/Vocal score for a new musical loosely based on O.Henry's classic short story, The Gift of the Magi, with words and music by Dr. Robert M. Isgro.

xii + 149 Pages

Comb Binding

Piano/Vocal Score alone: $25.00

AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS is loosely based on O.Henry's touching short story, The gift of the Magi, published in 1906. O.Henry's classic tale has delighted readers with its warm sentiment and surprise ending for over a century. AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS expands upon O.henry's basic story with the addition of fourteen originals songs and several new characters and incidents. Much of the new material and many of the songs express the thoughts, hopes, frustrations, and emotions of the protaganists, Jim and Della. Additionally, some of the songs offer wry observations about other aspects of Christmas in America; hence, the title: AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS.

Dr. Robert M. Isgro is a native of upstate New York. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Columbia University in New York City and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. While an undergraduate student at Columbia University he contributed original music to its annual Varsity Show. Through subsequent years his principal activities have centered on being Director of Choral Activities, conducting, teaching and being Chair of the Music Department at SUNY Geneseo. He held the post of Chair of the Music Department for more than half of his 35 years tenure there. Under his direction there, his select choir, The Geneseo Chamber Singers achieved an envious international reputation, with well-received performances at prestigious national and regional music and professional conventions-including several for the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National conference, the College Music Society, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition, the Geneseo Chamber Singers made eight concert tours to Europe, with performances in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, France, and Spain, and produced nine volumes of recorded choral music.

The purchase of the Piano-Vocal Score of AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS carries with it permission to perform any of the selections in the publication in a concert, recital, or cabaret setting. However, to perform a staged production, performance rights must be obtained directly from the composer. In addition, the full score - orchestrated for piano, synthesizer, drums, and bass - full script, vocal and instrumental parts are available from the same source, as is an excellent demonstration CD containing virutally all of the music of the show. For further information regarding these and performance production rights,
Robert M. Isgro
13 Melody Lane
Geneseo. New York 14554
Phone: (585) 243-3316


By Nico Castel

We are proud to announce that Leyerle Publications has now assumed production and distribution of Nico Castel's highly esteemed book of Spanish lyric dictation, formerly published by Excaliber Publishing. This makes a fine addition to Mr. Catel's opera libretti, currently numbering 24 volumes.

World renowned tenor, conductor, and opera entrepreneur, Plácido Domingo, states in his Forward to this volume, "...My long-time friend and colleague, Nico Castel, has written a book that is indispensible to the English-speaking singer wishing to acquire the skills necessary to sing in Spanish. First and foremost, it addresses the Castillian idiom, but also explores the Latin American variants needed to sing music from the New World....Nico has written an eminently useful book, and it is my sincere wish that it will help stimulate interest in the music of my heritage."

xi + 164 Pages Smyth-Sewn Paper

ISBN 0-9627226-9-3



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