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Leah Crowne

Founder of

Crowne Voice


Leah Crowne incorporated Crowne Voice in 2022 after a twenty-year career teaching serious singers of all ages and levels. With loyalty to bel-canto techniques, she empowers her students to sing confidently at auditions and performances. Her priority is to meet her students' career and vocal needs with a collaborative, interactive approach. Thus she recognizes and supports the individuals who embody these talents, in addition to cultivating the talents themselves. Crowne Voice is not a singer factory. Instead, it is a place of holistic practices encompassing voice, body, mind, and ambition. 


About her performing career:


After earning a master's in music and the subsequent decade of teaching voice at Gettysburg College and Mount Saint Mary's University, Leah Crowne was asked over drinks to step in for the role of Turandot when the Italian diva Barbara DeMaio was unable to do it. Rave reviews opened the door for performing it three more times at the Belmont Theater in Pennsylvania, Opera Company of Middlebury in Vermont and her European debut with Opera Bergen at Grieghallen in Norway. Ms. Crowne went on to cover Tosca and Elizabetta in Verdi's Don Carlos at Sarasota Opera, then sang the role of Kundry at the Metropolitan Opera Guild's preview concert of Wagner's Parsifal. She was invited to perform Salome at Opera Fort Collins and Elektra at the New York Chamber Festival. She performed recitals at the Plassons Estate in Bezier, France, Carnegie Hall in New York, and St. Paul's Actors Church in London at Covent Garden. She has recently performed Ortrud in Wagner's  Lohengrin and Isolde in Tristan und Isolde at The Series at Royal Square in York. 

Affiliations: National Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera America, Opera d'Oro, Everybody Can, The Voice Foundation

Kevin Short



Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is thrilling audiences around the globe in a wide range of repertoire ranging from Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, to Verdi's Attila and Don Carlos, and Bizet's Carmen.

In north america Kevin has performed multiple roles with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Pacific, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Indianapolis Opera, Utan Symphony, Opera de las Americas, Opera Memphis, Berkshire Opera Company, Nashville Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Birmingham, New Jersy Opera Festival, Kentucky Opera and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis to name but a sample of the many companies where he's performed.

Making Switzerland his home now for a number of years, Kevin is also coming to the attention of european theaters and has performed at Paris' Opera Comique, Theatre Caen, Grand Theatre du Luxembourg Oper der Stadt Koln, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Theater Aachen, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Theater Basel, Theater Bern, Theater St. Gallen, and Teatro Nacional di São Carlos in such roles as Attila, Philippe in Don Carlos, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles in Faust, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Escamillo in Carmen, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Figaro and Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Porgy in Porgy and Bess.

Important festivals with which Kevin has performed include the Bregenzer Festspiele, Baden - Baden, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, France; Sarasota Opera Winter Festival, the Saito Kinen festival in Matsumoto, Japan, and festivals in Beijing, China; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Granada, Valencia, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Rob Yacoviello 

Voice teacher for:

Kids, Teens, and AdultHobby Singers

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Rob Yacoviello teaches in person lessons in York, PA. Rob is known as one of the most trusted and popular teachers in the Susquehanna Valley. His students perform at the The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, The Fulton Theater, DreamWrights Theater, The Belmont, and one of his students was the original Matilda on Broadway!

Maria Russo

Dramatic Soprano


Maria Russo’s first prize win in the prestigious German Radio Music Competition in Munich launched her international singing career and brought her to many of the world’s greatest opera houses. As a “fest” singer she spent early years in Stuttgart and Linz and then nine years at Vienna State Opera and Vienna
. During this time she was also traveling the globe as a guest artist in
opera and concerts.

Miss Russo began teaching privately in 2006 and as a member of the
Philadelphia Vocal Academy/Philadelphia Girls Choir faculty in 2012. Her position
as the Executive Director of The Voice Foundation, a research and education
organization, added knowledge and perspective to the vast singing and teaching experience. This particular collection of skills and abilities gives her the singular tools needed to teach upcoming singers.

Maria Russo has given Master Classes at a long list of festivals and universities.
In 2023 she will be teaching at the Zapopan Opera Festival in Mexico and
presenting at the medical conference International Tutorial Symposium Salzburg, Austria- VOICE CARE ON STAGE. August 18, 2-23. This summer her students
are currently singing throughout the United States, South America and Europe.
They are are participating in the San Francisco Opera Merola Program, the
Seagle Festival and in the Belle Artes Young Artist Program in Mexico City.

Colin Johnson


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Dr. Colin B. Johnson, bass-baritone, is a dynamic educator, performer and researcher.

Dr. Johnson avidly teaches private voice lessons in a variety of genres including both classical and contemporary commercial music. As an instructor, Dr. Johnson follows the needs of each student finding an ideal approach best suited for the student’s needs. Dr. Johnson has also taught class voice at Shenandoah Conservatory and classes on practice methods and semi occluded exercises at York College of Pennsylvania and Mary Baldwin University.

Dr. Johnson has been heard in many opera houses and theatres across the country as well as in Germany and Italy. His voice has been described as “ebullient” in roles such as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Méphistophélès in Faust, Caspar in Der Freischütz, and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti. He has performed with Opera Colorado, Des Moines Metro Opera, Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Lancaster, and Opera Naples. His other concert works include Baritone Soloist in Brahms' Requiem, Elijah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bass Soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Handel’s Messiah. 


Recently, Dr. Johnson successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on The Application of Motor Learning Feedback in the Singing Voice Studio completing his Doctor of Music in Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory. Dr. Johnson has presented this research at national symposiums including the Voice Foundation and the Pan American Vocology Association. Dr. Johnson is also a National Center for Voice and Speech trained Vocologist. In addition, Dr. Johnson completed an internship with Dr. Sid Khosla, renown otolaryngologist at University of Cincinnati Health where he observed laryngeal surgery, voice treatment and therapy at the Voice and Swallowing Center. Dr. Johnson continues to study the benefits of motor learning in singing in addition to practical voice acoustics.

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