Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw is best known to audiences around the world as the host of the popular television series In Concert on EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Now in her 25th year as the producer, writer, and on-air host of In Concert, she has worked with Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI, Italy), EuroArts (Germany) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS, United States), among others.. Dr. Leary-Warsaw is the Dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She previously served as the Chair of the Department of Music, Artistic Director of the Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts, and Associate Professor of Music at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama (U.S.A.).
As a classical soprano, she has been heard in opera, oratorio, solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Her solo performances include the Instituto Paulo VI (Santiago, Chile), Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul Cathedral (Troyes, France), Organization of American States (Washington, D.C.), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Opera America, Musicana Enterprises, Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Birmingham's City Stages, AlabamaOperaWorks, and numerous other opera and symphonic organizations. Some of her favorite roles performed include Sophie (Werther), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Isabelle/Madeline (The Face on the Barroom Floor), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Baby Doe (Baby Doe), Lucy (The Telephone), Kathryn (The Reformed Peasant), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Nora (Riders to the Sea), Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), and Judith in the world premiere of Erni's Still Life. As a concert singer, Dr. Leary-Warsaw has been heard as soprano soloist in Mozart's Vespere Solennes de Confessore, Coronation Mass, Missa Brevis in D, Missa Solemnis in C minor, Missa Solemnis in C major, and Requiem, Schubert's Mass in G and Mass in C, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn's Missa Brevis Sancte Johannis de Deo, and Die Schöpfung, Handel's Messiah, Bach's St. John Passion, Vivaldi's Gloria, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Orff's Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and Honegger's King David. She can also be heard as soprano soloist on recordings of Mozart's Coronation Mass (EWTN) and Schubert's Ave Maria (EWTN). In demand as a singer of new art music, she has sung original works in collaboration with such composers as Lori Laitman, Henry Mollicone, Vivian Adelberg Rudow, Elaine Hugh-Jones, Jan Vicar, Sylvia Glickman, Robert G. Patterson, Dorothy Hindman, Monroe Golden, and Tracy Mendel.
Dr. Leary-Warsaw has received national recognition as a voice teacher, researcher, and writer. Since 2013, she has been a regular contributor to Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, having published numerous reviews on books related to vocal performance and literature, musicology, composition, and aesthetics. Dr. Leary-Warsaw's work Nineteenth-Century French Art Song of New Orleans: A Repertoire Study was recognized by the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as a "genuinely important work in American music history", for which she was awarded the Peabody Career Development Grant. Among her published research and writings are works about French-text
American art song, vocal works of women composers, children's opera, and sacred and liturgical music of the Catholic Church. Her work has appeared in publications by the National Opera Association and the former Opera for Youth Journal, among others.
An active pedagogue, clinician, lecturer, and master class teacher, Dr. Leary-Warsaw has presented programs for numerous colleges, universities, academic conferences, and professional organizations including the Accademia dell'Arte (Arezzo, Italy), Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile), Classical Singer Magazine, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Opera Birmingham, Opera for Youth, Inc., National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Society of Arts and Letters, and National Opera Association. Dr. Leary-Warsaw has served in leadership positions with the National Society of Arts and Letters (national, state) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (regional, state). She has adjudicated national voice competitions sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Classical Singer Magazine, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. A recipient of the NSAL Medal of Honor, Dr. Leary-Warsaw was recognized for her work with famed conductor/opera director Sarah Caldwell at the National Society of Arts and Letters National Career Awards. Additionally, she is a proud "alumna" of the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Internship Program, in which she was one of only 12 voice professors chosen from throughout North America to participate. Her voice students have attended many of the country's most competitive top tier graduate schools and conservatories, and have won regional, national and international competitions including the Internazionale di Canto Lirico "Francesco Albanese" Opera Competition, Lotte Lenya Competition (Kurt Weill Foundation for Music), Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and Miss America Pageant, among numerous others. Many are enjoying careers in opera, musical theatre, commercial music, and television in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Europe.
Dr. Leary-Warsaw serves on the national adjudication panel for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). She is a founding member of the Catholic Arts Council at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., co-founder of the Alabama Sings! organization, and is the Alabama Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Dr. Leary-Warsaw holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute (Peabody Conservatory of Music) of Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America, and a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Louisville. Her principal teachers and mentors have been Ruth Drucker, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, JoAnn Kulesza, Thomas Grubb, Elaine Bonazzi, Martha Randall, Marilyn Cotlow, Andre Montal, Margery Lowens, and John Spitzer. She is a member of the College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and Legatus. Dr. Leary-Warsaw and her husband, Michael P. Warsaw, are blessed with two children, Michael, Jr. and Angelica Elizabeth.