Catherine Thorpe

Voice Instructor

Soprano Catherine Thorpe received her training at Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard Opera Center and has been praised by The Washington Post as having “a voice of liquid silver.” She has enchanted audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Asia- Pacific in numerous operatic roles, orchestral concerts and solo recitals. A versatile musician and vibrant and engaging presence on stage, Soprano Catherine Thorpe is equally comfortable performing numerous vocal styles, from Opera to Early Music to premiers of new works to Big Band standards. For many years she was the featured Girl Singer with the famous Swing-n-Sway with Sammy Kay Orchestra on stage and appearing on specials broadcast by PBS stations across the country.  
Ms. Thorpe will offer 30-minute VIRTUAL voice lessons in the Choral Boosters program

Leslie Spitz-Edson

Piano Instructor

Leslie Spitz-Edson received her B.A. with a major in Music from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she studied piano with Sanda Schuldmann Clark. She also holds an M.A. in Music History and Musicology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. When she first moved to this area she worked at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and later for the Folk Masters Concert and Radio Series. She believes that music is a language that everyone can learn and she loves helping students make it their own. Her children both are recent GMHS graduates. She has taught piano privately in Falls Church City since 2003. 
Ms. Spitz-Edson will offer 30-minute VIRTUAL piano lessons in the Choral Boosters program