Mezzo soprano, Leneida Crawford was acclaimed as “an exceptional new performer” by Andrew Porter in “The New Yorker” and the “San Francisco Chronicle” described Crawford as “a fine-grained mezzo-soprano of remarkable agility with viola-like colors.” The “Washington Post” agreed, characterizing her as a “rosy, unblemished mezzo…”
Crawford made her New York solo debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Solo assignments soon followed with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Eric Leinsdorf, the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and the National Chorale. She has appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, Maryland Opera Studio, Music from Bear Valley, and Eastern Opera. Well known to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore audiences, Crawford has appeared as a soloist at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Kennedy Center with The Paul Hill Chorale, Washington Oratorio Society and The Choral Arts Society of Washington. In addition, she has performed with the Fairfax Symphony, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Cayuga Chamber Symphony. Crawford has recorded on the Albany and VOX labels and has appeared on CBS and PBS.
Dr. Crawford is an Associate Professor of Voice and the vocal division leader at Towson University in Baltimore Maryland. She teaches applied voice and vocal diction. She also team teaches Vocal Literature and Pedagogy and is the associate director for Music for the Stage.