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Jeff Leigh

Dr. Jeff Leigh is an active performer, composer, and teacher in the Naples, FL area.  He is the former Asst. Professor of Theory and Composition at Wheaton College, and currently teaches at both The Village School Performing Arts program and at ICON (post-secondary conservatory for special needs students).  Jeff has performed as a violinist with the Naples Philharmonic (2005-2019), as well as the Akron Symphony (2002-2005).

Jeff has an active career as a violin recitalist and composer. Composition and improvisation are constant tools in his musical belt as he seeks to expand how the traditional violin is commonly used. Using a loop station and effects processor, Jeff creates entire musical landscapes, live. His concerts include performances at a variety of venues; Naples Botanical Gardens Night Lights Series, Marco Island Center for the Arts, Wright Opera House, and Blue Sage Arts Center.  Additionally, his work as a composer includes collaborations with visual artists such as Ann Dettmar, Arturo Samaniego, John Costin, and Emily James, at a variety of art galleries.

Jeff’s compositions have been performed by: Naples Philharmonic Chamber Series, The Village School Ensembles, the Composers for Beauty Forum, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, the Cygnus Ensemble, and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. His discography includes 2 CD albums (I Must Decrease, The Christmas Sessions). You can find more info and examples of his work on his website: jeffleigh.com

Jeff’s education includes a PhD – CUNY Grad Center (Provost Fellow) – where he studied with David Olan and David del Tredici, two MM degrees (Composition and Violin Performance) from the Univ. of Akron – studied with Alan Bodman, and a BM from Indiana University – where he studied with Henryk Kowalski and Franco Gulli. He is also a former fellow with both Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival.

Jeff is married to Ashley Leigh, the love of his life. Together, they have three wonderful children: Ryan, Adam, and Addison. Jeff also serves as an Associate Pastor at Calvary Chapel Naples. He leads evangelism, outreach, discipleship classes, and also participates with the worship ministry. Jeff…wears a lot of hats.