Ciara's Piano Journey
Ciara de Leon is a Vocalist, Classical Pianist, Accompanist, Singer/Songwriter and Music Teacher. With 11 years of performing, Ciara has taught a range of students from beginners to experienced adults. She has studied piano for 16 years with master teachers nationwide, including Dr. Gary Wolf, Rollins College, Dr. Kevin Orr, University of Florida, and Stella Pola, Mannes School of Music in NYC. She has participated in master classes and intensives at Julliard, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Stetson University. In addition, she was the 1st place winner of Florida State Piano Concerto Federation Competition in 2007 and winner of the Gold Cup Senior Concerto Competition in 2010.
Singing has become one of Ciara's passions and studied Vocal Performance undergraduate and master's level in University of Florida and Virginia. Ciara has studied vocal studios with Brenda Smith Dr. Mindy Damon, Kimberly Sanders Randall, and Melanie Galiardo. Her love of performing blossomed when she moved down to Orlando being involved in the musical theater scene as a singer, actress, and musical director. Currently she teaches piano and voice from her home studio Explore Studios, and performs at Universal and Disney as an actor and singer. She was nominated as one of the finalists for North Florida's Singer Songwriter Annual Award and was top 50 in The Voice Experience.
Through her skillsets, Ciara has served as a Musical Director and Accompanist for several professional productions including Legally Blonde, Aida, Last 5 Years, Rock of Ages, and Company. She also served as Music Director for youth summer theater camps including Theatre South Playhouse, Central Florida Community of the Arts, and Magic Curtain Productions.
With all of that said, Ciara loves adventure, travelling, meeting new people, and is strangely fond of alpacas. Her favorite color is blue and is obsessed with cookie butter while watching re-runs of the Princess Diaries. She lives each day with the hope that one day her music will help empower those closet performers (like she once was) to find their voice and live out their musical dreams.