Profile: Leighann Narum

Department of Arts, Culture and Media

Leighann Narum, classical guitar, applied studies, Rutgers-Newark, Dept of Arts, Culture and Media.
Described as "a fiery performer" by Oscar Ghiglia, American classical guitarist Leighann Narum lived for nearly 5 years in Spain where she studied and later taught and performed. She was one of just two American soloists in the prestigious Foro Madrile?o de la Guitarra Cl¨¢sica II, held in Madrid's Centro Cultural de la Villa, and where she performed as a soloist in the Madrid concert series sponsored by the Fundaci¨®n Juan March. Ms. Narum -- who frequently performs throughout Europe and the United States -- returned recently from touring Peru, where she performed and gave master classes at Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA) for the XVII Festival International de Guitarra del ICPNA. Other engagements have included Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, appearances in Kaufmann Concert Hall with the New York Chamber Symphony of the 92nd Street Y, playing Rodrigo's famous Concierto de Aranjuez and as a guest of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in the world premiere of the opera Burning Bright. She has also performed as soloist and ensemble player on numerous live radio and television broadcasts, including National Public Radio, Radio Sweden and Radio Filarmon¨ªa in Peru.
Ms Narum studied with Jeffrey Van at the University of Minnesota and with Clare Callahan at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, and a Master of Music. Ms Narum continued post-graduate study in Italy at Siena's famed Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Oscar Ghiglia, who awarded her the coveted Diploma di Merito .
Ms. Narum has taught students at the International Institute in Spain,  the International College of Spain and is often a faculty member for the Classical Guitar Summer Workshop at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is also currently teaching classical guitar at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. where she has been since 2000 - and also teaches classical guitar at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus for the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division where she serves as a College faculty member.