B I O G R A P H Y
Known for her intense and compelling performance ethic, Conductor and Organist Leora Nauta delivers arresting and powerful interpretations of the music she loves. Lauded by Radio Ara Europa as “an exceptional musician… warm, open, and absolutely impassioned in her craft”, Leora has devoted her entire life to the performance and proliferation of classical music worldwide.
Throughout her career Leora has challenged herself to share classical music with audiences in as many ways as possible. She has held Director, Organist, and Conductor positions across North America and Europe, and has worked at distinguished institutions such as The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul (Montréal), New England Conservatory (Boston), The Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Notre Dame), and Christ Church Anglican Cathedral (Ottawa). As conductor, Leora has focused her energy on chamber repertoire, working closely with ensembles such as Quarterna Medieval Ensemble, Ensemble Laetitia and The Commonwealth Chorale. Her organ performance career has taken her to Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, The Netherlands, and across The USA and Canada. Her 2014 performance at the National Cathedral of Luxembourg was radio broadcast throughout Europe, and other performance highlights have been featured on NPR and CBC radio.
Leora is passionate not just about music, but about how music speaks to people and provokes them to think. Music engages us in a deeper dialogue with what lies in our innermost selves; it turns us face to face with our most personal ideas and beliefs, inviting us to explore them in a true and honest attitude.
In addition to her work as conductor and performer, Leora serves as Director of Music at St. Timothy's Classical Academy, Director of Music at St. Martin's Anglican Church, and directs several chamber choruses throughout the Ottawa area. Leora has also made contributions to the American Guild of Organists as a Committee Chair, is an active member of the American Choral Director's Association, and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In Academia, Leora has lectured at several institutions of higher learning, including Roosevelt University (Netherlands), McGill University (Canada), and New England Conservatory (USA). She holds a Master of Music from McGill University, a Master of Sacred Music from The University of Notre Dame, and studied historical performance at Amsterdam Conservatory. Throughout her studies she received numerous academic distinctions, including The Gerry Segger Scholarship in Performance Excellence, the Arthur and Helene Henderson Fellowship, a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, and was a prizewinner in the Lynwood Farnam Organ Competition (Montréal).