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Leah Purdy


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North Platte High School | Vocal Music

Leah Purdy is the Director of Choirs at North Platte High School where she directs the Mixed Choir, Concert Choir, Blue and Gold Singers Jazz Choir and teaches Music Appreciation.  She is an adjunct faculty member for MPCC as well, offering her Music Appreciation class for dual credit and developing an online version of the class.  She also directs a musical each year for NPHS.  Musicals under her direction have included “West Side Story”, “The Sound of Music”, “South Pacific”, “Into the Woods”, and she will direct “Footloose”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Cinderella”, “Anything Goes”, “Children of Eden” and most recently, “Wizard of Oz”.   She has also held lead roles in a number of musicals including “Into the Woods”, “Cinderella”, “Ruddigore”, and “She Loves Me”, “Seussical”, and “Marvelous Wonderettes”.   She also regularly performs throughout the state, having served as the soprano soloist in “The Messiah” with the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra 3 times in the last ten years.  In 2007, Leah was chosen as Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Outstanding Young Alumni for her accomplishments in teaching high school choral music.  She conducts honor choirs across the state throughout the school year, most recently serving as the director for the Festival Choir at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Honor Choir Clinic.  Leah is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Nebraska Music Educators Association, American Choral Director’s Association, and the Nebraska Choral Director’s Association.  In addition, she has served as a member of the negotiations team for the North Platte Education Association.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Leah lives in North Platte with her husband Ryan and their three children:  Elliott (15), Carly 12), and Addisyn (8).