I consider myself to be a Florida native. While not born here, I grew up in the Winter Park/Orlando area and loved spending weekends and afternoons swimming in lakes and the Atlantic Ocean along with singing and practicing the piano. My father, Lowell Leistner, was an evangelist singer traveling and singing all over the Southern U.S. After my marriage to Dale Fradley, we spent 25 years in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area until his retirement. I earned a BA in piano and vocal performance and my MMA from Georgia State University with a specialty in choral performance. Through the years I have taught voice and piano, and directed church, community, and college choirs at Albany State University, in Georgia, Northern Virginia Community College, and Flagler College.
I also direct the North Florida Women’s Chorale, a treble choir of women from Jacksonville and St. Augustine. This premier group of 45 auditioned singers performs in the Jacksonville and St. Augustine area. They have traveled to sing in Washington D.C., Charleston S.C., Ashville N.C. and have been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall, in New York.
I joined the board of First Coast Opera in 2010 and have served as chorus master for staged productions such as Marriage of Figaro, Madama Butterfly, and now La Traviata.