LENA SEIKALY is a fresh voice on the national jazz scene from Washington, D.C. Named “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers” and “brightest voices in jazz” (The Washington Post), as well as a “major league young talent in jazz” by Duke Ellington’s biographer, Dr. John Hasse, Lena is already making her mark as both a revivalist of traditional jazz vocals, as well as an innovator in contemporary vocal jazz styles. Originally from Falls Church, Virginia, she began her training at age four with piano, continued with classical voice in her teens, and went on to complete a B.M. in classical vocal performance at the University of Maryland School of Music. While attaining regional and national recognition for her classical vocal abilities – including two prestigious prizes from the National Society of Arts and Letters – it was in college where Lena discovered a strong passion for jazz, and embarked on a fervent education of jazz history, styles, theory and composition before pursuing a jazz career in the Washington D.C. area. In 2009, Lena was a participant at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where she studied closely with jazz giants Curtis Fuller, George Cables and Dr. Nathan Davis. She was also selected as a Strathmore artist-in-residence for the 2009-2010 season at Bethesda, Maryland’s renowned Strathmore Music Center
...one of the local jazz scene’s most promising performers.– The Washington
Lena Seikaly [is] one of the contenders for D.C.'s best singer, with a rich voice
and precise articulation that belies her enormous creativity on the vocal. –
Washington City Paper
['Looking Back' is] the work of a supremely confident master of her
instrument - The Washington City Paper
The lovely young D.C. vocalist Lena Seikaly is gaining a national reputation.
Little wonder: her full-bodied voice has power and confidence far beyond her
24 years, and her litheness and control is incredible
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Private jazz & classical vocal instructor - please e-mail for rates and availability.