Dr Les Hale
Dr Les Hale came to Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1960, and has been active on the musical scene as a singer, voice teacher, conductor, instrumentalist, composer and arranger. His vocal experience includes opera, oratorio, operetta, recital, musicals, jazz and barbershop. He played several instruments in symphonies, concert and marching bands, opera and musical orchestras, jazz groups, show bands and strolling trios. He founded, and for 14 years directed, the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club and also conducted the Metropolitan Chorale and other choral groups. Associations with the Waterloo Community Playhouse include being on stage as "Lee" in "1776" and "Emile" in "South Pacific"; and as musical director for "Hello Dolly", "My Fair Lady" and "Oklahoma".
After attending Graceland College, The University of Southern California, Drake University and Indiana University, he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance at The University of Missouri-Kansas City.
An Emeritus Professor of Teaching-Music at the University of Northern Iowa, he served as Chairman of the Music Department and Director of Choral Activities at Price Lab School for 28 years. He conducted the Elementary, Junior and Senior High School Choirs, created and directed 19 years of "Madrigal Dinners", instituted "A Colonial Christmas" and co-directed the musicals and variety shows. The 1980 Northern University High School production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" was a new adaptation and libretto by Dr. Hale and his wife Colleen.
In 1981-82, he played the role of "El Gallo" in the Cedar Falls Community Theater's production of "The Fantastiks!", was guest conductor of the Kingdom Choral Festival in Saudi Arabia and a judge for the World Finals of the United States Air Force "Tops In Blue" talent competition. In 1987, he sang the role of "Alfio" in "Cavalleria Rusticanna" with the Wartburg Symphony and also returned to once again judge the U.S. Air Force "Tops In Blue" talent competition.
Throughout his career, he has often been a guest conductor, visiting faculty member and clinician in choral and vocal pedagogy, and an adjudicator for all levels of vocal performance, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. His current emphases are "The Les Hale Studio of Voice", the "Les Hale Chorale", master classes in voice and musical theater, and computerized music composition.