Avery Leigh Draut is a vocalist, songwriter, and actress based in Brooklyn. She recently made her debut with The Pittsburgh Symphony, performing in a new work Copland V. Bon Iver at Heinz Hall, after singing the piece with the Colorado Music Festival Symphony the summer before. She holds a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia, where she enjoyed frequent performances with University of Georgia Opera Theatre and various chamber, jazz, and new music ensembles. Avery has performed in operas, recitals, and concerts in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Operatic highlights include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (UGA Opera Theatre), the title role in La belle Hélène (Franco American Vocal Academy), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore (UGA Opera). A flexible and vibrant musical theatre performer, Avery has enjoyed roles such as Cinderella in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Lynnette Fromme in Sondheim’s Assassins, and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
In addition to performing in classical and theatre pieces, Avery sings as a jazz vocalist, and studied under Steve Dancz at the University of Georgia Jazz Program in Italy. She has sung as the vocalist for the Whitehall Jazz Collective and the oud, guitar, violin, bass, and percussion chamber ensemble the Chamber Chanchers. She also writes for and plays in her own musical project Avery Leigh’s Night Palace. As a pop vocalist, Avery has performed, toured, and recorded with Ruby the Rabbitfoot and Eric Bachmann, as well as members of Kishi Bashi, of Montreal, Neko Case, and Jens Lekman. She spent this past summer at the Chautauqua Voice Institute, performing in frequent recitals and concerts, and portraying Miss Jessel in Brittan's The Turn of the Screw, Mrs. Mullin in Carousel, and the Devil in Stravinsky's orchestrated play-ballet Histoire du Soldat. Avery is currently in rehearsals for Jupiter's Lifeless Moons, an experimental theatre piece by Dane Terry that has its premiere at the COIL Festival 2018; in the winter and spring of 2018, Avery looks forward to finishing recording for Avery Leigh's Night Palace's debut record, curating the PLUSH NOCTURNE performance series, and composing music for a new theatre work by director, actor, and visual artist Sam Schanwald.