Avery Leigh Draut is a vocalist, songwriter, and actor based in Brooklyn. She recently made her debut with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, performing in a new work Copland V. Bon Iver, which she will sing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra this October. In January of this year she performed in the premiere of Dane Terry's experimental theatre piece Jupiter's Lifeless Moons at Performance Space New York's COIL Festival, and in the spring she collaborated as co-composer and music director of Sam Schanwald's experimental theatre-concert Twin Size Beds, which enjoyed performances at Loading Dock Theatre and New York's Museum of Sex.
Avery writes for and plays in her own musical project Avery Leigh’s Night Palace, and is currently recording the band's debut album. As a vocal collaborator, Avery has performed, toured, and recorded with members of Jens Lekman, of Montreal, and Neko Case and has shared bills with Andrew Bird and Kishi Bashi. She is currently performing in Dane Terry's new musical-fiction podcast Dreamboy for the Night Vale Presents network (premieres in October), and in September she will perform at Joe's Pub at The Public Theatre in a concert of music from a new musical by Max Vernon (KPOP, The View UpStairs), directed by Ellie Heyman.
Avery holds a degree in classical voice from the University of Georgia, where she performed frequently with UGA Opera Theatre and various chamber, jazz, and new music ensembles. Avery has performed as a soloist in operas and concerts in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Operatic highlights include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, the title role in La belle Hélène, and Miss Jessel in Brittan's The Turn of the Screw. A flexible and vibrant musical theatre performer, Avery has portrayed characters such as Cinderella in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and Lynnette Fromme in Sondheim’s Assassins.