The American soprano, Leila Lazenby, graduated as a voice major from the Eastman School of Music, and pursued postgraduate study in Baroque performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland, under scholarship from the city of Basle. She studied there with René Jacobs and Rosmarie Hoffmann and received additional training from Emma Kirkby, Ellen Hargis, Judith Nelson and Monserrat Figueras, among others.
A native of the Atlanta area, Leila Lazenby has performed with the Merry Band, and other local ensembles, as well as with Canadian and European groups, including the Toronto-based Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and has performed on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio (CBC). In 1998, she was a featured soloists in the Emory Choraliers performance of J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 140.