Biography, résumé and contact info

Leslie was born in Dayton, Ohio. She began playing piano as a small child and studied privately with Mrs. Phyllis Katz for many years. Many of her young years were spent in a Montessori setting. At Chaminade-Julienne High School, Leslie took several honors classes and played in Jazz Lab Band (piano and Fender Rhodes), Chorus (Piano Accompanist), Marching Band (Snare, Marimba), Symphonic Band (Percussion) and String Ensemble (Double Bass).

Leslie enrolled in Indiana University in 1987 to pursue an A.S. degree in Audio Technology and a B.A degree in Telecommunications. She recorded many operas at IU, including Tales of Hoffman and The Barber of Seville, and worked on Claude Baker's Omaggie e Fantasie work for double bass.

Shortly after graduating in 1991, Leslie was hired at NPR as a Broadcast / Recording Technician. She worked on many shows, such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Performance Today.

In 1995 Leslie moved to Denver to work for Colorado Public Radio, putting together hundreds of weekly features during her 7 year career there. In 2002, along with Kelley Griffin and Dan Drayer, she earned the 2002 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow award for Large Market Documentary.

In 2002, Leslie began working at Post Modern Company in Denver, Colorado, restoring soundtracks for classic Sony / Columbia films dating as early as the 1930's. At the same time, she began work on her Master of Science in Recording Arts (MSRA) degree at the University of Colorado Denver.

She earned her MSRA degree in 2003, and later began teaching at CU-Denver. Shortly aftwards, she accepted a role as Assistant Professor of Recording Arts.

Since becoming a professor, Leslie has been involved in research with Dolby Laboratories in San Fransisco and Gates Planetarium in Denver. She continues to do freelance work, and is currently exploring ways to improve the audio experience as a whole.

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