Leila Heil is Associate Professor of Music at University of Colorado. Prior to this appointment, she served on the music education faculty at The Ohio State University and Colorado State University. Her professional experience includes twenty-one years of public school teaching at the secondary level. Dr. Heil holds a BM from Colorado State University, a MM in choral conducting from Arizona State University and a PhD in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Heil has been active in state music organizations for many years having served on the Arizona Music Educators executive board, as festival chair for the Arizona All-State Jazz and Show choirs, and Jazz Repertoire and Standards chair for the Colorado and Ohio ACDA chapters.
In the spring of 2009, Heil presented interest sessions in vocal jazz ensemble pedagogy at the National American Choral Directors Association Conference and the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference. She was invited to present a paper on similarities in jazz and early music singing techniques at the National Early Music Association Conference in York, United Kingdom in July, 2009.
Heil was selected as assistant director for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Choir which performs annually at Grammy-sponsored events, and serves on the faculty of Grammy Camp. Heil currently serves as a member of an ongoing focus group studying music teacher education sponsored by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Leila Heil, assistant professor of music at The University of Colorado, has served as the assistant director of the Grammy Jazz Choir for the past ten years. During this time, she has had the pleasure of working with, and listening to performances by some of the top musicians in the jazz field. The Grammy Jazz Ensembles have shared the stage with such legends as Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, John Hendricks, Benny Goldson, Chick Corea and Terrance Blanchard. They have also had the pleasure of working with pop artists, smooth jazz artists and singer-songwriter artists.