Jane Leibel

Jane Leibel
BMus '83
2017 Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient

Dr. Jane Leibel always knew that her calling was to be found in music. Her parents believed it to be a strong educational foothold and her teachers also supported her, seeing her natural musical talents. She wanted to pursue her own musical journey and eventually teach at the university level. Campion was the ideal fit to start that journey. Her family was closely knit to the Jesuit community; her mother, Loretta, affectionately known as “Mom” to others, worked there for almost 30 years.  

Obtaining a Bachelor of Music Voice Performance at the University of Regina in 1983, Jane went on to pursue a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of North Texas in 1985. She completed an opera diploma at the University of Toronto in 1988, which culminated in her doctorate work in music, in Voice Performance/Opera at the University of Michigan in 1999.

Originally upon a friend's urging, Dr. Leibel was encouraged to apply for a teaching position at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Thinking it would be a great opportunity for a few years, she decided to give it a try. She has been the professor of music (Voice/Vocal Pedagogy) at the School of Music at Memorial going 18 years strong, and has never looked back.

Outside the classroom, she works with youth at chamber music festivals and also this summer at a national boy's choir camp in

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland. She marks World Suicide Prevention Day by holding the “Mysterious Barricades” concert every September.