Eastside Vocal Academy is located in Bloomington, Minnesota in the Atonement Lutheran Church facility (not officially associated with the church).
The school was founded by Dorley Lerud, a well-known and respected vocal teacher and vocal performing specialist who has been helping Minnesota singers for decades.
Ms. Lerud is a well-known and established teacher in the Twin Cities area. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice with a minor in Piano at Syracuse University in New York. She continued at S.U. in the graduate Program in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance. Ms. Lerud also received a second degree in Music Education from Mankato State University in MN. She has taught Voice at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Bethel College in St. Paul, MN. She was owner and director of one of Bloomington’s first private music schools, The Music Staff (now called Minnesota Valley School of Music).
Her continuing education includes workshops in performance, voice therapy, and diction for German, French, Latin and Italian song literature. Ms. Lerud has been the choral music director for several Twin Cities’ churches where she directed choirs ages 6th grade through adults. In addition to the regular church year, her choirs frequently performed special Cantatas, Concerts and Christian Musicals (the latter with instruments, costumes and choreography).
Ms. Lerud has taught voice and performance classes with Musical Avenues, a Bloomington-based “after school” music program, since its beginning. She has taught private lessons for the choir program at Minnehaha Academy for 2 & 1/2 years, the Concordia Academy/ Bloomington Madrigals, and private lessons at Great River Charter School in St. Paul.
Ms. Lerud is a member of N.A.T.S. (National Association of Teachers of Singing).