Debby Lennon (Linda Porter) member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus for thirty-one seasons made her solo debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the 1992 Carnegie Hall premiere of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience“. The Boston Globe called her, “brassily irresistible.”
Ms. Lennon has been a featured soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, The New Music Circle, The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, the St. Louis Gateway Men’s Chorus, The Tommy Money Orchestra, Bob Coleman’s Legacy Big Band and The Space Coast Pops with Richard Hayman.
From 1992-1999, Ms. Lennon recorded and performed with the nationally known a capella vocal jazz ensemble, “Pieces of 8” of which she was a founding member.
Ms. Lennon is active in the St. Louis Opera scene having performed in Winter Opera’s 2012 production of “La Boheme”, and with Union Avenue Opera in their productions of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. She played Annina in “Traviata” and Giovanna in “Rigoletto” directed by Tim Ocel, and appeared in the the 2017 production of “Carousel” playing Mrs. Mullen. Ms. Lennon made her 2014 Opera Theater of St. Louis debut in the ensemble of “Dialogues of the Carmelites”. Ms. Lennon was a featured soloist in the February 2016 performances of “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream” at the St. Louis Symphony. Ms. Lennon has performed at The Muny, and was in Stages 2012 production of “The Sound of Music” where she understudied the role of Mother Abbess.
Ms. Lennon starred in Max & Louie’s critically acclaimed 2016 production of “Grey Gardens” and won the Judy Award, Broadway World Award (St. Louis Division) and The St. Louis Theater Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical as well as winning the 2017 St. Louis Theater Circle Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her portrayal of Florence Foster Jenkins in Max & Louie’s production of “Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins”.
Most recently, Ms. Lennon returned to The Muny stage for the 100th season, playing the role of Dora Bailey in “Singing in the Rain”.
Ms. Lennon has performed in Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Powell Symphony Hall and has been a featured soloist on many concert series events at The Sheldon, The Pulitzer, The Touhill, Jazz at the Bistro, Finale Music and Dining, and The Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival. Her solo CD, “I’m All Smiles” was released in November 2005 to sold out audiences at Finale Music and Dining.
Ms. Lennon is celebrating her fifteenth year as adjunct voice professor and director of The Vocal Jazz Program and The Webster Jazz Singers at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Lennon is a vocal coach at St. Joseph’s Academy and maintains a private voice studio.