Leslie McKinley - Past President

I have been singing with the Vocal Arts since 1991, and VA is what feeds my soul…  As with many of the other musicians in the group, I feel that the final product that we bring to the public is just a small part of what we provide to each other, as each week we are there for support, group counseling, laughter, love, and sharing!  It is about the passion that we share and the sense of coming together to make something bigger than ourselves that keeps us coming back, and knowing that when we work together, we make magic happen.


In my day job, I am the development director for United Way of San Luis Obispo County.  There too, I am inspired by people coming together to bring community to those who need it, and for me, that is what is so important about San Luis Obispo.  My children were all born and raised here, we have lived here for 40 years and have loved being part of this place where people care about each other, take care of each other through difficult times, and rejoice in each other’s triumphs.


That is what makes Vocal Arts such a special part of my life and this community and I believe what comes through in our music.  As Gary says, when we put down our music and “sing from the heart”, our audience gets the very best of what we can give to them, our heart.  That is what makes VA so special to me and why I love to be able to give the extra time to serve on the Board of Directors.