Leah Celebi studied viola and piano at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and received a Bachelors in Viola Performance in 2003. She went on to receive a Masters in Viola Performance from the University of California Santa Barbara studying with internationally-renowned soloist and pedagogue Helen Callus. As a soloist, she has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony and regularly performs with many orchestras and ensembles in the Metro Detroit area. Although a classically trained musician, Leah can be heard performing live and in the studio in a variety of genres and as a member of the critically acclaimed, Detroit-based world jazz ensemble, Musique Noire. She maintains an active freelance career and has performed behind nationally renowned performers such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marcus Belgrave, Il Divo and many more. As an educator, she has taught with several music programs including Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Power of Dreams Program, Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music, the Sphinx Organization’s Overture Program and is the founding director of Motor City Music Together, an early-childhood music and movement program.
Before her appointment at WSU, she was the Education Manager at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra where she managed all educational programs and outreach initiatives for the DSO. She lives in Grosse Pointe with her husband John, an accomplished jazz drummer and pianist himself, and their four children.