Laura Lentz is a flutist based in Rochester, NY, originally from the Catskills of New York State. Laura returned to her home state in 2011 after studies and eight years of living abroad in Rome, Italy. Laura is Adjunct Professor of Applied Flute at RIT and has a private studio of pre-college, college and adult students. Additionally, Laura is the Founder and Director of the Hochstein/RFA Junior Flute Camp, held at the Hochstein School of Music each summer for young flutists in the Rochester, NY area, and she also teaches for the ECMS's New Horizons Program. Active as an adjudicator, Laura has judged for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Youth Artist Auditions (Instrumental Award), the Rochester Flute Association's Performance Competition and Pre-Solo Festivals, as a NYSSMA judge, and for various in-house solo ensemble festivals in the Rochester area. Laura has served on the board of the Rochester Flute Association and as Director its Flute Choir program. On the national level, Laura was a member of the Career and Artistic Development Committee for the National Flute Association with former mentors Stephanie Jutt and Alberto Almarza. Presently for the NFA Laura is on the Planning Committee for the very first Youth Flute Day which will occur at the 2015 Flute Convention in Washington, D.C., and Laura will also be presenting a session on warmups.
Laura holds flute performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Crane School of Music, certification in instrumental music education and completed post-graduate flute studies in Italy and in Pittsburgh, PA. Her major teachers include Kenneth Andrews, Stephanie Jutt and Alberto Almarza, and she has performed in masterclasses or done further studies with Marina Piccinini, Jeffrey Khaner, Wil Offermans and Tadeu Coehlo. Laura has performed with a number of orchestral, chamber, and world music ensembles during her career including the Madison Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York, the Champlain Valley Symphony, the Latin American folk ensemble, Sotavento and the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh. Laura presently performs with the Rochester-based Black Lilac Flute Trio co-founded in 2014, the Crossroads Trio, co-founded by Laura in 1998, which has been invited on two occasions to National Flute Association conventions, and Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, among other groups.
Sat. December 13, 2014
Black Lilac Flute Trio
with Alla Kuznetsov, piano
SHIMMERS AND SHAPES
Mountain Rise UCC
Jake Lentz, Early Light (Arranged for the BLFT)
Carl Riley, After the Journey's Done
John Cacavas, Shimmering Flutes
Elton Burgstahler, Celestial Fantasy
Jennifer Higdon, Music Box of Light
Ian Clarke, Curves
Donations of non-perishable food for the Perinton Food Pantry are requested.
Audience members should bring with them a small flashlight or light to help us make our shimmers and shapes on one of our pieces!