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. Laura has also taught flute for the Eastman Community Music School and the Kanack School of Music. 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 Crossroads Trio, 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. With the Crossroads Trio, Laura presented performances live on Wisconsin Public Radio, received two invitations to perform at NFA conventions, and released an album of chamber music from around the world. Laura presently performs with the Rochester, NY-based Black Lilac Flute Trio, co-founded in 2014, and Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, among other groups.
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