Leah Stevens has been studying the flute for thirteen years, and is currently working on her graduate degree in Flute Performance at Carnegie Mellon University with Alberto Almarza. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance, as well as a minor in Art History through Case Western Reserve University. Leah has studied with world- renowned flute instructors, including Stefan Hoskuldsson, principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Joshua Smith, principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Leah recently performed Frank Martin’s Ballade for Flute and Orchestra with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Over the summer, Leah attends flute workshops and other musical events to enrich her education, most notably playing principal flute on Beethoven’s 7th Symphony with the New York Youth Symphony during their 2015 Argentina tour.
In addition to her studies and performances, Leah is active as a private teacher, and for four years was part of CIM’s award-winning Distance Learning Department, which delivers interdisciplinary music courses to elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as senior centers, via video conferencing technology. Much like running a live television show, Leah taught a course in this department to elementary students called “Science of Sound Junior,” which educates the students on sound waves through hands-on activities and live performances. She currently works as an artistic administration intern for Pittsburgh new music ensemble NAT 28.
In her free time, Leah enjoys doing yoga and running; she recently ran the 2018 Cleveland Marathon, and looks forward to the 2019 Pittsburgh Marathon! After completing her undergraduate and eventually graduate studies, she plans to make a career out of performing, teaching, and organizing outreach events to bring art and music to wider, more inclusive audiences.