Flutist Leslie Stroud, active as both an orchestral and chamber musician, performs in a wide range of ensembles and musical styles. Ms. Stroud is particularly dedicated to bringing audiences an eclectic musical mix ranging from music of the 18th century played on historic, period flutes to adventurous works featuring the composers of our own time on modern day flutes.
Noted by the the New Bedford Standard Times for her “virtuosity” and “excellent solo flute work,” Ms. Stroud has appeared with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, the Plymouth Philharmonic, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the New Bedford Festival Theater Orchestra, the Buzzards Bay Musicfest, the Tri-County Symphonic Band, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has performed with the Peabody Wind Quintet, Concert Artists of New England, Sterling String Quartet, and Trinity Chamber Concerts. Regularly presenting adventurous duo works for flute and piano, Ms. Stroud and pianist Matthew Odell’s performances together include Dartmouth College, the Opera House at Booth Bay Harbor, Pentangle Arts Classical Series, ArtisTreeCommunity Arts Center and Gallery, the Eliot Church of South Natick (Boston), Plymouth State University, and in residence as Tomlinson Fellows at Tabor Academy.
Ms. Stroud is particularly dedicated to music as a vital part of our whole community. Whether performing in support of local non-profit service organizations providing food, shelter and sanctuary to persons in need-as a founding member of Cameo Arts Foundation, Inc. (www.cameoarts.org)-or as a founding member/performer of the innovative New Bedford Symphony Orchestra program SchoolsMusic!, Ms. Stroud is a passionate advocate of merging music, education and advocacy in our everyday lives. She has taught at Tabor Academy, the St. Paul’s School for Girls and the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University.
Born in Oakland, California, Ms. Stroud began her flute studies at the age of eight at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, going on to obtain her performance degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Yaada Weber, Timothy Day, Britton Johnson, Walfrid Kujala, and Gary Schocker.
A Closer Look
Leslie Neighbor Stroud, flute, is an active orchestral and chamber music musician throughout New England. The New Bedford Standard Times has noted her “excellent solo flute work” and “technical virtuosity” as well as her piccolo playing as “stellar,” and “beautiful.”
Ms. Stroud performs with the Opera North, Pentangle Arts Orchestra, BarnArts Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Vermont, Guilford Music Festival Orchestra, Cameo Baroque (a period instrument ensemble), Concert Artists of New England, Buttonwood Wind Quintet, and the Sterling String Quartet. She has also performed with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, The Plymouth Philharmonic, the New Bedford Festival Theater, the Tri-County Symphonic Band, and the Buzzards Bay Musicfest.
Outside of New England she has performed with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Peabody Wind Quintet, the Bellemore Ensemble of Baltimore, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, the Mozart Festival of Alameda, and the Trinity Chamber Concerts of California.
Ms. Stroud performs regularly with New York City based pianist Matthew Odell (www.matthewodell.com), presenting the richly varied and often provocative chamber music written for flute and piano. They have the distinction of having performed the complete chamber works for flute and piano written by award winning French composer Michel Merlet, as well as performing the works of other living composers including Philip Lasser, Ned Rorem and Pierre Boulez. Offering inventive and imaginative programming, they bring the voice of contemporary classical music, alongside favorite works of the established repertory, to a wide array of audiences. Performances together include at Dartmouth College, the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Pentangle Arts, ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Gallery, the Eliot Church of South Natick (Boston) and as Tomlinson Fellows.
Ms. Stroud has taught flute at Tabor Academy, the St. Paul’s School for Girls, the Waldorf School of Baltimore, the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University and as guest faculty at San Jose State University. As a member of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Stroud had the great honor, as one of three musicians, to bring forward an innovative pilot program, Music Matters: SchoolsMusic! bringing classical music and intra-related, layered education to more than 7,000 elementary school children in New Bedford and the greater South Coast area. This program has drawn the attention of symphony orchestras nationwide, as well being honored by the American Symphony Orchestra League.
Ms. Stroud received her Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Britton Johnson (National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) and Timothy Day (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra). She has also studied with Lois Schaefer (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Walfrid Kujala (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Mark Sparks (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra) and baroque flute with Suzanne Stumpf (Musicians of the Old Post Road), as well as participating in the master classes of Gary Schocker, Julius Baker, Bonita Boyd and William Bennett. Chamber music coaches she has worked with include Leon Fleisher, Sir Berl Senofsky, Frederik Prausnitz, and Laurette Goldberg.
Performing on a variety of flutes regularly, Ms. Stroud plays Powell, Louis Lot, Haynes, Keefe and Wenner instruments, as well as headjoints by David Williams and David Chu.