Leah Arsenault, Assistant Principal Flute with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), joins the UMD School of Music flute faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year. The current flute faculty includes William Montgomery, the former Principal Flute of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and U.S. Marine Band; Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute of the NSO; and Kathleen Trahan, Principal Flute of the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra and Columbia Pro-Cantare Orchestras.
Ms. Arsenault was appointed to the National Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Her previous positions include Acting Associate Principal Flute with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and second flute with the Louisville Orchestra as well as appearances as guest Principal flute with the Seattle Symphony and as Principal flute with the Crested Butte Music Festival. Ms. Arsenault was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has served as a member of the Spoleto Festival (USA) orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and as piccoloist with the Star Wars in Concert national tour. In addition to her professional engagements, Ms. Arsenault has won First Prize with numerous competitions across the United States, including the National Flute Association young Artist Competition, the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition, and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition. Ms. Arsenault earned her BM and MM degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Professional Studies Certificate from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California. Her principal teachers include Bradley Garner, Jim Walker, Tadeu Coelho, Philip Dunigan, and Krysia Tripp. Leah Arsenault is a Yamaha Performing Artist.