Leah Arsenault, current acting second flute with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of today's fastest rising young flutists. Before her appointment in Cincinnati, she was second flute with the Louisville Orchestra and has won first prize in 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 was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has served as a member of the National Repertory, Spoleto Festival (USA), and Artosphere Festival Orchestras. In 2009 and 2010, she was piccoloist for the Star Wars in Concert national tour. As a solo artist, Ms. Arsenault was featured with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as guest performer and teacher at the conventions of the National Flute Association and the Texas Flute Society. In addition to her active performing career, Ms. Arsenault is a dedicated teacher. She recently held the position of Adjunct Professor of Flute at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has taught for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. She also maintains a private studio.
Ms. Arsenault earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she was teaching assistant to Dr. Bradley Garner. Her principal teachers include Bradley Garner, Jack Wellbaum, Tadeu Coelho, Philip Dunigan, and Krysia Tripp. Ms. Arsenault also received a high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts and earned a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where she was a student of esteemed flutist, Jim Walker.
Originally from Wells, Maine, Leah Arsenault enjoys many hobbies outside of music. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, reading, yoga, cooking, and hosting dinner parties for friends. She always looks forward to spending time during the summers in her hometown on the coast of Maine.