Alice Lenaghan, traverso
From the Golden State to the Emerald Isle, flutist Alice Lenaghan’s career has taken her to stages in large outdoor venues, historic churches, sporting facilities with jumbotrons and intimate theaters. She is currently Principal Flute of the Oakland Symphony and has performed principal flute with numerous orchestras including the Detroit, Toledo, Flint and Reno Symphonies, and the Michigan, Festival and Sacramento Operas. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with several orchestras including center stage at the California State Fair, recorded at Skywalker Sound and performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Oracle Park, Oakland Arena and in majestic cathedrals throughout Ireland.
Pursuing an early love of baroque music, Dr. Lenaghan began studying traverso with Michael Lynn at the Oberlin Conservatory where she earned minors in both traverso performance and music history. Recent studies include classes with Alison Melville of the University of Toronto and Claire Guimond at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Her early music performance has been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as processing “limpid tone and astonishing eloquence” and by the Kalamazoo Gazette, “Lenaghan’s sound was as remarkable as it is rare among modern flutists… equally impressive was her command of the baroque flute.”
A versatile and expressive performer in many genres, Dr. Lenaghan is a sought out chamber musician. As a member of Duo Viva, her premiere CD is available from Little Piper and Flute World and her flute and piano duo was awarded performance grants through the Yolo County and California Arts Councils. Additionally she has been a guest musician with contemporary music ensembles Earplay and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and performs as a member of the Pacific Arts Trio. She has frequently been invited to perform at the National Flute Association conventions and served on the faculties at Universities throughout Michigan and California.
Alice Lenaghan holds a doctorate in flute performance from the University of Michigan in addition to performance degrees from Western Michigan University (M.M.) and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M). Her teachers include Leone Buyse, Christine Smith, Michel Debost, Ervin Monroe and Michael Lynn (traverso). She lives in Sacramento with her husband where she enjoys reading, cooking, sewing and is an award winning knitter.