B.M. (Indiana); M.M. (Northwestern); D.M. (Northwestern)
Associate Professor of Flute
Leslie Fagan is Assistant Principal Flute of the Omaha Symphony and is currently playing her second one-year contract with the Nashville Symphony on Third Flute/Piccolo. She is also Principal Flute for the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore. For many years she was an active freelancer and teacher in the Chicago area and was a founding member of the Barossa Quintet. She has been a regular substitute for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and participated in their 2009 Asia Tour through China and Japan.
While in Chicago, Fagan was also a substitute/extra player for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and held a one-year position on flute and piccolo during their 2003-2004 season. Formerly a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she performed with that organization at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. She spent two seasons as Second Flute with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and has also substituted with the St. Louis Symphony.
She was previously was Studio Instructor for flute majors at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her teachers include Peter Lloyd, Kathryn Lucas, Trevor Wye, and Walfrid Kujala. She holds a Doctorate of Music in flute performance from Northwestern University.