Leonard Garrison, Flute
A native of Billings, Artistic Director and flutist Leonard Garrison first attended Red Lodge Music Festival as a student in 1970. He is Professor of Flute and Associate Director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho, Principal Flute in the Walla Walla Symphony, flutist in The Scott/Garrison Duo, faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, and former President of the National Flute Association. His nine CDs have received rave reviews. Garrison has been flutist in the Chicago Symphony and the Tulsa Philharmonic, soloist on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, winner of the 2003 Byron Hester Competition, and a frequent performer at National Flute Association conventions. He has taught at The University of Tulsa, Bowling Green State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk have published his articles. Leonard holds a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef, Master of Music and Master of Arts degrees from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Samuel Baron, and a Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where his teacher was Robert Willoughby.