Pittsburgh-based flutist Leah Stevens is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received her Master of Music studying with renowned recitalist and pedagogue Alberto Almarza. Leah has studied with distinguished orchestral flutists, including Stefan Hoskuldsson, principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Joshua Smith, principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra, who she studied with at The Cleveland Institute of Music while pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. Additionally, Leah earned a minor in Art History through Case Western Reserve University during her time in Cleveland.
Leah has a passion for contemporary music and art, curating experiences with current narratives. She recently presented her graduate recital "Arcanum", which explored the human relationship with the environment through live electronics, amplification, and pre-recorded sound, using man made technology to uncover truths about the natural world. Through her graduate career she was active with Carnegie Mellon’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, including performing in Co-Opera, premiering three operas by student composers. In Spring 2020, she performed with NAT 28 for their annual Pittsburgh Composer’s Project. In Spring 2019, Leah attended the first ever Alliance of Women in the Media Arts and Technology Conference in Santa Barbara, presenting her audio/video project, "Sound Switch".
In addition to her studies and performances, Leah has taught privately for seven years, all levels and all ages. In Cleveland, she worked as a sectional teacher for Shaker Heights High School. For four years she was active in CIM’s award-winning Distance Learning Department, which delivers interdisciplinary music courses to elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as to senior centers and juvenile detention centers, via video conferencing technology.
When she isn’t playing flute, Leah enjoys reading, yoga, and distance running. In 2019, she joined 4K for Cancer Team Boston on a 7-week, coast-to-coast relay run trip, fundraising for the Ulman Foundation for young adults with cancer. She also has a love for flower pressing. Last summer, she started a small business, decorating old items with flowers she presses, giving them a new life.