I just have the best students 💛
It is difficult to say goodbye for the summer to Elise and Devany, but now Alyssa is moving away!
She has been my student for the last year and a half and has come SO far in that time. She will be incredible at her new school and with her new teacher!
Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio
Flute & Piccolo • Performance & Instruction • Boise, ID I picked up the flute for the first time in 2003. I knew instantly that it would be my greatest passion.
I sought out musical opportunities - playing in youth orchestras and local competitions. In college, I had no doubts that I would pursue performance. I received my Bachelor of Music ('16) and Artist Certificate ('18) from Azusa Pacific University where I studied with Gary Woodward before settling in Boise, ID where I studied with Dr. Nicole Molumby and received my Master of Music from Boise State
Operating as usual
I just have the best students 💛
I have to brag! This week Gabby found out that she made the Boise Phil Youth Orchestra! She worked so hard and so quickly as we picked music only two weeks before the audition date. I’m so proud of all the work she has done in just the few months we have been working together.
Today was our last lesson for a while, now that I am going on pregnancy leave, but I can’t wait to get back to work in the fall! I am so excited to see everything she will achieve!
32 weeks and just finished my final concert for a while 😅 it is bizarre looking into the future months knowing it will be the longest I have gone without playing for the last 20 years
One more week of teaching my amazing students and then a little break for the next weeks until she makes her appearance ♥️
Thank you so much CCFC for having me at the Flute Fling! It was such a pleasure to present a workshop and bring the Canyon County flutes to perform! Already looking forward to next year!
So excited to present a workshop at the CCFC Flute Fling in April!
My ensemble the Canyon County Symphony Flute Orchestra has been hard at work preparing for our next concert coming up in April! This rep has been so fun to work on, featuring familiar orchestral favorites by Vivaldi, Mozart, Ravel, Faure, and major flute choir composers including Ricky Lombardo and Catherine McMichael.
If you happen to be in the Boise/Nampa area, I hope you can make it!
Hello! I have been MIA for quite some time so I thought I would hop on here and just give a small update.
Soon after my recital, I found out I am pregnant!
I am so excited for this and processing and preparing for what this means going forward.
Although I had goals and content planned, things just look very different for me now. Although I am still teaching and performing, this page will likely remain on hold until I am back into a practice routine.
I will admit, it has felt like a huge adjustment to suddenly put my flute on the back burner when it has been my top priority for so long, but of course taking care of my body and allowing myself rest during this time is top priority.
Thanks for the support of all my friends ♥️ your excitement for me during this time is contagious and I am just so excited for the next chapter!
Come join my flute orchestra for a night of favorites and bring your flute to play along with some carols!
December 11th at 4pm at First Christian Church of Nampa
Tickets: $10 standard / $5 student, senior, military with ID / $30 full household
Buy online or at the door!
Come hear my ensemble perform in just a few weeks!
Welcome to the new CCSFO page! Please follow us for updates on all our future performances and events!
Our season begins on October 14th in a concert with the Canyon County Symphony. Join us at 6:30pm at Caldwell High School and stay to hear the Symphony perform some classical favorites by Beethoven, Grieg, and Saint-Saens
We have a couple of fun pieces for you, including one with a fun surprise!
I am so proud of these students of mine! This was their first recital and they all did SO well! Now for a week off to relax after they worked hard all summer to make this happen 🎶
And I had so much fun performing with ! Hopefully just the first of our future collaborations!
I hope some of you can make it! I’m so excited to share this music with you all! ♥️
Starting a studio is hard work! There is a lot of unpaid hustle that had to be done - not only unpaid but expenses. For example, this week I’m giving out 700 of these flyers all over the valley for recruitment, in hopes of a couple more students for the new school year!
Spread the word if you know anyone in the Boise/Nampa area! We are looking to add more members as we are getting this season started. Send me a message or email to learn more!
I’m so excited to have been selected as the new Director of the Canyon County Symphony Flute Orchestra! I’m already itching to meet everyone and get started!
Let’s get ourselves and our students set up!
Excuse the small print, but it is so important for parents and students to understand the importance in investing in these aspects of playing that each effect the success of the students.
Most students start in band and don’t get a comprehensive list of what is needed besides the flute itself! Hopefully this can serve as a helpful list for teachers and parents alike
Anyone else feel inadequate when they listen to other performers? 🙋🏼♀️
I have to constantly remind myself that my musical voice is not any less valuable in this life than theirs. Just because I don’t win competitions or collect titles doesn’t mean I am not validated in my love for this craft and my expression through it. It is a constant battle that I have learned comes with the territory.
None of us are alone in this ♥️
This quote hangs on the wall of my home studio as a constant reminder, not only as a musician but as a person.
Devienne is so important in our heritage as a pedagogue and a composer! Here is just a little bit about him. Most of his music speaks for itself and represents classical form and performance practices.
*my apologies for the very delayed post, hopefully all the other life things will reach resolutions soon and I’ll get back on these more regularly*
Andersen Op. 41 No. 14
Oof. I tried to record this for days and I decided I am just far too anxious to get this any better than this one 🙃
My studio got a little update and I am now onto preparing audition and recital material, as well as a big move, so my focus is all over the place. I’ll get back to recording when my mental capacity is a bit more manageable 😅
Starting things off with Michel Blavet!
This was a tricky one - it is not easy to find much information about him, but here are some key bits about his influence on the flute family heritage.
The practice room is not usually a space for kindness. By nature, we have to be critical of our playing, but it doesn’t need to be personal!
Allow space for imperfection and objective observation rather than jumping to the conclusion that something is wrong with you or your ability.
Every day is it’s own new battle.
France is central to our history and a lot of our technique! As this family tree continues to branch out, France will remain a central theme. Many of our original method and technique books come from the pedagogues at the Paris Conservatoire, which we will explore in more detail as we learn about these individuals!
*repost due to spelling errors that are now corrected 🙃 my apologies*
This secition of the family tree credited to Demetria Baferos Fair in her dissertation on the flute lineage.
Lets explore our heritage together!
There are many names that we are all familiar with, but what did they do and where did they come from? I am going to be diving into our history so we can better understand how and why we do what we do.
I hope you will join me!
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 13
Anyone else’s lips completely ruined by this past super windy week? 🙋🏼♀️
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 12
Pro tip: etudes are much easier if you haven’t had like four cups of coffee already.
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 11
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 10
This one reassured me I’m getting the hang of this flute thing again 😅 okay now back to the hard stuff 🙃
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 9
I’m not sure E major has ever been so frustrating, you can read it on my face 🙃
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 8
I promise when I am not playing etudes I know when to breathe. Also, goodness how long does it take me to get my face situated before I start playing 😅
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 7
I swear when I hit record I lose my ability to read music. This one took embarrassingly long to get a good take 😅
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 6
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 5
Excuse the catch in my throat, I can barely breathe 😅 I finally get to an etude that has easy phrasing and I still had to break them, oops 😬
Andersen Op. 15 - No. 4
Played this one at twice the BPM simply for the challenge, but I’m sure there is nothing worse than chapped lips articulations in this range and I’m very ready for winter to be over.
Anderson Op. 15 - no. 3
Not going to lie, I am not a fan of this etude. It felt like a chore trying to read it and then playing it with chapped lips caused a lot of compensation, as can be seen with how much my face is shifting. Honestly just wanted to get this one over with 😬
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 2
Not going to lie, my neighbor teaching a guitar lesson was pretty distracting, so just try to ignore that in the background.
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 1
I had a sweet little helper for my practice today 😍
Thanks to my wonderful husband, I get to commit to music full-time again 🥰
For the first time in over a year, I practiced six days in a row.
2020 really did in my motivation. For 15 months, I have tried to survive on an hour here or there; four days in a row was a milestone. I’ve gotten in my head about my “successes” and “failures” during this time, and to finally be turning back to these habits feels incredible. Hopefully this means some more performance content to come, but honestly I’m satisfied playing scales and coming back to my sound slowly, one day at a time!
So this beautiful space gets to be my office now! Teaching and practicing and remembering why I love the flute ♥️
Huge thanks to Maddison Haan for creating these pieces for me! The beauty in this studio makes it an actual joy to put in the work!
now just fill my time up with students, please🙃
So excited to hear these wonderful performances! Thanks for including me Amanda!
Our studio will be hosting Guest Artist, Hannah Bailey for a Virtual DIII Solo and Ensemble Masterclass! We will all meet online via Zoom to hear these well-prepared performances and learn ways to improve our flute playing! Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 20th from 2-5pm!! 🎶
The deadline to sign up as a performer or auditor is Friday, February 12th at 6pm! Please send me an email at [email protected] expressing your interest!
Performers will have the opportunity to perform their DIII Solo or Ensemble piece for all of us and then get to work with our Guest Artist, Hannah Bailey. This is like having a lesson with an audience! Ensembles can also sign up as performers as long as all members can meet in one location to perform together!
Students of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join us and learn from our Guest Artist, Hannah Bailey as Auditors. Auditors can experience all of the incredible knowledge and enjoyable performances of their peers in a relaxed environment. Observing another individual's lesson can be a very powerful learning tool as you can hear the changes in a player's performance and pick up on tools for your own playing to try out.
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