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

09/26/2022

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!

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 09/11/2022

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!

09/05/2022

I hope some of you can make it! I’m so excited to share this music with you all! ♥️

09/01/2022

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!

08/13/2022

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!

08/05/2022

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!

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 08/03/2022

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

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 07/27/2022

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.

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 07/25/2022

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*


07/03/2022

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 😅

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 06/28/2022

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.


06/24/2022

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.

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 06/21/2022

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.

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 06/19/2022

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!

06/16/2022

Andersen Op. 41 - no. 13

Anyone else’s lips completely ruined by this past super windy week? 🙋🏼‍♀️

06/08/2022

Andersen Op. 41 - no. 12

Pro tip: etudes are much easier if you haven’t had like four cups of coffee already.

05/24/2022

Andersen Op. 41 - no. 11

05/18/2022

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 🙃

05/11/2022

Andersen Op. 41 - no. 9

I’m not sure E major has ever been so frustrating, you can read it on my face 🙃

05/05/2022

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 😅

04/26/2022

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 😅

04/12/2022

Andersen Op. 41 - no. 6

03/16/2022

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 😬

02/22/2022

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.

02/07/2022

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 😬

01/27/2022

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.

01/26/2022

Andersen Op. 41 - no. 1

09/15/2021

Lessons, anyone?

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 08/25/2021

I had a sweet little helper for my practice today 😍

06/20/2021

New chapter:

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!

04/21/2021

studio ✔️

now just fill my time up with students, please🙃

02/09/2021

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.

01/05/2021

2021 is going to have to be a year of patience.

As with many musicians, 2020 stole my resolve, and finally being free from school really didn’t help my motivation to keep playing when I felt the need for an extended break. But I struggle whenever I come back to my flute - things don’t seem to come as naturally to me as some of my friends, so even just a couple weeks off feels like backtracking years off my sound.

Today I when I tried to play I felt like I couldn’t even keep my arms up more than 15 minutes and it took a lot to get my mind out of the feeling of defeat. But this year I will consciously force myself to forgive what I am lacking and let myself work my way back, as slowly as it might be, without rushing the process.

I’ll get there, but I need only myself for comparison this year. There is no deadline for my achievements - this is lifelong and my career won’t be determined by the setbacks of 2020.

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 10/30/2020

I expected to post a video by this point in the month...

A lot has gotten in my own way this month - life feels like just one thing after the next - and now the cold has me feeling like a wreck! Cracked lips are not a flutist’s friend 🙃

Some videos coming in the near future I hope, but in the meantime, I am still enjoying these amazing photos and always happy to be graduated 😅 @ Boise, Idaho

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post 10/26/2020

Photos from Hannah Leonora • Flute Studio's post

10/11/2020

Unaccompanied Series #4 - Fukushima, Mei

Unaccompanied Series #4 - Fukushima, Mei
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*excuse the audio distortion, it was too late to fix*

Resurrecting this piece that would’ve been on my recital in April. It has been a while, but it felt like time to go back to something that already felt accomplished and see what happens this time around.

This piece explores the relationship between trance-like sounds and silence, based on the principle of “ma” meaning emptiness/openness. (this description is highly reduced - there is SO much more)

I really struggled with the learning process, but this is one that really is worth the struggle of finding the right method of pitch bending and dynamic contrasts. In its time it was extremely experimental, especially in use of quarter tones and exaggerated contrast.

I know this one is unusual, but I hope you find it’s beauty ♥️

10/11/2020

Unaccompanied Series #2 - Debussy, Syrinx
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I’ll be the first to admit that I am never satisfied with my performances. But really, is anyone??

But Debussy’s Syrinx is a special case - I’ve had a long journey with this one that causes lots of unnecessary fear every time I perform or record it.

Today, I know I didn’t give it the time it deserves, as I mostly wanted to play it in this space before am back home tomorrow lol but that [hopefully] doesn’t change the fact that this is one of the most beautiful works in our repertoire ♥️ and one that allows for lifelong exploration. This is just one of many more future performances!

10/11/2020

Unaccompanied Series #1 - Schocker, Solosuite mvt. I
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We really haven’t been hiding what a struggle 2020 has been, and I am far from an exception. My practice habits have been nonexistent since March, and the last month I have been trying to slowly get my sound back. I’m finally feeling a bit more like myself!

So now I’m coming back to my Unaccompanied Series

I started this piece only yesterday - and since I get to housesit in a great open space, I got eager and couldn’t wait to post it! Who knows, I might have several more videos in the next couple days revisiting my old favorites

This is the first movement of Gary Schocker’s Solosuite - I was gifted lots of music from a good friend, and this was in the mix so it seems like a great way to ease back in - more movements of this work to come.
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Videos (show all)

Andersen Op. 41 No. 14Oof. I tried to record this for days and I decided I am just far too anxious to get this any bette...
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 13Anyone else’s lips completely ruined by this past super windy week? 🙋🏼‍♀️#etudeseries #flutecent...
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 12Pro tip: etudes are much easier if you haven’t had like four cups of coffee already. #etudeserie...
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 11
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 10This one reassured me I’m getting the hang of this flute thing again 😅 okay now back to the hard...
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 9I’m not sure E major has ever been so frustrating, you can read it on my face 🙃  #etudeseries #fl...
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 8I promise when I am not playing etudes I know when to breathe. Also, goodness how long does it ta...
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 7I swear when I hit record I lose my ability to read music. This one took embarrassingly long to g...
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 6
Andersen Op. 41 - no. 5Excuse the catch in my throat, I can barely breathe 😅 I finally get to an etude that has easy phr...
Andersen Op. 15 - No. 4Played this one at twice the BPM simply for the challenge, but I’m sure there is nothing worse th...
Anderson Op. 15 - no. 3Not going to lie, I am not a fan of this etude. It felt like a chore trying to read it and then p...

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