Associate Professor of Music

Erin LesserHailed as a “superb flutist” (New York Times), Erin Lesser has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, Europe, China, Brazil and the USA. She is a member of Alarm Will Sound, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Due East, Scarborough Trio and the Wet Ink Ensemble. Erin recently completed a two-year fellowship with The Academy—A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, and continues to perform with Ensemble ACJW as an alumni member. Erin is a Pearl Flute Performing Artist.

Ms. Lesser is actively involved in the contemporary music world, having worked closely with composers such as Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, Helmut Lachenmann, Mario Davidovsky, Tristan Murail, Philippe Hurel and Beat Furrer. She has also collaborated with younger emerging composers internationally. She has performed with many leading ensembles including the Zankel band, Sō Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, The Knights, American Modern Ensemble and Wordless Music Orchestra. She has also commissioned many new works with her various ensembles, and presented lectures and demonstrations on flute techniques of the 21st Century.

Erin has performed on music festivals and series including: Kilkenny Arts Festival, Shanghai International Electro Acoustic Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Holland Festival, International Spectral Music Conference in Istanbul, SEAMUS, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts in LA, Miller Theatre Composer Portrait Series (NYC) and the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago.

Due East, Erin’s flute and percussion duo, won the 2008 National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition. Erin has also won top prizes in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, Artist International Competition, National Arts Center of Canada Bursary Competition and the Canadian Music Competition.

As a part of The Academy, Erin was a teaching artist in the New York City public schools for two years. She was also a part-time instructor at Northern Illinois University in 2008, and has served on the faculty at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Her performances frequently involve lectures and community outreach events.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ms. Lesser studied with Robert Cram at the University of Ottawa where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree (summa cum laude) in 1999. In 2001, she received her Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music; where she was a student of Linda Chesis. She completed her doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music in 2015.

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