Hannah Leffler, a Miyazawa Emerging Artist, has held flute faculty positions at Luther College, University of Northern Iowa, Northeast Iowa School of Music, the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Sounds of Summer Institute, and numerous high schools and middle schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. She currently resides in Texas, where she is Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in flute performance at the University of North Texas and has worked as Teaching Fellow. Her primary teachers at UNT have been Professor Terri Sundberg and Dr. James Scott. She has been a featured guest artist and clinician at numerous schools and events across the Midwest, including the Exploring Chamber Music Festival held at the University of Northern Iowa. She performs frequently with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has been a principal substitute flutist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She is a current member of the Movēre Woodwind Quintet, comprised of Lutheran Summer Music Festival faculty. In addition, Hannah is the founding member of WoodWired Duo, an electroacoustic duo with bass clarinetist Cheyenne Cruz.
She received a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Angeleita Floyd and served as her Graduate Assistant. After finishing her degree, she was named the winner of the UNI Outstanding Creative Master’s Thesis Award and was selected by faculty nomination to be honored as an Outstanding Alumni of the UNI Graduate School. She graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance and was a student of Professor Parthena Owens. Additional teachers include Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Kristin Grant, and Elizabeth McNutt.
Most recently, Hannah was a prizewinner in the 2017 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. She was also named a winner of the annual Francis Walton Artist Competition. In 2012, she received first place in the NFA’s Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition. Hannah has been a prizewinner in the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, the Atlanta Young Artist Competition, the Crescendo Music Awards, and the Couer d’Alene Young Artist Competition. In addition, she was a featured soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic, and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. In 2008, she was named as a recipient of the renowned Theodore Presser Award for excellence in music and was elected into the honor societies of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi. She is an active member of the National Flute Association and Texas Flute Society, where she has served on numerous committees.
WoodWired Duo is an innovative group based in Dallas, Texas that combines the best of the classical woodwind sound with the endless possibilities of live electronics. WoodWired works with live loops, triggered effects like pitch-bending, distortion, delay, chorus pedals, and midi sounds controlled with keyboards and foot pedals. All of the music performed is arranged or written by the group. WoodWired regularly performs at universities, galleries, performance halls, and festivals across the country. Most recently, they were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to perform at ClarinetFest 2017 in Orlando, Florida and the annual National Flute Association convention in San Diego, California.
Dr. Cheyenne Cruz joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016 as Lecturer of Clarinet. Cheyenne was recently named a Buffet Performing Artist, and holds positions as the second clarinetist for the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and the Longview Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she taught at the collegiate level as Adjunct Clarinet Instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University, and was the Teaching Fellow in chamber music for the University of North Texas in 2015. Cheyenne also maintains a select private clarinet studio in the DFW area, and her high school students have been accepted into All-State bands and orchestras for both the TMEA and ATSSB organizations. Cheyenne completed her DMA in clarinet performance with a related field in music education at the University of North Texas in 2015. She also holds a Master's degree in clarinet performance from the Florida State University and Bachelor's degree in music education from McMurry University.
As a soloist, Cheyenne recently performed Scott McAllister's Black Dog concerto with the UTA Wind Ensemble at their showcase concert for the Texas Music Educator's Association convention (TMEA) in February 2017. An an large ensemble performer, she has appeared with the Dallas Winds, the Lone Start Wind Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony. An active chamber musician, Cheyenne’s previous wind quintet, The Center Quintet, was invited to perform at both the Plowman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Currently, she is a member of the Madera Wind Quintet where she performs alongside her husband, bassoonist Jorge Cruz. In addition to those traditional ensembles, Cheyenne is now composing and arranging while also performing with her newest chamber music group, WoodWired, an electroacoustic duo with flutist Hannah Leffler. WoodWired has been actively performing original music for bass clarinet, flute, and electronics since 2015.
In addition to her performing ventures, Cheyenne has been published in The Clarinet Magazine, the monthly journal issued by the International Clarinet Association, with an article entitled "A Pedagogical Guide to Playing Bass Clarinet in a Wind Ensemble." Prior to that, she completed an undergraduate thesis entitled "Mickey Mousing Squared: Postmodernism in Cartoon Music" for which she graduated with special honors in Music History. Her major clarinet teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.
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