FLUTIST AND TEACHER Laura Lentz is based in Rochester, NY. She returned to her home state of New York in 2011 after living abroad in Rome, Italy, and spending some years in both Madison, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for her studies.
Equally passionate about both performing and teaching, Laura has had a diverse career in both the US and Europe. Most recently Laura co-founded the modern chamber quintet fivebyfive based in Rochester NY. The ensemble has presented more than 40 concerts in the past five years (2015-2020) by nearly 50 living composers, including 20+ premieres of new works or arrangements. Awarded the winner of the 2018 Eastman / ArtistShare New Artist Program and two New Music USA project grants for its work focusing on the union of American visual art and music, fivebyfive was recently featured on Performance Today with Fred Child.
In addition to performing with fivebyfive, Laura is an active freelance flutist in the Rochester area collaborating with a wide range of musicians and artists.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Laura commissioned “comfort pieces” for solo flute by composers Amy Nam, Mina Esary, Anthony Green, Ryne Siesky, Olivia Kieffer and Jon Russell, and several of these works were featured on WXXI’s “HomeStage” in April of 2020. Laura also co-founded 6PM Music in Rochester during this period, providing a space for Rochester area residents to share music each night around the 6:00 hour via video on Facebook. The initiatives received press from Rochester’s WXXI and CITY Newspaper, as well as from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Laura is Adjunct Professor of Flute at the Rochester Institute of Technology and teaches also at her home studio in Brighton. She has served on the Career and Artistic Development Committee for the National Flute Association, as board member for the Rochester Flute Association (RFA), and sponsors a bi-annual flute competition in the Rochester area for students in grades 5-8 held every two years at RFA’s Flute Fair.
In the News
September 11, 2020
RIT talents shine in this year’s Fringe fest @ home
Nearly 20 artists and groups from Rochester Institute of Technology are participating in this year’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival @ Home, a 12-day virtual event beginning Tuesday and continuing through Sept. 26.
February 6, 2019
Laura Lentz, adjunct professor, Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture, featured in City Newspaper.