Leonard Garrison is Associate Professor of Flute and Aural Skills at the University of Idaho and recipient of the University’s Presidential Mid-Career Award and an Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship. He is flutist in the Northwest Wind Quintet and the Scott/Garrison Duo, Principal Flute of the Walla Walla Symphony, and Past President of The National Flute Association. In summers, he teaches and performs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana, where he is Artistic Director.
His six CDs, including premiere recordings of many works, have received rave reviews. Flute Talk called Superflute “astounding,” and The Flute Network said “his performance was ‘just ‘superior’ both in brilliant technique and musicianship.” Fanfare Magazine wrote of East Meets West, “Leonard Garrison’s basic sound is extraordinary—uncommonly rich, pure, and true.”
Leonard has been flutist in the Chicago Symphony and the Tulsa Philharmonic, soloist on National Public Radio's Performance Today, and a frequent performer at National Flute Association conventions. He has taught at The University of Tulsa, Bowling Green State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk and other journals have published his articles.
Garrison holds a Doctor of Music from Northwestern University, a Master of Music and Master of Arts from Stony Brook University, and Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He studied with Samuel Baron, Walfrid Kujala, and Robert Willoughby.