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Leander S.

Memphis, TN

About Leander S.

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Leander teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: 2007
Last sign in: More than two months


A little about me: I am the French horn player with the touring wind quintet the City of Tomorrow. In addition to my work with the City of Tomorrow, I hold positions with the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Portland Opera Orchestra. I also play regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee. As well as teaching private students, I am the horn instructor at both Rhodes College and the University of Mississippi at Oxford.

My Teaching Philosophies:
- Fundamentals are the key to success. Understanding and integrating basic principles of brass playing (including air-support, embouchure, and articulation) are the primary goals of most exercises.
- Lessons should be fun and full of experimentation. During lessons, there will be times when we improvise, try to make different noises on our instruments, and try out new ways of solving problems.
- Music can be understood instinctually and intellectually. Both are important to being a musician. During lessons we will improve the instinctual understanding of music by singing, listening, and exploring options of musical expression. Intellectual understanding will be deepened through study of music theory, composition, and historical performance-practice.

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Photos and Videos

Teaching a VERY young student at an instrument petting zoo in Germantown, TN.


Adjunct Instructor in Music
Aug 2015 - Present
University of Mississippi at Oxford

Regular Substitute Horn
Sep 2014 - Present
Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Applied Instructor of Horn
Aug 2014 - Present
Rhodes College

4th Horn (tenured)
Sep 2013 - Present
Portland Opera Orchestra

4th Horn (tenured)
Sep 2012 - Present
Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra


MM French Horn Performance and Literature
Sep 2008 - Jun 2010
Northwestern University
BM Music Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2007
San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant
Aug 2014
Chamber Music America
Gold Medalist
May 2011
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition


Chamber Music America
May 2011

Chamber Music America (CMA) is an American non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters, a national conference held annually in New York City, and the publication of Chamber Music magazine.

American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2000

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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