Leslie Kahler

Leslie K.

Aurora, CO
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Leslie is a Denver based musician—clarinetist and teacher—who performs in solo and collaborative projects across the state while maintaining an active teaching studio. Leslie is in high demand as both a performer and teacher. Recent performances include solo performances is Denver and Stapleton, several chamber performances with her wind trio Enigma and the Lamont Clarinet Choir, and appearances with the Lone Tree Symphony, the San Juan Symphony, Lakewood Symphony, the Denver Pops Orchestra, the Littleton Symphony, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and extensive time playing Eb clarinet with the Lamont Wind Ensemble.

After she began playing clarinet with her hands switched, and consequently as the worst clarinetist in her band, Leslie began studying privately and soon discovered a passion for teaching and helping her own students improve the way her teachers helped her. Leslie is a passionate educator who has spent time on faculty at Mt. Holyoke College and the Eaglebrook School. She currently maintains a private studio in Denver and is an active guest clinician across Colorado.

Leslie studied clarinet at Adams State, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and recently completed a Performance Certificate at the University of Denver. Influential teachers include Dr. Tracy Doyle, Claudia Weir, Michael Sussman, and Dr. Jeremy Reynolds. Leslie loves the color green, otters, Beethoven Symphony Number 7, Mozart operas, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the smell of rosemary, and her rather aggressive, toothless cat.

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  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • BA Music Performance from Adams State University

Reviews (15)

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Paula C. Sep 8, 2019
Clarinet · Online

Wae Aug 22, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Leslie was very patient but thorough with my beginning saxophone player. She stressed the goal of having fun with music - and my daughter did!

Michelle K. Jul 23, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Leslie C. May 8, 2019
Clarinet · Online

Leslie was endlessly patient with my beginner status and had great suggestions for how to practice efficiently and make some of the transitions I was having trouble with, like b flat to c to c sharp.

shin Mar 22, 2019
Clarinet · Online

Tim Mar 20, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Leslie is very knowledgeable, flexible, listens well, teaches well and very encouraging. I couldn’t ask for more, and I’ve had three other teachers.
I’m excited about learning from her.

Rachel Mar 4, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Leslie has been amazing with our 13 year old who is learning saxophone as a beginner. She has taken the time to get to know our daughter and is a great listener. She teaches while involving Emma in the lesson plan. She is collaborative but has clear expectations for growth; it has been the instructional style our daughter needed. Leslie has also been very flexible with last minute schedule changes and is very responsive. We were nervous to use this platform as a new student, but it has been more effective than in-person instruction. Highly recommend Leslie!

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Ethan Jan 24, 2019
Saxophone · In home

My son has fallen back in love with playing his saxophone again. Thanks, Leslie, for your expertise and encouragement.

Aaron B. Jan 21, 2019
Clarinet · In home

An amazing teacher that takes things at my pace and explains things as in depth as I need
I couldn’t ask for a better teacher
I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a clarinet instructor

Rachel Dec 17, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Dalia Dec 5, 2018
Flute · In home

Leslie is a great teacher for my 9 year old daughter. She is fun and upbeat but also makes sure my daughter is learning.

Remi B. May 20, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

She was great

Flemming Dec 22, 2017
Clarinet · Online

of to a good start. Enjoyed the lesson.

Flemming Dec 20, 2017
Clarinet · Online

Great introduction.

Connor D. Sep 17, 2017
Clarinet · In studio

Great first lesson! Leslie was very professional, prepared and thorough. Really liked the way she walked through everything and was always open for questions along the way. She gave both positive and constructive feedback.



Experience

Freelance Clarinetist
Aug 2008 - Present

Self

Performing with various ensembles ranging from chamber ensembles to full orchestras on a per-service basis. Experience includes playing for symphony orchestras, full-scale operas, musicals, and film scores.

Adjunct Instructor
Jan 2019 - May 2019

Adams State University

Adjunct instructor of Clarinet Literature and Pedagogy. Duties included leading lectures and running research projects related to the clarinet and the instruction of the clarinet. Helped students to gain a wider knowledge base of clarinet literature, including solo literature, etudes, and orchestral excerpts, and how to instruct other student on clarinet playing.

Clarinetist, Camp Counselor, Instructor
May 2009 - Aug 2016

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Served as a counselor and International Program Assistant. Duties included leading sectionals for major symphonic works, and supervising & performing repertoire with students throughout western Europe as a part of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program

Clarinet Instructor
Oct 2013 - May 2015

The Eaglebrook School

Responsible for managing and instructing entire clarinet studio. Duties included providing weekly individualized instruction to each studio member with a heavy focus on building correct technique and fundamental clarinet skills

Clarinet Instructor, Adjunct
Aug 2013 - May 2014

Mount Holyoke College

Responsible for managing and instructing entire clarinet studio. Duties included providing weekly individualized instruction to each studio member, collaborating and coaching students to prepare professional-level recitals, instructing an elective course in Klezmer Clarinet Techniques, and coordinating lesson and event scheduling with students and other faculty members.

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2011 - May 2013

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Duties included managing studio operations and leading weekly classes for a studio of 25 clarinetists, coordinating lesson schedules and events with faculty members, providing weekly private lessons to 6 undergraduate students, and teaching Clarinet Tech to a class of 30 undergraduate music education students.


Education

Performance Certificate, Clarinet
Sep 2017 - May 2018

University of Denver

MM Music Performance, Clarinet
Sep 2011 - May 2013

University of Massachusetts Amherst

BA Music Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2011

Adams State University


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Affiliations

International Clarinet Association
Jan 2010
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.

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