Catherine LeGrand has been inspiring students and audiences for over 25 years. Her career is centered on the quest for more efficient and expressive performance and on sharing her discoveries with students and colleagues.
She cultivates a worldwide private flute studio comprised of beginners though professionals, while maintaining a busy personal appearance schedule as soloist, recording artist, chamber musician, traveling pedagogue and clinician. Currently living in North Carolina, she serves as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Campbell University.
A native of West Virginia, she received her Bachelor of Music. and Masters of Music. from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music with additional studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. Teachers include Keith Underwood, Paige Brook, Loren Lind, Kyril Magg, Jack Wellbaum and Robert Cavally. Ms. LeGrand has served as Principal Flute of the Houston Grand Opera, Texas Opera Theater Orchestra, Piccolo of the Lexington Philharmonic (KY), and has performed often with the Houston Symphony. She has also performed with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Houston Ballet Orchestra. She serves as Principal Flute and frequent soloist with the Superior Festival Orchestra based in Marquette, Michigan.
She has presented concerts or workshops at annual flute events for the Houston Flute Club, the Raleigh Area Flute Association, and the National Flute Association. Through the years, Ms. LeGrand’s students and former students have achieved many national honors including: winner and semi-finalist, Flute Talk Competition; semi-finalists, Myrna Brown Competition; finalists, National Flute Association High School Soloists Competition; winners, National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir Competition; winners, National Flute Association High School Flute Choir Competition; performers, National Flute Association Masterclasses; finalists, Kingsville Young Artist Competition; winner, Frank Bowen Competition.
Among her previous teaching contributions, Ms. LeGrand was Flute Instructor and Flute Choir Director at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Flute Consultant at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and Instructor of Flute at San Jacinto College.
Ms. LeGrand enjoys combining her passions for teaching, performing and traveling and is a frequent guest artist and clinician. In 2003, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, together with AMA Studios, sponsored Ms. LeGrand in a concert and a series of masterclasses for instrumentalists and vocalists.
With pianist Kenneth Grigg, Ms. LeGrand tours as the duo Senza Misura. She has three albums in current release: Inspirations: Music for solo flute; and two albums with Dulcimer Dan and the Blue Skies Band: Let me Call You Sweetheart and Memories Made in the South.
Ms. LeGrand performs on a Verne Q, Powell flute and a headjoint made by David C. Williams.