Leslie has loved music from an early age. Beginning with piano studies and singing in choirs, she added the bassoon in 7th grade. She pursued music at Baylor University where she studied with Jeff McCray and Dr. Matthew Morris. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance and minor in Piano Pedagogy, and also completed an independent study in pedagogical resources for the bassoon. She continued her bassoon studies at Southern Methodist University and earned a Master’s degree in Music Performance, while teaching music appreciation classes for SMU undergradutes. Here, she was a student of Wilfred Roberts, retired principal of 50 years with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Leslie spent many years at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she studied with Per Hannevold, (Bergen Philharmonic, Norway).
Leslie is a frequent substitute with the Dallas Symphony and is the principal bassoonist for the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony. She plays contrabassoon with the Ft. Worth Symphony, Dallas Winds, and East Texas Symphonies and 2nd bassoon in the Richardson Symphony. She is the former principal of Las Colinas, Garland, and Arlington Symphonies, where she was honored to perform the Hummel Bassoon Concerto in 2017. Her orchestral performances have taken her to the Kennedy Center in D.C., Costa Rica, Taos, and the New World Symphony in Miami.
Leslie teaches for Brookhaven College as adjunct bassoon faculty and has an extensive private teaching studio in the Dallas area. In the summers, she has been bassoon faculty at Baylor University Summer Music Camps and is director of the Bassoon Academy of Dallas. She has also filmed and produced series of beginner and intermediate lessons for MusicProfessor.com.
Leslie’s high school students have enjoyed many successes: many are a part of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra organization or DAAYO and consistently perform well at region and all-state competitions. She has taught many who earn chairs in the Texas All-State bands and orchestras, including some who have achieved 1st chair in the state. Those who continue their bassoon studies into college have received large scholarships, some enjoying full rides to schools including the Manhattan School of Music, Baylor, SMU, University of Colorado.
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