Alice Lenaghan


From the Golden State to the Emerald Isle, flutist Alice Lenaghan’s career has taken her to stages in large outdoor venues, historic churches, sporting facilities with jumbotrons and intimate theaters. She is currently Principal Flute of the Oakland Symphony and has performed principal flute with numerous orchestras including the Detroit, Toledo, Flint and Reno Symphonies, and the Michigan, Festival and Sacramento Operas. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with several orchestras including center stage at the California State Fair, recorded at Skywalker Sound and performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Oracle Park, Oakland Arena and in majestic cathedrals throughout Ireland. Her playing has been described as processing “limpid tone and astonishing eloquence” (San Francisco Chronicle), “poignantly expressive” (Battle Creek Enquirer), and the Sacramento Bee declares, “Lenaghan was resplendent again”.

A versatile and expressive performer in many genres, Alice Lenaghan is a sought out chamber musician. As a member of Duo Viva, her premiere CD is available from Little Piper and Flute World and her flute and piano duo was awarded performance grants through the Yolo County and California Arts Councils. Additionally she has been a guest musician with contemporary music ensembles Earplay and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and performs as a member of the Pacific Arts Trio. Also accomplished on the baroque flute, Ms. Lenaghan has appeared as a guest traverso soloist with the Sacramento Baroque Soloists. She has frequently been invited to perform for the National Flute Association and has served on the faculties at Universities throughout Michigan and California.

Alice Lenaghan holds a doctorate in flute performance from the University of Michigan in addition to performance degrees from Western Michigan University (M.M.) and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M). Her teachers include Leone Buyse, Christine Smith, Michel Debost, Ervin Monroe and Michael Lynn and Claire Guimond on traverso. She lives in Sacramento with her husband where she enjoys reading, cooking, sewing and is an award winning knitter.