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Pelican International Music Competition for Young Artists

Leonard Garrison

Leonard Garrison is University Distinguished Professor of Flute at the University of
Idaho and recipient of the University’s Presidential Mid-Career Award and an Idaho
Commission on the Arts Fellowship. He is flutist in the Northwest Wind Quintet and
the Scott/Garrison Duo, Principal Flute of the Walla Walla Symphony, and Past
President and Program Chair of The National Flute Association. In summers, he
teaches and performs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.
His twelve CDs, including premiere recordings of many works, have received rave
reviews. Flute Talk called Superflute “astounding,” and The Flute Network wrote that
“his performance was ‘just ‘superior’ both in brilliant technique and musicianship.”
Fanfare Magazine wrote of East Meets West, “Leonard Garrison’s basic sound is
extraordinary—uncommonly rich, pure, and true.”
Leonard has been flutist in the Chicago Symphony and the Tulsa Philharmonic,
soloist on National Public Radio's Performance Today, and a frequent performer at
National Flute Association conventions. He has taught at The University of Tulsa,
Bowling Green State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of
Wisconsin at Eau Claire. The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk and other journals have
published his articles.
Garrison holds a Doctor of Music from Northwestern University, a Master of Music
and Master of Arts from Stony Brook University, and Bachelor of Music from The
Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He studied with Samuel Baron, Walfrid Kujala, and
Robert Willoughby.

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Meet the Judges
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