Flutist Laura Lentz is a dynamic performer and dedicated teacher based in Rochester, NY, originally from the Catskills of New York State. Ms. Lentz returned to her home state in 2011 after eight years of living abroad in Rome, Italy. Growing up in a musical home, her composer and jazz musician-father taught her the blues and a love for music. Ms. Lentz later completed flute performance degrees at the UW-Madison with Stephanie Jutt and the Crane School of Music with Kenneth Andrews, advanced studies with Carnegie Mellon flutist Alberto Almarza, as well as additional studies while in Italy. She co-founded the Crossroads Trio in 1998 with two other colleagues from the UW-Madison School of Music, and traveled and performed across the United States and in Italy and Malta with their diverse repertoire of chamber music for flute, cello and piano. Invited to the National Flute Convention on two occasions, the trio also performed several times live on Wisconsin Public Radio. Ms. Lentz has also performed with the Latin American folk ensemble, Sotavento, the Madison Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, with the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Festival, as well as with the Pittsburgh-based Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Presently Ms. Lentz performs with the new music quintet fivebyfive, with performances on WXXI's Live from Hochstein program and throughout the Rochester area. She is also one of the founders of Chamber Music for Change, which hosts benefit performances to raise money for organizations such as the ACLU. She also enjoys collaborating with artists across the disciplines in other current projects. A passionate educator, Ms. Lentz teaches students of all ages through her private studio, and as Adjunct Professor of Flute and Director of the Flute Ensemble at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She has also taught for the Skidmore Summer Flute Institute, Kanack School of Music, and the Eastman Community Music School, among others.