Jane Lenoir, Berkeley, CA, graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin College Conservatory. Her teachers were Robert Willoughby, Tom Nyfenger, and Julius Baker, among others. She has been a flute teacher for 40+ years, and an active performer in the fields of chamber music, symphonic music, new music, jazz, Afro Cuban and Brazilian Music for many years. She is a founding member of Berkeley Choro Ensemble (www.berkeleychoroensemble.com), Sexteto Matiz, and Primavera Latin Jazz. She has studied and performed with Jovino Santos Neto, Marcos Silva, Carlos Oliveira, Paulo Sergio Santos and many other Brazilian Artists in the fields of Brazilian Jazz and Traditional Music. She is principal flute and frequent soloist with Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Grass Valley, CA, and freelances with many bay area orchestras and ensembles.
As a teacher, she is interested in supporting her students interests in various styles of music, including band, orchestra, solo performance and other styles. Her students have performed in many local school bands, orchestras, as well as local youth orchestras, including Marin, Oakland, Berkeley, and more. In addition to jazz and Brazilian music, Jane plays Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton styles on a modern flute as well as an trad flute. She has spent 5 summers at Boxwood Festival in Canada, and actively supports her students in learning these styles. She also plays Baroque flute (Traverso), has studied with Rachel Brown, Sandra Miller, and Janet See, and trained in Historically Informed Pracitce (HIP).
In 2017-2018, Jane released two CD’s of Brazilian music: Jane Lenoir play Penezzi, with São Paulo guitarist and composer, Alessandro Penezzi, and The View from Here, with the Berkeley Choro Ensemble, representing 10 years of travel and study in Brazil:
I love working with people of all ages, but especially children who are beginning their journey with music lessons. It gives me great joy to share my love of the flute in all its various aspects: The sound of the flute is so beautiful, and it comes from deep inside every person. When one learns to produce a beautiful, expressive sound on the instrument, it empowers them in a special way.
Jane Lenoir is a rare find in a music teacher: classically trained and tremendously accomplished, she also incorporates jazz and world music into lessons. She knows how to walk the fine line between lessons being work and lessons being fun. My son studied with her for ten years before leaving for college and she is amazing at navigating the teen years as well as immediately connecting with young children. Jane's students all share distinctive qualities in their music: a great tone, excellent intonation, enhanced musicality (no matter where they started), and willingness to try new things. She’s brilliant at keeping students connected to the music by finding the right pieces to help them grow, rather than following a prescribed pattern. I’m so grateful to the musician who recommended her to me: she was the perfect teacher for my son.
I am patient, supportive, and view music lessons as an opportunity to help the student grow as a total person, as learning music opens a whole world of creativity and passion.
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I am trained as a Suzuki teacher, as well as many years as a
teacher of students at all level: 6-70