Leanna Keith (b. 1992)
Leanna Keith is a freelance flutist and composer. Her passion for new music drives her to perform contemporary works for solo flute, as well as with her flute and guitar duo, the Keith/Larson Duo, with guitarist Zachary Larson. As a composer, for two years in a row, Ms. Keith placed in the Nebraska Vespers Youth Composers competition. Her love of Chinese music and culture brought her to present her research on dizi internationally at the 2013 Canadian Flute Convention in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to her flute performance training at the University of Washington with Donna Shin and at the University of Nebraska at Omaha with Dr. Christine E. Beard, Ms. Keith has studied traditional chinese dizi with Jianxun Xia.