"Music is me. Without me, the music will not be heard." -Rick Ball
In addition to her responsibilities as a Doctoral student and Teaching Assistant at Louisiana State University, Lea Baumert-Patterson is an active freelancer in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas and is a regular sub with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony, and the Marigny Opera-Ballet.
Lea has been a guest flutist with distinguished ensembles such as the Dallas Opera, Tulsa Symphony and Ballet, Amarillo Opera, and National Repertory Orchestra and has been a soloist with the LSU Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their concerto competition. As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, she has performed in venues all over the United States and Eastern Europe.
Apart from her appearances on stage, Lea is also committed to teaching. Before her studies at LSU, she taught a private studio of over 50 high school and middle school students in the North Dallas area. During her time in Dallas, she served as a judge for regional auditions and taught masterclasses in Dallas and Fort Worth. Lea teaches flutists of all ages, from elementary school to young adults and undergraduates and was a featured clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association in 2019, presenting on the basics of private studio teaching.
Apart from sharing classical music with audiences, Lea is very familiar with the administrative and production side of the arts. She has served West Texas A&M University and the National Repertory Orchestra as a stage manager. Currently, serves on the executive boards for the Louisiana Flute Society and the New Music on the Bayou organizations as treasurer for both.
Lea holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from West Texas A&M University. Her principal teachers include Dr. Katherine Kemler and Helen Blackburn.