LEAP Welcomes New Director Michelle Stanley



 LEAP is thrilled to welcome new director Dr. Michelle Stanley!

Michelle Batty Stanley is Associate Professor of Music at Colorado State University where she is the Director of the LEAP Institute, and Professor of flute. Michelle is a regular performer in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. From early music to new music, Michelle is a passionate performer and strong advocate of the musical arts. She is a regular international artist and has enjoyed giving masterclasses from China to the U.S.. She has performed in throughout the U.S. and in Russia, Japan, China, France, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary and Russia. She is on the faculty of the Interharmony Music Festival in Italy.

Michelle is a regular performer in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and is principal flute for the Pro Musica chamber orchestra and the Colorado Bach Ensemble and Festival. She was the second flutist/piccolo player with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra from 2008-2013.  She has presented and performed for the National Flute Convention (2017 in Minneapolis, 2016 in San Diego, 2012 in Las Vegas, 1999 in Atlanta), College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, Colorado Music Educators Association conference (2010, 2013), and Music Teachers National Association State and National conferences. She has performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and spent 5 seasons as the second flutist with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra.

She is a founding member and performer with the Sonora Chamber Duo that regularly performs and commissions chamber music for flute and cello. She has commissioned and premiered over 20 works from composers throughout the United States. Her first CD of newly commissioned chamber music was released by Centaur Records in 2006 and her second recording of French flute music was released by Navona records in 2018. Her third recording of contemporary flute and guitar will be released by Navona records in 2019.

In addition to her active performing career, Dr. Stanley is the author of an online music appreciation textbook published by Great River Technologies called ‘Music Appreciation: Successful Listening in All Music’. This text is used at CSU for over 3000 students per year.

A strong advocate for the arts, Dr. Stanley was one of the founding creators of the LEAP Institute at Colorado State University. LEAP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy and the Public) is an interdisciplinary program that offers an undergraduate minor and a Masters degree in arts leadership, entrepreneurship and advocacy. Director since August of 2018, Michelle is committed to helping LEAP thrive for its students.

Michelle received a M.M and D.M.A in flute performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a B.A. in Music from the University of New Hampshire. She also attended Trinity College of Music in London where she studied with Anne Cherry.