Chief Musician Leah Abbott, clarinet, was a founding member of the acclaimed woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro. In addition to winning top prizes at the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, Vento Chiaro was the quintet in residence at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While at Longy, Leah was a concerto competition winner and performed Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with the Longy Chamber Orchestra. She has performed in the clarinet sections of the Florida Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Symphony of the Americas, the Ballet Florida Orchestra, and the Manhattan Virtuosi.
MUC Abbott has taught clarinet and chamber music at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Larchmont Music Academy, and at the Dana Hall School of Music in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Leah earned an Artist Diploma in chamber music performance from the Longy School of Music, a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Harid Conservatory. In addition to her musical pursuits, MUC Abbott enjoys reading, jogging, and cooking. She joined the U.S. Coast Guard Band in January 2003.