Jane Lenoir graduated from Interlochen and Oberlin, studying with Bob Willoughby, Juius Baker, and Tom Nyfenger. Comfortable in many styles, she is Principal Flute in Music in the Mountains Festival in CA, was Principal Flute in the Arizona Music Festival for 16 years, has performed with many classical groups and orchestras in the Bay Area, including the SF Opera, SF Ballet, Oakland Symphony and more. In new music, she recorded with the Seattle Group for New Music, and performed with the the George Coates and Paul Dresher Ensembles, as well as the Mills College New Music Ensemble.
For the past 10 years, Jane has been involved with Brazilian music and other Latin flute styles, and was a founding member of the Berkeley Choro Ensemble, and co-director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro, producing 3 festivals of Brazilian choro music at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley since 2013. In October of 2017, the 4th festival will take place, featuring her ensemble and guest artists from Brazil. Other albums include “fluid”–a jazz album with Brad Buethe, John Wiitala and Chris Braun, “Live at Anna’s Jazz Island”, with Calvin Keys, guitar, and Confluencia with Matiz Ensemble. In August, 2017 her new CD of duos with the Brazilian 7-string guitarist and composer Alessandro Penezzi was released, and in October, 2017, Berkeley Choro Ensemble’s first CD, “The View from Here”, featuring contemporary choros by living Brazilian composers, will be released. She is also artistic director of a concert series in Albany, Third Sunday Concerts at St. Alban’s.
An active teacher, she is on the faculty of San Domenico School in San Anselmo, and teaches privately in Berkeley and Marin as well. As a teacher, her students have been competition winners in locally and nationally, as well as concerto performers with local youth orchestras, including Oakland Youth Orchestra and Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. As an improviser and world music performer, she also teaches celtic, fusion, jazz improv and other styles in addition to classical flute studies.