Cleo Leung

Contact Information

  • Email: Cleo Leung
  • Phone: 937-229-3936
  • Location: FH 477

Cleo Leung

Adjunct Faculty, Flute

  • Adjunct


Flutist Cleo Leung was born to Hong Kong parents in San Francisco, California. Growing up, she split her time between the two countries. She was first introduced to the flute in a first grade school assembly in Hong Kong, and given the chance to study the instrument in an after school music program in California. During her undergraduate studies at Harvard University concentrating in Physics (A.B. 2008), she continued her musical life as an active member of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra (including performance tours of South Korea in 2008 and New York City in 2007), the Brahms and Bach Society Orchestras, the Harvard Pops, the Lowell House Opera, as well as collaborating in wind quintets and with mixed chamber ensembles.

In 2009, Dr. Leung began flute and piccolo studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Dr. Brad Garner, completing a M.M. (2011) and D.M.A. with a cognate in Orchestral Studies, supervised by Maestro Mark Gibson (2014). Her doctoral dissertation uses physics laboratory techniques from her previous studies to show definitively the effects of different metal composition on sound production (Overtone Characterization of Garner Headjoints Using Spectrographic Analysis and Fast Fourier Transforms, ProQuest, 2014). Other major teachers include Joan Voorhees, Randy Bowman, Soo-Kyung Park, Keith Underwood, Renee Krimsier, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Maria Tamburrino.

In addition to her services at the University of Dayton as an adjunct flute instructor and director of the flute ensemble, she is also a freelance performer and teacher in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky areas, appearing with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, the Owensboro Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, and Queen City Chamber Opera, flute/piccolo instructor associated with the Hamilton, Grant County, Mariemont, Boone County, and Forest Hills Public School Districts. She is also the coordinator for UD’s Summer Woodwind Performance Institute. For more information, please visit