Flutist Alicia "Lish" Lindsey was born in South Korea and grew up in New Jersey, 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, PA where jimmies and sprinkles are considered two different confectionery toppings. She currently resides in the heart of New York City's Theater District.
As a freelance musician she has enjoyed performing with some of the most engaging and vibrant musicians in the United States as well as in Japan, China, Italy, England, and Wales.
Lish regularly performs with the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra (principal piccolo), Eastern Wind Symphony (principal flute, former principal piccolo), Sinfonietta Nova (principal piccolo), Random Access Music (resident flute/ryūteki player), the Endless Mountain Music Festival, Philadelphia Virtuosi, Riverside Symphonia, Centre Park Flute Ensemble (contrabass flute), UpTown Flutes, Exit 4 Wind Quintet, and Badger.Mantis, a flute/clarinet duo with her husband, Broadway woodwind musician and Grammy winner, Todd Groves.
Lish is the director and ryūteki (Dragon Flute) specialist performing medieval Japanese court music with The Gagaku Ensemble of New York and has performed/studied with the Tenri Gagaku Society.
She enthusiastically enjoyed her time as a substitute flutist for the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland (starring Matthew Morrison, Alfie Boe, Tony Yazbeck, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Kern, Paul Slade Smith) in NYC.
Pop orchestra tours include Josh Groban (with Sarah McLachlan, Foy Vance, Lena Hall), soprano Sarah Brightman (with Vincent Niclo, Narcis Iustin Ianău, Yoshiki), Il Divo , Hanson, Il Volo (Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto), Rocktopia Live (with Rob Evans, Tony Vincent, Chloe Lowery, Mairead Nesbitt), Evanescence, Celtic Thunder (Neil Byrne, Emmet Cahill, Ryan Kelly, Damian McGinty), violinist Lindsey Stirling, Strauss Symphony of America, Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration with Warren Haynes, and Video Games Live.
Current adjunct applied flute and music lecture teaching appointments include Columbia University (Japanese Gagaku Ensemble), CUNY Brooklyn College, New Jersey City University, Wilkes University, and Ethical Culture Fieldston School.
Past university positions include Montclair State University, The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Community College, and Camden County Community College.
Lish taught for four seasons in Sarteano (Italy) with Summer Music in Tuscany, and completed her sixth season as a clinician at the Pocono Flute Camp in East Stroudsburg, PA in July 2019.
Lish is a member of AFM Local 802 (NYC), 77 (Philadelphia), 62 (Trenton), the National Flute Association, the New Jersey Flute Society (board member), the Pocono Flute Society (lifetime member), the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia (board member, administrative secretary, business member, flute fair masterclass coordinator and 2024 presentation coordinator), New York Flute Club (board member), Opera America, and has held membership with the Flute Society of Washington, Texas Flute Society, and Japan Society. Lish is a newly elected member of the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra Committee.
She was the chamber recital coordinator for Sinfonietta Nova and was on the advisory board and assisted with public relations for Summer Music in Tuscany, orchestra manager for New York Opera Exchange (NYC), and on the board of directors for Carter-Glennon Arts (NJ), Fresh Squeezed Opera Company (NYC), and Litha Symphony Orchestra (NYC).
Recorded round judging includes the National Flute Association's High School Soloist Competition, San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia's Young Artist Competition, New Jersey Flute Society's Middle School, High School, and Young Artist Competitions, and was a live round judge for the New Jersey Flute Society's Young Artists Competition and Concerto Competition, Pocono Flute Society's Young Artist Competition, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia's Young Artist, Collegiate, and Tomasone Youth Artist Competitions.
Current Equipment: 14k Handmade Powell Flute with a 19.5K Powell headjoint, Kowalewsky Grenadilla Palanca Traverso, Mancke headjoint with a P. Hammig cocuswood piccolo, handmade Altus Alto, Artley Ogilvie Bass, Di Zhao Contrabass, ryutekis and shinobue by Shinobue Wako, and various world flutes and whistles.
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