Bruce Lehman

Bruce Lehman

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First Season with SO:1993

Degrees/Colleges: Bachelor of Music from Indiana State University and Master of Music from the University of Akron.  

Hobbies / interests: Photography

Personal Fact / Something you would like people to know about you: I’m a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the recipient of 1979 National Percussion Award.

Bruce Lehman is beginning his 23rd season as a percussionist with the Sarasota Orchestra. He is also principal percussionist for the Salute to Vienna Orchestra and a private instructor.

He began his percussion career at age 10 in northern Indiana and by age 15 had begun teaching other percussionists. Bruce completed his undergraduate work at Indiana State University. In his junior year, he competed in and won the Music Teachers National Association national percussion competition. Bruce continued his education by earning his MM degree from the University of Akron. Before moving to Sarasota, he was principal percussionist for the South Bend Symphony and played with the Terre Haute Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Akron Symphony.

Bruce continues to make educating young percussionists a career focus. He has been an instructor for the Sarasota Youth Orchestra and continues teaching for the Summer Music Camp and Gulf Coast Homeschool Fine Arts music program.

Bruce enjoys an additional career as a photographer, winning a second place among 90,000 entries in the international 2015 UK Kennel Club photo competition and first place in a 2014 Architectural Digest photo contest. Bruce specializes in nature and fine arts photography. He and his wife Carol enjoy providing a loving home for rescued German Shepherds (currently Margo and Jojo).

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Written byHerald Tribune

 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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