Lisa Byrnes has played Associate Principal Flute with the Utah Symphony since 2000 and held the position of Principal Flute for the 2011-12 season. A native of Northern California, Ms. Byrnes studied flute at the Eastman School of Music and graduated with her BM and MM degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers were Julius Baker, Jeffrey Khaner, Timothy Day, Bonita Boyd and Richard Sherman.
Prior to playing with the Utah Symphony, Ms. Byrnes played with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. She also served as Principal flute for 6 years with the San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theatre as well as the Sarasota Opera Company. She has performed in several music festivals including Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Chautauqua Festival, the International Music Festival at Evian, France and the Edinburgh International Music Festival. She has appeared as a concert soloist with many orchestras including the Utah Symphony.
Ms. Byrnes currently serves on the faculty of the University of Utah and has also served at Brigham Young University. She has been a long time faculty member at the Humboldt State University Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop since 1994. She has enjoyed an active chamber music life performing with groups such as The Left Coast Ensemble, Alternate Currents, Nova Chamber Series, Intermezzo Chamber Series, Three Fish and a Scorpion and Sundays@7 at the University of Utah.