Lesa Hornaday-Kurtz attended and was principal double bassist at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and as Valedictorian with a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance. While at UArts, Ms. Hornaday-Kurtz was on the Dean’s list each semester and was awarded Alumni Association Scholarships. She has studied for nearly a decade with Neil Courtney, retired Associate Principal Bass with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Lesa has participated in double bass sectionals and master classes with Henry Scott and Peter Lloyd, both of the Philadelphia Orchestra
As a professional, Ms. Hornaday-Kurtz has performed under the baton of Klaus Tennstedt, Charles Dutoit, Peter Nero, Rosalind Erwin, Sean Deibler, Sidney Rothstein, Jed Gaylin, Andrew Constantine and others. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music and Merriam Theater, with groups such as The Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly Pops, Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Kennett Symphony, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Pennsylvania Pro Musica, Jubilate Deo Chorale & Orchestra, Wayne Oratorio Society and The Philadelphia Boys Choir. Lesa is currently in her seventeenth year as Assistant Principal Bass of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. She also performs with Reading Symphony Orchestra and is a freelance artist in the tri-state area.