Leelanee Sterrett


Leelanee Sterrett is the third horn of the New York Philharmonic and joined the orchestra in June 2013. She was previously a regular substitute musician with the Philharmonic; a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; and a fellow of Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates. In recent seasons, Sterrett has made solo appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and with her Philharmonic colleagues at the 2014 International Horn Symposium in London.

A northern-Michigan native, Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Purvis, Douglas Hill, and Julie Schleif. Sterrett has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a past prizewinner in the International Horn Competition of America and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program.