Leslie Reed joined the LA Opera Orchestra in 1996. In 2009, music director James Conlon appointed her to the principal oboe chair, a position she currently holds. In addition, Ms. Reed is currently Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Sinfonia. Past positions include Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Glendale Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony. She has appeared as guest Principal Oboe with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and was Associate Principal Oboe of the Carmel Bach Festival for ten years. She has performed extensively as solo oboe with Camerata Pacifica and has appeared with Jacaranda, La Jolla Summerfest and the Ojai Festival. In the 1994-5 season, Ms. Reed was invited to serve as acting Associate Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, including tours of Asia, Europe and the Eastern United States.
Ms. Reed has appeared often as soloist with local ensembles performing the concertos of Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Vaughan-Williams, Richard Strauss and David Newman. Her career has also extended to the Hollywood Studios, where she has played on soundtracks for hundreds of films. She was a First Prize Winner in the 1985 Coleman Competition and a semi-finalist in the 1988 Bert Lucarelli International Competition for Solo Oboists.