Leelanee Sterrett received her M.M. degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with William Purvis, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, studying with Douglas Hill. A native of northern Michigan, she also graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. In addition to performing with the New York Philharmonic, Leelanee has been a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as well as the La Crosse and Fox Valley symphony orchestras in Wisconsin. In 2007 she was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and also received second prize in the International Horn Competition of America. She has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota Music festivals, and the National Orchestral Institute. As part of her Academy program, Leelanee taught in Queens at PS 13Q.