Dr. Sarah Shin

Dr. Sarah S.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a doctorate in flute performance and teach students of all ages and levels. I cover topics from developing proper form to producing a beautiful tone, creating own musical ideas, performing with self-confidence, developing a helpful warm-up, and preparing for an audition. Many of my students have made honor bands/orchestras, won competitions, and pursued music in their undergraduate/graduate degree. I tailor all lessons for the students and we work together to find the best curriculum for them.

Learning to play flute is not only learning how to be disciplined in your art, but also learning how to be creative and share music with your community. I hope to help you refine your technique as well as exploring all kinds of repertoire for the flute!

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in from Rutgers University, as a graduate teaching assistant.

I am greatly indebted to my teachers Jeanne Baxtresser (former principal flute of New York Philharmonic), Bart Feller (principal flute of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera), Thomas Robertello (former member of Pittsburgh Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and National Symphony), Judy Grant (founder of Boston Flute Academy), and Alberto Almarza (professor of flute at Carnegie Mellon University).

About Dr. Sarah S.

Flutist Dr. Sarah Shin is a vibrant performer, educator, and collaborator. She has performed in Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston, Le Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Gewandhaus Theatre in Leipzig Germany, and Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea. She has performed in festivals in France, Brazil, Mexico, and nation- wide within the United States. She is also a winner and finalist for competitions such as The American Prize Competition, Classics Alive Artists Competition, First Place Winner of Upper Midwest Flute Young Artist Competition, First Prize Winner of American Protege International Competition, and First Prize Winner of Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. Some of the highlights for this upcoming year include recording an album at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Austria, performing a tour in Spain, and performing at Smetana Hall in the Czech Republic. Sarah is a Solo Artist with IMK Classic, management based in Vienna, Austria.

As an educator, Sarah is Co-President of the New Jersey Flute Society and is on faculty at the Rutgers University Community Arts as flute instructor and chamber music coach. She has given masterclasses and workshops at universities and conventions all over the US, such as Princeton University, University of Washington, University of Virginia Flute Forum, Utah Valley University, and The Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention. During the 2016-2017 school year, she was on the Flute Faculty at the Center for Musical Excellence in New Vernon, NJ. She also served as the Director of Admissions.

Along with a substantial teaching and performing schedule, Sarah is an active chamber musician and orchestral musician. She is the Principal Flute of Houston Serenade Project, a chamber series founded in Houston, TX. She is also a founding member of the Emissary Quartet (EQ), founded in 2009. In November 2016, the Emissary Quartet premiered a work by Annika Socolofsky, which was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. EQ was quarterfinalists in the 2016 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and was the only flute quartet to have competed within the last seven years. They also performed at the National Flute Association's 44th Convention in San Diego, California and the 2018 BMI Classical Music Awards in New York City. EQ are recipients of grants from the Friends of Flutes Foundation, Inc. and NewMusic USA.

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Felicia D.
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I highly recommend Sarah. She has excellent skills for any teacher - she's encouraging, knowledgeable and patient. I'm an adult who played piano years ago and always wanted to play the flute but I was frustrated, squeaky, out of breath, and out of tune. With a few weeks of lessons I'm further along than I was trying to teach myself over years.
I had years of serious music study with critical music teachers who made me embarrassed about mistakes and dread my lessons. With Sarah, the learning is fun and I now look forward to every lesson.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Felicia D.
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I highly recommend Sarah. She has excellent skills for any teacher - she's encouraging, knowledgeable and patient. I'm an adult who played piano years ago and always wanted to play the flute but was frustrated, squeaky, out of breath, and out of tune. With a few weeks of lessons I'm further along than I was trying to teach myself over years.
I had years of serious music study with critical music teachers who made me embarrassed about mistakes and dread my lessons. With Sarah, the learning is fun and I now look forward to every lesson.

Posted Apr 4, 2016

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Experience

Flute Faculty Teacher
Sep 2015 - Present

Rutgers University Community Arts

I am a Flute Faculty Teacher. I teach private flute lessons, group flute lessons, and flute masterclasses.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts
Sep 2015 - Dec 2018

Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts

Master of Music
Aug 2012 - Apr 2014

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Carnegie Mellon University

Awards

Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar Fellowship
Aug 2012

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Artistic Excellence Award
Aug 2012

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Affiliations

New York Flute Club
Aug 2015
Founded in 1920 by eminent flutist Georges Barrère, composer Lamar Stringfield, and a group of their associates, The New York Flute Club is the oldest such organization in the United States. Barrère's idea in starting the Club was to provide a common meeting ground for the professional, student, and amateur; a place where less experienced players could hear new and unusual music for the flute as well as the classic repertory played by fine artists; a place where all might find performance opportunities helpful to the development of their own talents.
College Music Society, The
Aug 2015
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
National Flute Association
Aug 2008
The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

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