Sierra Schmeltzer

Sierra S.

Los Angeles, CA

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Sierra delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 5+

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Sierra is currently a freelance flutist in the Los Angeles area specializing in chamber and orchestral music. Kick starting her solo career, she won first prize in the Oregon Symphony’s Wiscarson Concerto Competition at the age of 16. More recently, Sierra has performed regularly with multiple award winning chamber ensembles. Through 2017-2018 she performed with the flute and guitar chamber group Duo Adeso. Throughout 2015-2017 she was a member of the Ultra Violet Flute Quartet, winners of the Hartt School Chamber Competition. A lover of ensemble playing and education, Sierra directed the Stratosphere Flute Choir for their 2017-2018 season.

Sierra completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School under the tutelage of New York City based flutist Janet Arms. Sierra is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California, where she is studying with Jim Walker, a previous principle of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and well-known studio musician.

An avid supporter of new music, Sierra premiered a new composition for flute, piano, drums, and saxophone titled Cycles by CT composer Mark Ceppetelli in 2015. She has consistently performed new works by living artists, such as Steven Gryc, Jennifer Higden, Mario Diaz de Leon, Larry Allen Smith, Ian Clarke, David Macbride, and many others.

Sierra has made appearances in the PRISMA Orchestra and The Orpheus Academy Orchestra. She has performed in various orchestral venues around the United States such as The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, Berkman Hall, Lincoln Theatre, Millard Theatre, Evergreen Theatre, and The Historic Elsinore Theatre. She has participated in master classes with notable musicians such as Denis Bouriakov, Jim Walker, Emmanuel Pahud, Zart Dombourian-Eby, Walfrid Kujala, and Jill Felber.

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Graduate Flute Assistant
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
University of Hartford

Organize curriculum for and teach flute technique class once a week to underclassmen flute performance majors. Direct, art direct, organize, and conduct Stratosphere Flute Choir. Mentor freshman performance majors in private lesson format for two hours each week. Step in to run studio technique class when primary instructor is not present. Help flute professor with miscellaneous tasks.

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Master of Music
Sep 2018 - Present
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2013 - May 2017
University of Hartford Hartt School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Flute Association
Jan 2016

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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Photos & Videos

Playing Alto Flute on Rite of Spring at PRISMA 2018!

Playing Principal at PRISMA

Masterclass with Emmanuel Pahud
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3 Reviews

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Greg Sep 29, 2018
Flute · In home

Very attentive and patient educator. Made me want to practice!

Sarah Sep 28, 2018
Flute · In studio

I would highly recommend Sierra to teach all levels of flute lessons! From beginner to advanced! I have been taking flute lessons from Sierra for the past two years and she has taken my playing to the next level. She has helped me develop the proper breath control, pure sound and technique that I needed to give me the next push into mastering the flute. Sierra is an amazing musician, teacher, and person. She works with all ages and levels, and is extremely patient and gracious as a teacher. She will show you everything you need to know and more! I respect her greatly as a person and a player and you will not regret working with her!

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Nick Sep 28, 2018
Flute · In studio

Sierra is a fantastic teacher. Extremely knowledgeable and well-informed, Sierra made me feel accommodated and in good hands. Providing a more youthful perspective on classical music, she welcomed different methods that I wanted to try when it came to approaching technique. Sierra also is fresh out of undergrad and is on the road to her masters degree, which is super helpful for students who are in the midst of the application process for colleges. Thank you so much, Sierra, and I look forward to taking more lessons soon!

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