Sarah McIver

Sarah M.

Catonsville, MD

About Sarah M.

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Sarah teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: March 1998
Last sign in: 4 days ago


I maintain a home studio in Catonsville and my school-age students have consistently been successful in competitions and auditions. I teach all ages, beginner through adult, and would also be pleased to offer flute ensemble or sectionals as well.

I have over 12 years of professional performing experience. While serving with the U.S. Army Field Band, I participated in numerous educational outreach activities ranging from elementary school presentations introducing younger students to music, high school sectionals and individual lessons, Google Hangouts for distance learning, and college-level master classes for flute students and chamber music groups.

I completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010. My thesis covered modern works by Flutist-Composers. I can introduce you to the work of extended techniques on the flute, while also providing a solid foundation in technique, tone production and interpretation.

Photos and Videos

Flute Fundamentals was produced while I was serving as Flute Section Leader with the U.S. Army Field Band.


Flute Instructor
Nov 2015 - Present
The Park School

Chamber Music Coach
Sep 2015 - Present
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras

Sep 2015 - Present
Symphony Number One

Baroque Flutist
Jan 2009 - Present
Washingtons Camerata

Chamber Music
Jan 2007 - Dec 2014
Woodwind Ambassadors Quintet

Performed 17 recitals at top music schools around the US and Puerto Rico. Led master classes and coached college and high school chamber music groups.

Flute and Piccolo
Jan 2003 - Dec 2014
U.S. Army Field Band, Washington DC

Performed Flute and Piccolo in one of America's premiere military musical ensembles. Toured over 100 days per year. Featured soloist on six national tours.


Doctorate of Music, Flute Performance
Sep 2005 - May 2010
University of Maryland, College Park
Masters of Music - Flute
Sep 1999 - Jun 2001
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
Bachelors of Music - Flute
Sep 1995 - Jun 1999
McGill University, Montreal, Canada


Apr 2015
National Flute Association (NFA)


American Federation of Musicians
Mar 2012

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

National Flute Association
Aug 1995

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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molly S. Jan 28, 2017
· Flute · In studio My 3rd lesson with Sarah today as an adult flute student returning to play after a long hiatus: Truly incredible! Sarah is very attentive to my focus on improving tone, breathing, embouchure & more. Today we also played a couple duets which helped me with sight reading. Molly
Molly Dec 26, 2016
· Flute · In studio Background: Although I had played flute some years ago, I had not played for the last dozen years, and now with more time available, I was eager to get back to it. Having read Sarah's bio & watched her Army Field Band video, she seemed like the perfect teacher for me. Sarah met all my expectations. She listened carefully to my goals for the lessons. She truly is a professional, advising me on my concerns which were how to get a more beautiful tone, how to strengthen my embouchure, to find the best finger exercises to improve dexterity, and more.
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