Sarah McIver

Sarah M.

Catonsville, MD
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I combine many years of professional performing experience in a variety of ensembles and genres, with my advanced education - a Doctorate in Music Performance, to bring a love of music and of playing the flute to my students. I get passionate about helping my students set and meet - even exceed - their goals. Lessons and repertoire are tailored towards individual learning styles.
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Sarah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 1998

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.

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Baroque Flutist
Jan 2009 - Present
Washingtons Camerata

Freelance Performer
Jan 2003 - Present
Washington DC/Baltimore

Perform with Apollo Orchestra, American Pops Orchestra, Maryland Symphony, Cathedral Choral Society, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, and other freelance ensembles.

Flute Instructor
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
The Park School

Chamber Music Coach
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras

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.

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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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Photos & Videos

Flute Fundamentals was produced while I was serving as Flute Section Leader with the U.S. Army Field Band.
Performing on a Chinese d'izi flute for Miss Saigon at Signature Theatre

Performing Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face' as an ecore with the Symphony Number One woodwind quintet.
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4 Reviews

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Mike Kirkpatrick Feb 27, 2018
Flute · In studio

Personable, experienced, knows how to teach.

Mike Feb 6, 2018
Flute · In studio

Sarah is personable, detailed, and knows how to tailor a lesson to meet individual needs.

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

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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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