Dr. Sarah Shin is a vibrant performer, educator, and collaborator. She is the Lecturer of Flute at Princeton University, a member of the Richardson Chamber Players, affiliated with Princeton University, and on the faculty at Rutgers University MGSA Community Arts as a flute instructor and chamber music coach. She has given master classes and workshops throughout the nation such as Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Virginia Flute Forum, to name a few. Sarah is a William S. Haynes Artist and performs on a handmade custom Haynes 14k white gold flute.
Some of Sarah’s upcoming solo highlights include performing with Budapest Symphony Orchestra in Salzburg, Austria, performing Mozart’s Concerto for flute and harp with the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra and Mirjam Schröder at The Große Musikvereinssaal, and performing in Prague, Czech Republic at Smetana Hall with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sarah has performed in Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston; Le Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, The DiMenna Center, Le Poisson Rouge, and Alice Tully Hall in New York City; John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Gewandhaus Theatre in Leipzig, Germany; Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea, and MuTh Concert Hall in Vienna, Austria. She has performed in festivals and with ensembles and orchestras in France, Brazil, Mexico, and nationwide within the United States, such as Brevard Music Center, Colorado College Music Festival, and Round Top Festival Institute. She has also performed at conventions of the National Flute Association and the Flute Society of Washington, Inc.
In 2023, she is a Gala Honoree of the Martha Graham Dance Company. When attending her masters at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, she was awarded an Artistic Excellence Award and the Barbara and David Jacobs Scholarship Fellowship, given to ten students out of the entire entering class. She has won First Place Prize at the Golden Classical Music International Competition, American Protégé International Competition, Upper Midwest Flute Association: Young Artist Competition, and the Rutgers University Honors Chamber Music Competition.
Along with being a soloist and educator, Sarah is an avid chamber musician and collaborator. She is a founding member of the Emissary Quartet, a flute quartet dedicated to new music. The Emissary Quartet won grants from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, NewMusic USA, Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Friends of Flute Foundation to promote new music through performance and education. They enjoy working with composers and creating projects such as a Call for Scores competition, which accumulated 190 submissions from over 5 continents. EQ has given presentations and taught educational workshops at University of Washington, the New Jersey Flute Society, the Suzuki Association of Utah, and the Utah Flute Association. They held residencies in Pittsburgh, Seattle, Iowa, to name a few. The Emissary Quartet was a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. They also performed at the 2018 BMI Classical Music Awards Ceremony in New York City and the National Flute Association’s 44th Convention in San Diego, California, and will perform at the 2021 National Flute Association Virtual Convention.
Sarah is President of the New Jersey Flute Society, the National Flute Association 2024 Convention Assistant Program Chair, and serves on two committees for the National Flute Association. With the New Jersey Flute Society, Sarah initiated the first Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, first Scholarship Fund, and the Flute For All! Outreach Educational Flute Program. During the beginning of the pandemic, Sarah and the New Jersey Flute Society created a Q&A series designed to help those in need called “NJFS Gives Back.” The Q&A Series interviews well-known musicians and all proceeds will go to a charity chosen by the artists or to a scholarship fund for a student to take flute lessons. A couple of charities whose proceeds were donated are God’s Love We Deliver, Children’s Defense Fund, the NAACP, and Girls for Gender Equity.
Sarah attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts and is an honorary alum of the Young Artist Program at the Boston Flute Academy. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and her Master of Music in Flute Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and received her Doctor of Musical Arts at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is grateful for her teachers Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Thomas Robertello, Bart Feller, Judy Grant, Dr. Sonja Giles, and Marianne Gedigian.