Canadian flutist Sarah Pollard is an active performer and teacher currently based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. As an orchestral musician, she is the newly appointed Principal Flute of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for their 2022/2023 season. Prior to this, she held the position of Second Flute and Piccolo with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra during their 2021/2022 season. Sarah is an alumna of the 2021 Orchestra of the Americas, the 2021 National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado (unable to attend in-person due to COVID-19) and the 2021 National Academy Orchestra of Canada. Previous orchestral memberships include the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Pronto Musica Orchestra, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician Sarah has performed with numerous ensembles, a highlight of which was performing Boulez’s infamous Le marteau sans maître in the 2018 Ottawa Chamberfest’s New Music Now Festival. Sarah has had the honour of being invited to participate in several other chamber music festivals across Canada as well, including Banff’s Evolution: Classical festival directed by the Gryphon Trio, and the Bathurst Chamberfest in New Brunswick.
A passionate and well-respected teacher, Sarah teaches flute and piano students across Canada, and she maintains a private studio in Toronto, Ontario. She has been invited to coach the flutists of the Durham Youth Orchestra as well as the Québec Youth Wind Ensemble.
Sarah is a recent graduate of The Glenn Gould School’s Artist Diploma program, where she studied with full scholarship under the direction of Susan Hoeppner. Sarah previously studied with Carolyn Christie (McGill University, MMus Performance), Nora Shulman and Peg Albrecht (University of Toronto, BMus Performance). In masterclasses and music academies, Sarah has most recently had the opportunity to study with renowned flutists Emmanuel Pahud, Leone Buyse, Jeanne Baxtresser, William Bennett, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Demarre McGill, Kelly Zimba, Joanna G’froerer, Henrik Heide, Agata Igras, Robert Langevin, Gwen Klassen (piccolo) and Claire Guimond (Baroque flute).
Instrument / Discipline
- Youth (7-17)
- Adults (18+)
- Young Children (under 7)
- At own home
- At own studio
- 2022 - Artist Diploma - The Glenn Gould School
- 2020 - Masters of Music - McGill University
- 2018 - Bachelors of Music - University of Toronto
- Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra - Second Flute & Piccolo - 2021