Flutist Sarah Shin is a vibrant performer, educator, and collaborator. She is currently finishing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts under the tutelage of Bart Feller.
A native of Iowa, Sarah made her concerto debut at age 16, playing Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Central Iowa Symphony Orchestra, where she was the winner of the Young Artist Competition. After, she moved to Boston, MA and attended Walnut Hill School of the Arts where she performed in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Frederico Cortese. Sarah was a finalist of the Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, National Flute Association High School Soloist Competition, and won Second Place of the New England String Ensemble Competition and First Prize of the Des Moines Symphony Alliance Competition.
Sarah has performed in Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Gewandhaus Theatre in Leipzig Germany, and in concert venues throughout Seoul, South Korea. She has performed in festivals in France, Brazil, Mexico, and nation-wide within the United States. She has participated music festivals such as Round Top Festival Institute (TX), Brevard Music Center (NC), Colorado College Music Festival (CO), and Opera in the Ozarks (AR) as principal flute. She has also won and competed as a finalist for competitions such as Classics Alive Artists Competition, First Place of the Upper Midwest Flute Young Artist Competition, and winner of the Rutgers Honors Chamber Music Competition.
As an educator, Sarah has a private studio and gives private flute lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. She has taught masterclasses and workshops in Washington, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, Utah, and New Jersey. She is on faculty at the Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division as flute instructor and chamber music coach. During the 2016-2017 school year, she was on the Flute Faculty at the Center for Musical Excellence in New Vernon, NJ. She also served as the Director of Admissions.
Along with a substantial teaching and performing schedule, Sarah is an active chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Emissary Quartet (www.emissaryquartet.com), founded in 2009. In November 2016, the Emissary Quartet premiered a work by Annika Socolofsky, which was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. Emissary Quartet was quarterfinalists in the 2016 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and was the only flute quartet to have competed within the last seven years. They also performed at the National Flute Association's 44th Convention in San Diego, California. The Emissary Quartet won multiple grants from the Friends of Flutes Foundation, Inc. to perform and teach throughout the country.
Sarah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, and her Masters in Flute Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar. Her primary instructors include Jeanne Baxtresser, Bart Feller, Thomas Robertello, Judy Grant, and additional studies with Alberto Almarza and Marianne Gedigian.