Hailed by the Calgary Herald as “outstanding”, having “beauty of tone and a wonderfully flexible phrasing”, as well as “perfect intonation” and “meltingly seductive” melodies, Sara Hahn is currently the Principal Flutist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to accepting her post with the Calgary Philharmonic in 2006, Sara performed professionally in the position of Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and completed an extensive three week tour of Japan and Hong Kong with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2002.
As a soloist, Sara has also performed throughout Canada, the United States and Brazil as a guest of the Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival in 2007. In 2015, she performed the Chaminade Concertino with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim, and in April 2016, she performed the world premiere of “The Daughter of Elysium” by Canadian composer, Arthur Bachmann again with the CPO. In 2018 she performed another world premiere, this time written by Canadian composer Peter Togni, with fellow flutist Sarah MacDonald and local choral phenom Luminous Voices under the direction of Timothy Shantz.
Awards for Sara’s solo flute performances include the University of Toronto concerto competition, first place in the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competitions, and the Junior Musical Club Concerto Competition in Winnipeg, which gave her a debut performance as a soloist in front of an orchestra at the age of seventeen. In 2005, Sara was awarded first prize of $10,000 as the winner of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Doris McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with Orchestra.
Sara has been quite active as a flute teacher and coach across Canada for more than two decades. Her enthusiastic approach to sharing musical ideas and techniques have ensured that several of her private students have been accepted into both Undergraduate and Graduate programs across the country. She has been invited to teach and perform at universities throughout Canada, including Lethbridge, Calgary and Winnipeg and was the guest artist for the Syrinx Flute Festival in 2015. Sara is proud to be a co-founder and active member of the Green Banana Flute Studios, an innovative teaching and performing collaboration.
She graduated with honours from the University of Toronto, receiving a Bachelor in Music Performance under internationally renown flutist, Susan Hoeppner.
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