Selected Alumni Bios

Sarah Carrier

Flutist Sarah Carrier received praise from the New York Times for combining “thoughtful musicality with virtuosity in her alternately energetic and delicate account of a flute line laden with light multiphonics and unusual timbres” (Kozinn). She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Sydney Opera House, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center, Le Poisson Rouge, The Stone, and Issue Project Room and can be heard on Centaur Records on composer Sunny Knable’s album American Variations. Through the New York Philharmonic’s “Very Young Composers” program, she is regularly invited to give demonstrations and performances for young composers at Brooklyn’s P.S.39.

She is also a member of the Parhelion Trio. Through the Composer’s Voice “15 Minutes of Fame” series, the trio has over 60 pieces dedicated to them. Of her performance during a Parhelion Trio concert Seth Gilman of The Examiner writes, “Ms. Carrier’s clear tone and articulation, and effortless cantabile utilized the full dynamic range of the flute while instilling a sense of drama.” The trio was selected to perform at the 2014 National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, performing in programs with flutists Mimi Stillman and Molly Barth. Ms. Carrier is a founding member of Syzygy New Music Collective, hailed as “one of 2009's most promising groups” by Sequenza21. As a member of Syzygy, she has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

While a graduate student at NYU Steinhardt, she commissioned the work Kill Switch for flute, cello, percussion, and laptop by Izzi Ramkissoon, which was premiered at her MM degree recital and has since been performed in venues throughout New York City. Also during her studies at NYU, she performed Luminosity for C Flute, Alto Flute, and Electronics by David Taddie as a featured soloist of the NYU New Music Soloists Concert, resulting in an invitation to perform at the “Cross Currents” Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at Penn State University, as well as the NYU Music Technology Open House.

In the summer of 2010, she was a participant at the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes. Ms. Carrier is a winner of numerous competitions, such as the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, Bob Cole Conservatory Scholarship Competition, and La Primavera Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is also a recipient of the CSULB Dean’s List Award, University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellowship, and New York University Graduate Scholarship. Sarah Carrier holds an MM in Flute Performance from NYU under the tutelage of Robert Dick. She earned her BM in Flute Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach, studying with John Barcellona. She has also performed for flutists Jill Felber, William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Louise di Tullio, Rena Urso, Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Keith Underwood, and Bart Feller. She is currently in the DMA program at CUNY Graduate Center, where she continues her studies with Robert Dick.