Flutist Sarah Deay is a performer and music educator based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She is Co-Principal Flutist of the Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra of McKinney, and Flute III/Piccolo of the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She also performs regularly with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas on flute and piccolo.
In addition to her solo performances, she frequently performs as a member of DuoRose, a flute and percussion duo that she and her husband formed in 2013, and as a member and co-founder of the Birch Crescent Chamber Music Project, a young Dallas-based chamber ensemble dedicated to exploring new sound-worlds and new ways for audiences to listen and engage.
Sarah graduated with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied flute and piccolo with Professors Bonita Boyd and Anne Harrow, respectively. She has played principal flute in the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Musica Nova, and Sound ExChange, and has also performed frequently on piccolo and alto flute.
Also a passionate music educator, Sarah maintains a private flute studio in the Plano, Texas area, and has presented masterclasses at the 2017 and 2018 Austin Flute Society Festival.
Sarah is from San Antonio, Texas where she studied with Tallon Perkes, former Principal Flutist of the San Antonio Symphony, and Robert Cole, former Associate Principal Flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a student of William Kincaid. She has had the great privilege of performing in masterclasses with esteemed flutists such as Jeanne Baxtresser, Walfrid Kujala, Ian Clarke, Emily Skala, Janet Arms, and Jonathan Keeble, and she has performed in orchestral settings under the baton of conductors such as Benjamin Zander, Ken-David Masur, Marlon Chen, Paul Haas, Neil Varon, Brad Lubman, Guillermo Figueroa, and Arthur Arnold.