Sarah Steranka, flutist
Sarah Steranka is a Pittsburgh-based flutist, educator, and advocate for new and experimental music. Since making her solo debut with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic at the age of twenty, she has since appeared in concert across Europe and the U.S. Sarah has dedicated her career to challenging the boundaries of contemporary musical performance, educating flutists of all ages, and positively impacting the lives of families and individuals through music.
Sarah's work as a soloist and chamber musician explores the innovative work of living composers and pushes the limits of the flute. The most recent additions to her repertoire include commissions by Ramin Akhavijou, Marilyn Shrude, Elizabeth Brown, and Zvonimir Nagy. Sarah has appeared on Music on the Edge’s Beyond Microtonal Music Festival, The Cleveland Uncommon Sound Re:Sound Festival, and The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music.
Sarah performs locally with Alia Musica and Kamratōn where she continues to play the most innovative and challenging repertoire of the decade on the flute, as well as on piccolo, alto, bass, and contrabass flutes. Sarah enjoys performing as a regular member of the Westmoreland Symphony and Pittsburgh Festival Opera and has also appeared with the Johnstown and Akron symphonies.
Also a passionate educator, Sarah maintains a rigorous instructional schedule. She holds adjunct positions at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Flute Academy, where she maintains a thriving private studio with students of all ages and levels. Learn more about Sarah's private studio and the opportunities available to her students here!
Sarah has also appeared as a guest artist and lecturer at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music, the Woodlands Foundation, and the International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University.
Sarah Steranka currently pursues a master's degree at Duquesne University where she studies with Jennifer Steele and performs with the Triano Woodwind Quintet under the artistic guidance of James Gorton. She earned a B.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon University where her principal teachers were Alberto Almarza and Jeanne Baxtresser.
When not playing or teaching, Sarah enjoys spending time at the dog park with her 150-pound Newfie Shadow.